Let’s face it, your significant other deserves just a good a timepiece as you do.
We don’t want to hear excuses like, “Ladies get jewellery, shoes and bags, let us have our watches!”; women too should have their wrists graced by a beautiful timekeeper.
We’re magnificent bastards not plain old bastards, so today we’re presenting the ten watches for your girlfriend under $5,000 which will have her over the moon whilst her friends deem you #husbandmaterial.
Baume & Mercier Petite Promesse
With a daring design and its wrap-around strap available in either blue or orange, the Petite Promesse is a playful choice made to suit her personality. Its elliptical case shape, mother of pearl dial and unusual setting of the diamonds on the case brings out the character of the watch as an elegant, fun-filled piece brimming with charm.
Montblanc Boheme Moonphase Quartz
The Boheme Moonphase Quartz is a refined, dressy watch that features many traditional watchmaking designs such as guilloche on the dial, blued hands and a large moon phase indicator that gives the dial its colour and lively appearance. The poetic nature of the moon phase indicator adds extra personality, giving it a sense of presence on the wrist, whilst remaining feminine at the same time.
Cartier Tank Solo
A veritable classic in the world of watchmaking, the Cartier Tank saw its conception in 1918 with Louis Cartier designing the very first model, supposedly, inspired by British Tanks of the army. The design has changed very little in almost 100 years with its flat case profile, silvered dial and blued sword hands. The Tank Solo in the small size is perfect for ladies wrists, and has the historical provenance to make this a timeless watch for the ages.
Bearing a design inspired by the Art Deco movement of the early 20th century, the Longines Symphonette L2.305.0.71.0 has an oval case with a guilloche dial done in a “flinque” pattern which radiates from the centre of the dial, almost like ripples in a pond. Combined with diamonds set on the bezel, blue hands and roman numerals, this completes a vintage-inspired watch that’s perfect for a night out.
TAG Heuer Carrera
A sportier choice for an everyday watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera can trace its roots back to 1963 with the original Carrera being a racer’s chronograph. This model for ladies carries a similar case shape and its bracelet makes it a great everyday wear. Dress it up or down, the Carrera is a versatile watch, great for the lady in your life who wants no fuss and no drama when it comes to her watch.
NOMOS Glashütte Tangente 33
Taking inspiration from the Bauhaus School of Design, the Tangente 33 is a harmoniously designed watch that doubles as a no-nonsense timekeeper. Its simple appearance on the outside houses a watchmaking powerhouse underneath – NOMOS Glashütte is a true movement manufacture, making up to 95% of the watch under their factory roof. A manually-wound Alpha movement powers the Tangente 33 and is delivered on a sumptuous velour leather strap, giving this watch serious credentials, whilst retaining a feminine character.
Omega Deville Prestige
As classic as ever, the Omega Deville Prestige 32.7mm 4184.108.40.206.05.001 is reminiscent of 60s dress watches, with a round case and downturned lugs. A simple white mother of pearl dial forms the face of the watch whilst its iridescent shine gives the watch a touch of mystery. Housed within the Deville Prestige is an automatic, Co-Axial Chronometer movement, providing everyday convenience, accuracy, and an impressive service life that will remain reliable as ever for years to come.
Tissot Heritage 1936 Lady
The Tissot Heritage 1936 Lady is inspired by some of the first wristwatches ever made. Pocket watches would have wire lugs soldered on to them for a strap to be slipped through the back and worn on the wrist. The Breguet hands and numerals on the dial bring a certain old-world look to the watch and even the Tissot logo is done in a heritage style similar to their logo of the early 20th century. Definitely a watch for a lady who appreciates a vintage look and the provenance that comes with it.
Frederique Constant Slimline Mini FC-235M1S6
Another classic timepiece, the Slimline Mini is a petite timepiece with a traditional guilloche dial and hands that make this a great everyday wear for the woman on the go. The leather strap complements the watch perfectly, and is great for business wear. Made for the more conservative lady, the watch doesn’t stand out too much but at the same time has understated good looks that will remain classic for years to come.
Ball Ohio Ladies
The black dial, combined with the Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 on the Ball Ohio Ladies gives this watch a slightly 60s vibe whilst the bracelet gives this an everyday wearability that is almost second to none. The construction of the watch is impressive for its price range and has another trick up its sleeve. For night visibility, the lume dots are actually a small glass sphere, filled with gas that reacts with luminescent paint on the inside of the glass, making it glow throughout the entire night. Utilitarian good looks make this watch stand out from the crowd.