There’s no set definition of a luxury watch as these beautiful pieces span the gamut of style, functionality, and even price points. For some, only watches of the highest quality, from the oldest horological houses fall in the luxury category. Others consider luxury to be associated with the highest prices. But we believe that at its heart, a luxury watch is a high quality timepiece that makes the wearer feel indulged and special when wearing it. With this in mind, here are our picks for the best luxury watches for women.
The name Cartier is synonymous with luxury and its excellent watches do not disappoint. The Ballon Bleu isn’t quite as well-known as Cartier’s iconic “Tank” watch, but it certainly rivals its elegance. This unique two-tone model sports a 18k pink gold bezel with a stainless steel and pink gold bracelet and fluted crown. The silvered dial has a delicate guilloche pattern at its core and minute markers surround the inner ring. Eleven brilliant diamonds serve as hour markers, elevating the sense of luxury. And usual, Cartier’s signature blue sword-style hands are a key feature. This Swiss-made automatic timepiece has a 38-hour reserve and offers the reliability one would expect of Cartier.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s stunning reversible watch is an exquisite balance between classical understatement and art deco-style whimsy. The swiveling rectangular stainless steel case embraces a white guilloche dial with floral black Arabic numeral hour markers and bright blue hands. In contrast, the reverse dial is jet black with 32-diamonds surrounding the bezel and silvered Dauphine-style hands. Both dials are protected by sapphire crystal and pair well with the white Alligator leather band. This 19-jewel mechanical watch has a 50-hour power reserve. Like all JLC watches, it has passed its 1,000-hour control test, offering assurance of its high performance.
This Versace chronograph from the “Reve” collection offers a bit of casual fun among luxury watches that tend toward formal. The stainless steel bezel, imprinted with the brand’s name, encircles a white Mother of Pearl dial with a shell-like textured center. Applied silver-tone stick indices mark the hour, except at the 12 o’clock position where Versace’s traditional Medusa-head logo sits and at 4 o’clock, which features a date window. The three chronograph sub-dials are governed by pushers graced with blue cabochons. The Greek key lugs add a bit of sparkle with 52 diamonds and hold a grey leather strap with a crocodile pattern. The Swiss quartz watch is water resistant to 100 feet, meaning that it is able to withstand splashes but not immersion.
Here’s another chronograph, this time by the ultra-luxe jewelers, Chopard. Surprisingly, there’s no bling on this watch. Still, it’s all feminine elegance with its soft pink-and-lavender hued Mother of Pearl dial. Luminous black-and-white losange-style hands and hour indices please the eye, as does the curving inner ring, which embraces the three chronograph sub-dials. A small date window peeks between 4 and 5 o’clock positions. Made entirely of stainless steel, this lovely automatic watch has a 42-hour power reserve and was made in Switzerland.
When one thinks of luxury watches for women, one doesn’t typically think of “sporty” styles. Especially not sporty styles with diamonds. But TAG Heuer pulls it off. This gorgeous black-and-silver divers’ watch may have a diamond-encrusted black ceramic bezel and diamond hour markers, but it’s still perfectly functional for recreational dives. It has luminous hands and minute markers, making it easy to read even underwater, and is water-resistant to 660 feet. The link bracelet is stainless steel with black ceramic center links and closes with a fold-over push button clasp. It’s a glittering dark beauty that any woman would love, sporty or not.