Exquisite, timeless, timepieces are sexy by anyone's standards. The designers are coming out with some incredible lines and models, with many of the high-end pieces looking like originals. In fact, some are one-of-a-kind. If you can't decide what to get her for her next birthday, your anniversary or as a demonstration of love, any one of these watches will delight her.
For those millionaires and billionaires out there, don't be shy, consider buying two. The dressier wristwatches are best worn for special occasions; to the opera, a dinner party, the Governor's Ball. Yet, every girl needs her own timepiece to wear during the daytime too, if you expect her to be on time.
For decades, the majority of high-end watches were designed for "him". This is possibly because women had so many other choices of jewelry to wear on their wrists. Now, the master watchmakers are introducing the most spectacular timepieces. Some are feminine versions of already created watches for men. However, we are seeing an amazing influx of luxury watches that are being designed exclusively for "her". It seems that designers and watch craftsman now realize how much fun they can have being excessive with diamonds and other exquisite gems. Women love their bling and watchmakers have finally come to that realization.
Some watches look like bracelets where the watch is a part of the design, which comes in handy during a less than fascinating evening. No one would even know if she is checking the time. (That is not to say that she will see you as less than fascinating.) Others look like spectacular timepieces and use a variety of the highest quality complications such as chronograph and tourbillon. Interesting to note: all of these luxury watches are analog and many still use roman numerals. (Digital is still best for more sporty events, such as running, biking, hiking and swimming.)
The truth is, the choices are endless and it took a great deal of "window shopping" to find the specific pieces we think your woman will love the most. Of course, you'll need to pull out the platinum credit card with the highest credit limit, as these darlings cost as much as most people's cars and homes.
Each manufacturer offers an incredible array of ultra-feminine timepieces. All of those we reviewed have polished gold cases, most of them are 18-carat and they all display the time. That's where the similarities end. Go ahead and take a peek. Think about it, if you pick out just the right one and leave it under her pillow - it might be all she will be wearing when you get home.
10 Hublot Big Bang Black Fluo: $20,400
This is such a dazzlingly different timepiece. It's totally hip and is perfect for a night out dancing at a club. Hublot really understands what women like and this one is on the affordable side for some. The chronograph has three sub-dials and a black diamond pave dial. That's 232 black diamonds (1.24-carats) that actually blend in to the black background. The beautiful pink (or any other color they offer like blue, green, etc...) bezel is set with 36 brilliant pink sapphires. The case is polished black PVD stainless steal and is set with 198 black diamonds weighing in at 1.12-carats. This is a limited edition model, with only 250 made.
9 Omega Ladymatic: $34,200
This Ladymatic is offered with a choice of a polished or snow-set diamond-paved bezel. This particular model is made with an 18-carat yellow-gold case and the polished bezel. Beautiful brown, contemporary dial is very low-key and contemporary. It's complete with diamonds at each number position except for the three, which provides an automatic date instead.
8 Vacheron Constantin 1972 Cambree: $31,400
This is a contemporary, yet elegant, timepiece that is perfect for an afternoon at the country club or on the yacht. The sporty look comes from the white gold case with a diamond-filled bezel: four rows of diamonds on top and bottom and three rows on both sides, which totals 232 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 1.37 carats). The silver dial makes a great backdrop for the roman numeral hour markers. The baby blue crocodile strap is a beautiful choice. It's the total look that makes this a great gift for that lovely lady in your life.
7 Harry Winston Avenue C Aurora: $32,400
Harry Winston is known for adorning many of the stars who walk down the red carpet. Of course, the label is also known for extreme expense and luxury. This particular timepiece is strapped with white alligator leather that beautifully offsets the fixed bezel studded with diamonds. Small second hand (subdial) at the lower portion is diamond paved and dazzling against the mother-of-pearl dial and silver-toned hands. Total diamonds: 3.94-carats with quartz movement.
6 Piaget Altiplano Double Jeu: $33,268
This "double play" Piaget Altiplano is made with 18-carat rose gold on the upper and lower case and has two faces so the wearer can keep track of two time zones. Piaget is generally known for its ultra thin designs, and now the double jeu throws caution to the wind to bring us this new style. The intricacy and complexity are disguised by its simple and uncomplicated appearance.
5 Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster: $42,000
The Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster is a magnificent piece of jewelry. Introduced in 1992, this timepiece uses a white mother-of-pearl dial with pink-gold lotus flowers and roman numeral pink-gold numbers. The case is made from 18-carat Everrose gold, the bezel is set with diamonds and it uses a winding crown. The bracelet is made of 18-carat Everose gold and is diamond-set on the rounded five-piece links.
4 Patek Philippe Gondolo for Ladies: $85,301
What woman would turn down this flashy, yet-elegant bracelet-watch? There are very few watches that look as chic as the Gondolo. The strap itself is a work of art with its diamond-filled arches that give a bit of a Deco feel. The diamond baguettes that surround the diamond-studded dial adds that little extra something. The whole piece is dazzling and could actually be worn day or night. Patek Philippe is known for high quality craftsmanship and more edgy designs.
3 Blancpain Chronograph Grande Date: $115,500
The delicate mother-of-pearl dial uses a unique time system, with a two-part composition. The smaller dial gives the hour and minute, while the chronographic seconds hand circles around the outlining diamonds. Enjoy the artistic design with the two waves of 17 more diamonds that arch out to each side.
2 Breguet Reine de Naples Collection: $268,263
This sophisticated line was inspired by the look of early bracelet-watches of yesteryear. It is utterly feminine with its white gold pearl bracelet and diamond-baguette covered case, bezel and dial. Breguet's Reine De Naples is an Italian brand and is known for having made the first timepiece for a queen and has been designing for royalty ever since.
1 Chanel Premiere Flying Tourbillon: $276,000
This incredible watch was debuted at the 25th anniversary of the Premiere watch line, and designed to have the finest women's "high mechanical complications". A complication is considered to be any function on a watch aside from time, so the more features it has, the more complications. This Chanel Premiere Flying Tourbillon, with its unique shape and design, is in 18-carat white gold, has a case, bevel and crown that are set with baguette-cut, round diamonds and precious stones; a total of 5.7 carats of baguettes and 2-carats of round diamonds. This is a limited edition line of only 20.