Trend Watch: Best Mens Watches for Women

5 Men’s Watches That Look Amazing on Women

When it comes to the rules of fashion, chic women aren’t very good at following them. In fact, the most stylish ladies throw the rulebook out and abide by their own guidelines.

First thing that comes to mind is our centuries-long curiosity with men’s clothing and accessories. Women are particularly good at taking items conventionally labeled as menswear and making it their own. It’s hard to imagine now, but women only started wearing trousers in the in the 1920s. Could you imagine your wardrobe without your favorite pair of pants? Thank goodness for fashion rebels that pave the way for new trends.

Almost a century later, we see the same approach in the luxury watch space. There are plenty of women out there who are sporting watches that were in fact designed for men—and these ladies look fab doing it.

Traditionally, women’s watches have been smaller, more bejeweled, more delicate, and less complex than their male counterparts. Which is fine because a dash of diamonds is always welcomed, but it’s shouldn’t be the only option for ladies who love watches. Particularly frustrating is the prevalence of quartz calibers at the heart of women’s watches rather than mechanical movements. Consequently, women are turning to larger, more robust, more complex, and ultimately, more interesting men’s watches to wear.

Have a look at some of our favorite men’s watches that would look great on a woman’s wrist.

 

Rolex Datejust 36

As Rolex’s signature dress watch, the Datejust is offered in a variety of sizes, from the petite to the oversized. However, for a long time, the 36mm Datejust was classified as the men’s option—the brand only introduced a larger Datejust II in 2011.

Yet, for a long time women have been opting for the men’s Datejust 36 rather than the smaller Lady-Datejust given that 36mm is neither too big nor too small for most. Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Anniston, and Eva Longoria proudly sport their “men’s” Datejust 36 watches. The best part about the Rolex Datejust 36 collection is variety. The famous luxury watch is available in a slew of metals, along with an immense choice of dial colors, bezel designs, bracelet styles, and gems embellishments.

 

Omega Speedmaster Reduced

Based on the design of the Omega Speedmaster Professional that went to the moon, but equipped with modern features, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced marries legendary status and contemporary practicality.

Similar to the “Moonwatch,” there Speedy Reduced has the rugged stainless steel body, the chronograph functionality, the Hesalite crystal, and the sleek black bezel and black dial combo. However, rather than a manual-wind movement, the Omega Speedmaster Reduced runs on an automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve. Plus, it has a 39mm case rather than the larger 42mm case of the Professional versions, making it ideal for ladies looking for a sub-40mm chronograph watch. A fantastic sporty chronograph, even Stana Katic from ABC’s Castle show wears a Speedy!

 

Cartier Ronde Solo

We can thank Coco Chanel for endorsing menswear-inspired clothing for women, ditching the frills and adopting a more androgynous fashion style. In fact, this has remained a very French approach to fashion and Cartier is no exception. In fact, the chic timepieces that come out of Maison Cartier are often considered unisex in style, offered in a range of sizes to suit different wrist measurements.

While the 42mm Cartier Ronde Solo is categorized as a men’s watch due to its large case, its slim profile and classic design make it easy for a woman to include it in her wardrobe. Just like the little black dress, a stainless steel round case paired with a black leather strap is always appropriate.

 

Rolex Daytona

With a case size measuring 40mm and the added bulk of the two chronograph pushers, the Rolex Daytona is certainly not a shy watch. But it has been the it luxury sports watch among the fashion-set and celeb A-listers for a while now. Some famous ladies who are often spotted with their Rolex Daytona chronos are Elle McPherson, Sofia Vergara, Madonna, Chiara Ferragni, and members of the Kardashian clan, just to name a few.

Available in a range of metals including steel, gold, and platinum, gold versions of the Daytona are particularly beautiful for women to wear. Prestigious, precious, and technically sound, the Daytona is well deserving of its iconic status among luxury chronograph watches.

 

Panerai Luminor

Most often associated with Hollywood action stars like Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Panerai is a heavyweight player in the oversized watch trend. But Heidi Klum got onboard and showed us that ladies can rock a mega Panerai too!

With a 44mm cushion case outfitted with the signature bridge protecting the winding crown, the Panerai Luminor Marina is a hefty timepiece. Yet, its time-only dial is characteristically minimal, displaying oversized markers on a dark background, while the classic black leather strap adds a touch of elegance.

If you’re a lady looking for a fine timepiece, don’t limit yourself to those labeled as women’s watches—browse the men’s department too. You might just find the perfect piece waiting for you there.

February Watch of the Month: Cartier Tank Française

This month we are talking about one of our favorite classic timepieces. The Cartier Tank Française.

Just last year, Cartier celebrated the 100th anniversary of their famous Tank watch. The Cartier Tank was designed by Louis Cartier himself in 1917, and according to legend, the design was inspired by the new military tanks that fought on the battlefields during World War I.

The distinct ridged lines and rectangular shape of the Tank timepiece was intriguing indeed during a time when watches were typically round. Over the last century, the Tank watch has remained a mainstay in Cartier’s watch collections, with the brand producing countless iterations of the timepiece. The most popular version among them is the modern Tank Française watch, which made its debut in 1996.

 

Cartier Tank Française Watch Design Elements

When looking down at the watch, the case mimics the cockpit of an armored vehicle while the thick sides of the case—known as brancards—resemble a tank’s treads. In fact, to emphasize the military connection, the very first Tank watch was bestowed to American general John Pershing in 1918 to celebrate his contribution to the victory of the Allies.

When Cartier introduced the Tank Française, the Maison took a very contemporary approach to one of their most classic watches. For instance, the case of the Tank Française is squarer in shape rather than rectangular. Yet, the most distinct design detail of the then-new Tank Française was its integrated metal bracelet. The chain-link bracelet watch was very well received, particularly among a younger audience, and continues to be a top-seller for Cartier. Like most Cartier watches, the Tank Française is a unisex timepiece, available in a range of sizes from small to medium to large to extra-large.

In keeping with Cartier watch design codes, most Tank Française watches have the familiar black Roman numerals and blue sword-shaped hands on a white dial, along with the blue cabochon-cut stone mounted on the winding crown. Of course, there’s the “secret Cartier signature” hidden in the VII or X numerals too. There are some exceptions within the ladies’ Tank Française collection however, such as different color mother-of-pearl dials and diamond indexes rather than numerals.

Although the integrated bracelet and full metal look of the Tank Française is the most ubiquitous style, Cartier has introduced a few leather strap versions too. And whilst the stainless steel Tank Française is by far the most popular edition, there are some two-tone, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum, and diamond models too.

In terms of functionality, the Cartier Tank Française collection runs the gamut from basic time-only models to chronograph versions. Furthermore, there quartz caliber editions, as well as mechanical movement versions too.

 

The Appeal of the Cartier Tank Française Watch

Part of the Cartier Tank Française’s appeal lies in the fact that its strong and straightforward classic design works well as an everyday luxury watch. Celebrities have worn different versions of the Tank watch for decades, including Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, Andy Warhol, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Princess Diana. And in 2009, former First Lady Michelle Obama donned her Tank Française watch to accompany her black dress and white pearl necklace in her official White House portrait.

The Cartier Tank Française timepiece is most definitely a luxury watch, without going over the top. Very French. Very chic.

 

How Much Does the Cartier Tank Française Watch Cost?

Since the Cartier Tank Française has been around for more than two decades, there are plenty of options to buy them from the secondary preowned watch market. While a basic stainless steel small ladies’ Tank Française starts at $3,250 retail, a pre-owned watch in great condition can be picked up for about $2,000.

Retail prices of two-tone steel and gold Tank Française watches start at about $5,500 for smaller ladies’ models and about $7,000 for the larger men’s versions. On the other hand, full gold Tank Française timepieces start at around $15,000 and can go well beyond $25,000—particularly if you add a dash to diamonds to the mix. Pre-owned prices will save you anywhere from 20% – 50%, depending on the condition and age of the watch.

The Cartier Tank Française watch has rightfully earned its iconic status with luxury watch enthusiasts. One of Cartier’s greatest hits, the Tank Française, is a superbly designed watch that marries timeless elegance and modern approachability.

Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Men’s Luxury Watch Collection

If you’ve been exploring the idea of starting a luxury watch collection but have no clue where to start, you are not alone. The notion of investing in a fine timepiece may be a daunting one, but with a few helpful tips—not to mention the fantastic prices the pre-owned and vintage market has to offer—you’ll soon be on your way to sporting a collection that is enviable. Here are our recommendations for some solid starter watches to begin building your high-end timepiece collection and the rich history behind each piece.

 

Omega Speedmaster Automatic

Few watches offer the recognition and cool-factor of the Omega Speedmaster. It was, after all, the first watch to go to the moon! And while the original Omega “Moon Watch” was a manual-wound chronograph, we would recommend an automatic version of the Speedmaster for your starter collection.

The automatic Omega Speedmaster, also known as the Speedmaster Reduced, sports the iconic “Moon Watch” look but with the added practicality of a self-winding movement. Therefore, as long as you keep wearing the watch, it’ll keep going without a need for batteries or regular manual winding.

As a sporty chronograph model, there is the duo of chrono pushers on the case flanking the winding crown, along with the trio of subdials on the dial in the 3/6/9 configuration. Built in stainless steel, sized at a very wearable 39mm, and equipped with the familiar black dial and black tachymeter bezel, the Speedmaster will undoubtedly be a favorite in your sports watch collection.

 

Cartier Tank Solo

Along with a sports watch, every gentleman should have a dapper dress watch in his collection. And no one does dress watches quite like Cartier. Famous for their elegant silhouettes, the Maison Cartier are masters of differently shaped watches, such as the Tank.

The history of the Cartier Tank watch dates back to 1917. As its name implies, the timepiece was inspired by the then-new military tanks used during WWI. Over the following century, Cartier offered plenty of iterations of the Tank watch, including the modern entry-level Tank Solo.

Cherished for its minimal approach, the Tank Solo Automatic has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Its iconic rectangular shaped case in stainless measures a perfectly sized 31mm x 41mm and houses a crisp white dial with Cartier’s signature black Roman numerals and blue sword-shaped hands. There’s also a date window for added practicality. As with most Cartier timepieces, the Tank Solo also has the blue cabochon-cut stone on the winding crown. Finishing off the sophisticated look of the Tank Solo is the classic black alligator strap.

From the office to dinner, this handsome dress watch is one you won’t think twice about wearing all the time.

 

Breitling Chronomat Evolution

If you’ve spent any time browsing through men’s luxury watches, you will have no doubt noticed that two-tone models have been a popular choice for decades. Rather than choosing between white or yellow metals, going for a watch that includes both is a great option.

Breitling approaches the two-tone combination on this Breitling Chronomat Evolution in a subtle way, only including a few yellow gold touches on the predominately 44mm steel watch. Famed for their technical and sporty aviation-inspired timepieces, this particular Breitling Chronomat Automatic is a dressier take on a sporty chronograph thanks to the yellow gold winding crown, chrono pushers, rider tabs on the bezel, and details on the dial. The rich blue dial sets the perfect background for the trio of registers at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock, while the date window sits at 3 o’clock. Plus, emphasizing the watch’s more formal look is the dressier five-link steel bracelet.

Whether or not we fly planes, we all need a robust wristwatch to keep up with our weekend adventures, and the two-tone Breitling Chronomat Automatic pilot’s watch certainly fits the bill.

 

Rolex Datejust

If you are thinking a Rolex is out of budget for a beginner’s watch collection, think again! The Swiss watchmaking giant—and the world’s leading luxury brand—boasts a diverse range of timepieces at different price points.

Rolex is no stranger to world firsts, and the Datejust is just one of many. Introduced in 1945, the Datejust was the world’s first automatic chronometer-certified wristwatch to include a date window on the dial. While we may take this for granted today, it truly was a mechanical feat during its era. Since then, the Datejust has enjoyed its iconic status in the luxury watch space, seamlessly balancing distinct design hallmarks with plenty of variety.

Although there are countless Rolex Datejust models to choose from, if you’re just starting out your luxury watch collection, we recommend a stainless steel Datejust ref. 16030. A vintage classic, the Datejust ref. 16030 dons a well-proportioned 36mm steel case topped with an intricate engine-turned steel bezel. The understated silver dial includes simple stick hour markers coupled with the famous date window at 3 o’clock. Of course, like most Rolex watches with the date functionality, the aperture is magnified by the Cyclops lens affixed to the crystal protecting the face of the watch. In keeping with its traditional looks, this Datejust is outfitted with the five-link Jubilee bracelet, which is in fact, the bracelet style that made its debut on the inaugural Datejust.

With a Rolex Datejust in your watch box, you’re well on your way to creating a stellar timepiece collection.

 

The Beginner’s Watch Collection

There are few hobbies as satisfying and style-focused as watch collecting.

A sporty chronograph, an elegant leather timepiece, a dressy aviator’s watch, and a prestigious date wristwatch lays a solid foundation for a men’s starter luxury watch collection. Whichever watches you choose to start with, make sure your timepieces fit your lifestyle, budget, and taste. If chosen correctly, your watches will be with you for life. But also, if you decide to sell or trade your watches down the line for other ones, there’s always a market for pre-owned high-end timepieces. There are plenty of watch enthusiasts out there with revolving collections, where they buy and sell watches as they see fit.