Best Women’s Watches Of 2020Written by Melissa Kong
Rounding up our favourite women’s watches of the year.
If there was one thing good that came out of this dreadful year, it’s that we saw a substantial increase in the number of watches dedicated to women. We’re not just talking pretty timepieces to flaunt on the wrist (although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that). Instead, women’s watches have really evolved to deliver both beauty and brains to a growing ladies’ market. Here are some of our favourites from this year.
Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36
Running on the COSC-certified self-winding Breitling Calibre 10, the Chronomat Automatic 36 holds its own in every way with a myriad of dial options and steel, 18K red gold or bi-colour models. Coupled with the collection’s signature Rouleaux bracelet, the watch makes for a super comfy fit on the wrist, while at the same time oozing sports luxe chic. And hey, if it’s good enough for Charlize Theron, Misty Copeland and Yao Chen, it’s good enough for us. More on the watch here.
Chopard Alpine Eagle Small
Launched just a year after the inauguration of Chopard’s Alpine Eagle collection, the Alpine Eagle Small is the Swiss jeweller and watchmaker’s pitch at women who don’t want to share their partner’s timepiece. In a new 36mm size, the Alpine Eagle Small comes in Lucent Steel—the brand’s ethical metal that’s 50 per cent harder than other steels and on par in quality to surgical steel, which is hypoallergenic. The lustrous sheen of the metal, sprinkle of diamonds around the bezel, plus signature textured dial that mimics an eagle’s iris, work together to deliver a feminine winner.
Hermès Cape Cod Martelée
Esteemed for its exceptional craftsmanship, whether in leather goods or timepieces, Hermès always knows how to fashion stunning works of art. The iconic Cape Cod here is given a fresh touch with a goldsmithing technique that results in a thoroughly unique dial. The artisans use a complex skill known as hammering on the case and dial, the latter then coated with a thin layer of translucent lacquer in gradated shades from anthracite to black. Elegant but also slightly rugged, the Cape Cod Martelée is as versatile as they come.
Maillon De Cartier
Honestly, we can’t quite get enough of this watch. Equal parts retro and flamboyant, the Maillon De Cartier is something we want to put on our wrists and never take off. The fluid bracelet with diagonal links melds into a faceted case that flaunts a skewed hexagonal profile, giving it a voluminous profile that’s part-graceful, part-opulent. The yellow gold option is great for all occasions, and dresses up a casual jeans-and-t-shirt ensemble, while the fully-paved diamond version makes for a truly delectable dinner party accessory. Check out the watches here.
Omega De Ville Trésor
In a glittering update to Omega’s Trésor line, this new 36mm version features a case and dial made entirely from 18K Moonshine gold—Omega’s proprietary alloy inspired by the glow of the moon in the night sky. We love the embossed silk pattern on the dial with the signature elongated Roman numerals, as well as the new gold mesh bracelet that gives it a slinky vintage vibe, brimming with old-school Hollywood glam.
Patek Philippe Twenty~4 4910/1200A
Returning to a familiar favourite from 1999, the manchette-style Twenty~4 makes a comeback this year with new dials in sunray blue or grey, as well as applied Arabic numerals and trapeze-shaped markers for a more contemporary look. The crown is also endowed with a Patek Philippe signature—the Calatrava cross. Diamonds are, of course, di rigueur for the Twenty~4 and flank each side of the bezel for a sophisticated look. Read more about the new Twenty~4 here.
Vacheron Constantin Égérie
Our best women’s watches list would not be complete without the charismatic Vacheron Constantin Égérie that stole our hearts the moment we saw it. Blending high fashion with high horology, the Égérie collection is a delightful mix of diamonds, pleats, scalloped numerals and precious stones, all tied together with an off-centred charm. The alligator leather straps are easily interchangeable too, so you don’t have to pop into the boutique every time you want a new look. Read more here or watch our video review here
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".
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