Selecting the Ideal Women’s Designer Watch

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While a diamond may be a girl’s best friend, stunning women’s watches aren’t far behind. Much like a beautiful pair of diamond stud earrings, women’s designer watches are a versatile addition to any jewelry collection. Whether you’re treating yourself for a special accomplishment or shopping for the special woman in your life, our team of ladies’ watch experts has put together a helpful shopping guide to selecting the ideal women’s designer watch.

Why Consider Purchasing a Luxury Women’s Watch?

Tudor Royal Watch

A woman’s designer watch is the perfect accessory that can be pulled out and worn with anything in your wardrobe. A stylish extension of yourself, a woman’s luxury watch can be a subtle accent or bold statement piece. Your timepiece should represent your personality and add style and sophistication to your look.

The ultimate accessory for every occasion, your luxury woman’s timepiece can easily transition from an afternoon of errands to a fancy night on the town. Whether your watch is a status symbol, keepsake, or luxurious accessory, it will add charm and appeal while embracing your wrist.

Why Consider a Luxury Women’s Watch as a Gift?

Gifting a luxury women’s watch to someone special is perfect for showing your care. Investing in a women’s designer watch makes a wonderful gift for her and will add memories and value to her collection. While there are a few differences between shopping for a men’s watch and purchasing a women’s timepiece, our specialists would be thrilled to help you find the perfect choice for the special occasion. A designer timepiece makes a lovely present that’s practical for many celebratory occasions and milestone events.

Consider gifting women’s watches for:

  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Graduation
  • Christmas
  • Valentine’s Day

How to Select a Ladies Wristwatch

OMEGA Constellation Quartz Watch with Lilac Dial

Finding a luxury women’s watch that meets all your expectations is essential. Much like selecting the ideal bracelet or bangle, there are various factors to consider when buying ladies’ watches. Whether you prefer to select a designer woman’s watch for the brand’s name or aesthetic, we recommend not investing in a timepiece that simply catches your eye without first doing a little research.

There are various features and designs to select from, making luxury women’s watch shopping a little overwhelming for some. Making informed decisions will ensure you feel confident about your investment. A finely crafted timepiece will be with you for years and possibly generations. From size and shape to the band style, we urge you to weigh all options before making your final selection.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Watch Shopping

Do you want to layer your watch with a gorgeous tennis bracelet? Will you wear your new women's designer watch with gold, silver, or multi-metal accessories? Do you spend much time outdoors and require a reliable band to withstand daily activities? Answering these questions can help you narrow down the watch options that suit your wants and needs best, and you’ll feel more confident in your choices.

Women’s Designer Watch Band Styles to Consider

Choosing between a strap and bracelet band for your woman’s watch usually comes down to preference and the look you’re going for. But ensuring both beauty and comfort brings you years of wear. While designer women’s watches are remarkable with rubber, nylon, leather, or metal, our watch experts have a few suggestions to help you decide which bracelet style is right for you.  

What Features Should You Look for When Buying a Women’s Watch?

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Ladies' Quartz Movement White Mother-of-Pearl Dial Watch

Whether this is your first designer women’s watch or you’re expanding your collection, there are plenty of features to consider as you begin your search. From the watch band material to the diameter of the face, each option provides a different look and feel. We've compiled a helpful list of features to consider as you shop for your luxury watch. 

Why Consider Watches with a Bracelet Band?

A luxury woman’s watch with a bracelet-style band provides an elegant and sophisticated look fit for casual or dressy occasions while giving the appearance of a fine bracelet draped around the wrist. From stainless steel to gold women’s watches, the metal band is incredibly durable and resilient for those prone to accidental bumps and scratches.

While some of our best women’s watches are offered with a bracelet band, our watch experts recommend trying each one on for comfort. Some bracelet bands can be more comfortable than others, as the metal adds varying weight to each timepiece. You may also want to consider when and where to wear your timepiece. Considering your daily routine or special events may help you decide if a bracelet band is the right choice for your watch. 

Why Consider Watches with a Strap Band? 

Selecting a women’s watch with a leather, rubber, or nylon strap band offers lightweight comfort while providing luxury and durability. You'll always find a vast selection of colors and styles, each with a different look and feel to accommodate your wants and needs. A strap band is ideal for rugged outdoor adventures, water activities, and those working with their hands. 

Selecting Your Watch Movement

Breitling Navitimer Automatic 35 Steel with Brown Crocodile Strap

The movement of your designer woman’s timepiece is one of many considerations to make. The watch’s movement, or caliber, keeps it ticking. Think of it as the intricate mechanism behind your luxury watch that functions like an engine to keep things running smoothly.

You’ll find 2 types of watch movements, including:

  • Quartz
  • Mechanical 

What are Quartz Watch Movements?

Watches with quartz movements require a lithium battery and are known for impeccable timekeeping. This type of movement is easier to maintain but equally as luxurious as mechanical women’s watches. You’ll also find some of the best women’s watches offer a quartz movement that can recharge the batteries with sunlight. 

What are Mechanical Watch Movements?

A watch with a mechanical movement may be automatic or self-winding. This type of watch keeps time without a battery, harnessing kinetic energy through movement. You’ll find mechanical movements are preferred amongst luxury women’s timepieces but may be slightly less accurate at keeping time.

Consider Your Watch Case and Caseback Options

Your timepiece decision will also come down to the material, embellishments, shape, and size of the casing. Narrowing down your preferences before you venture out to shop can help save you time and energy. 

Watch Case Shape

Hamilton Ladies' Ventura Quartz Stainless Steel Watch

You’ll find an exquisite selection of watch shapes for women. If you’re one to stray from tradition, you may fall in love with the sleek triangular stylings of the Hamilton Ladies’ Ventura.

While you’ll always find an alluring collection of watches that can be worn as unisex timepieces, you’ll tend to find more shape variety for women, including:

  • Square
  • Rectangle
  • Octagonal
  • Oval 

Watch Case Sizes

Depending on your preference for how your ladies’ watch will fit your wrist, you may be inclined to select your watch case size accordingly. While some women adore the look of a delicate watch face snug around their wrist, others prefer the bold, large face similar to men’s watches. 

Does Watch Case Diameter Affect Comfort?

As you search for your ideal women’s timepiece, we highly recommend trying on several watch case diameters to determine the look and feel on your wrist. Depending on the size of your wrist, its diameter may affect your comfort or movement of your wrist if it’s too large. You may discover a larger diameter feels clunky or restrictive, while a small case may be too difficult to read. Keep in mind the thickness of the watch casing can also affect the comfort and appeal. 

Selecting an Open or Closed Caseback Timepiece

Breitling Superocean II Automatic 36

Quartz watches do not typically have an open caseback or viewing window. Their closed casebacks conceal the beautiful inner workings of the timepiece but may not be of great importance to some women.

However, if you or the special lady in your life are searching for an open caseback, the magnificence of a mechanical timepiece’s movement is quite a site. Many mechanical women’s luxury wristwatches can be found with a clear caseback made of sapphire or mineral crystal. 

Selecting Women’s Watch Materials

With such an extraordinary collection of ladies’ watches made from various materials, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide. If your heart isn't yet set on a particular aesthetic, understanding your watch material choices may help.

The most popular women’s watch materials include:

  • Gold
  • Stainless steel
  • Titanium
  • Platinum 

Gold Women’s Watches

Gold women’s watches will always be a classic choice. A favorite of many, the variety of choices makes any gold ladies’ watch gift the perfect addition to her fine jewelry collection. Whether she prefers yellow, white, or rose gold, you’ll find a remarkable selection that pairs well with earrings, pendants, or engagement rings.

However, you may want to note that gold women’s watches are typically more expensive. And while the most popular are made of 18k gold, this metal is more delicate than a stainless steel watch. 

Stainless Steel Women’s Watches

Breitling Navitimer Automatic 36mm Watch with Burgundy Leather Strap

The most common metal for men’s and women’s wristwatches is stainless steel. The beautiful metal offers undeniable high quality, durability, and exceptional value. From luster to holding up against everyday wear, stainless steel can be found amongst many of the best women’s watches on the market. 

Titanium Women’s Watches

Titanium offers 30% more durability than stainless steel. It is also 45% lighter, making it an exception metal for women who don’t want the weight of a watch on their wrist. The resistant metal is well-suited for women concerned about surface scratches. 

Platinum Women’s Watches

While platinum is a coveted metal for engagement rings, it also makes for a gorgeous women’s designer watch. Her platinum wedding ring and watch will make a stunning pair. However, the heavier metal will most certainly be felt when comparing wristwatches.   

Ladies Designer Watch Embellishments

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200

What a woman’s watch may lack in complications is certainly made up for in embellishments. With beautiful diamond-encrusted bezels and lavish diamond accent markers, you won’t even miss the extra complication choices found on many men’s watches. From breathtaking mother-of-pearl dials to ladies’ watch faces in stunning colors with engraved Roman numerals to match, it may be difficult to leave with just one.

Our Favorite Luxury Women’s Watch Brands

With so many finely crafted designer watches to select from, it’s hard to narrow down our top recommendations. Instead, our watch specialists have compiled their favorite luxury ladies’ watch brands to help you start your search.

Noted for defining features, impeccable craftsmanship, and value, two designer women’s watch brands make a lasting impression with every piece they offer. Whether you fancy a stunning watch for fine dining events or a casual piece to caress your wrist, you’ll have plenty of choices from our favorite two brands:

  1. TAG Heuer Women’s Watches
  2. Breitling Women’s Watches

TAG Heuer Ladies’ Watches

Since 1860, TAG Heuer designer timepieces have continued to be unparalleled in mechanical accuracy. There’s no denying the versatility of sleek lines, classic design, and stellar reputation as a leader in Swiss timepieces. TAG’s selection of ladies’ watches offers designs that allow you to transition your day-to-night look seamlessly. 

Best Women’s Watches from TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer Ladies' Aquaracer Professional 300

TAG always has an exceptional timepiece for every woman’s taste. If you’re an outdoor adventurer, you may gravitate towards TAG’s sporty aesthetic accented with diamonds. Merging function and beauty, the versatile timepiece adds just the right touch to your wrist.

If you’re inclined to mix and match your fine jewelry metals, we recommend selecting a beautiful watch with two-tone metals for perfect pairings every time. This stunning TAG women’s watch will make the ideal accent for all your 14k yellow and white gold jewelry.  

Breitling Ladies’ Watches

Feast your eyes on Breitling’s collection of women’s designer watches, and you’ll understand why it’s one of the world's most sought-after luxury timepiece brands. Breitling watches boast style, elegance, and unmatched quality, making them the ideal keepsakes for generations. From divine crocodile bands to sporty styles ready for the water, Breitling never ceases to accommodate every lady's taste.

Best Women’s Watches from Breitling

Breitling Super Chronomat 38mm Diamond Watch with Blue Rubber Strap

From a diamond-accented Chronomat to your choice of colored leather straps, gift your significant other with a timeless anniversary gift from Breitling. Each timepiece is expertly designed to meet your needs, from outdoor adventures to romantic evenings out. Combining everything a woman desires in a wristwatch, Breitling offers an incredibly versatile collection of luxury women’s watches. 

Our Watch Maintenance and Repair Services

At Fink's Jewelers, we pride ourselves on impeccable watch repairs and services for all your women’s timepiece needs. You’ll find a certified watch repair specialist on-site at many of our locations, ready to answer questions and provide excellent service. Our knowledgeable timepiece repair team is available to provide routine and preventative services, including cleanings and watch battery replacements for your luxury Swiss timepieces.

Our luxury watch services include:

  • Battery replacement
  • Polishing, cleaning, and lubricating
  • Repair and replacement of faulty or worn-down clasps
  • Adding, removing, and inspecting timepiece links and hinges
  • Certified manufacturer's warranty repairs for luxury brand watches 

We invite you to visit a Fink's Jewelers location near you for all your designer women's watch wants and needs. Our timepiece experts are ready to help you find the ideal watch to grace your wrist today.