Reader Request: Stylish Watches

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Reader Sue had this question:

I’d like to hear from you about women’s watches – what’s in, what’s out. I see people with such a variety of styles. In the last couple of years I’ve seen so many women wearing big men’s watches … and wonder what is up with that!

I’m not much of a watch-wearer myself – though I do own and love the tortoiseshell Nixon pictured above – so I had to do a bit of research for this one.

It’s true that large-faced, menswear-influenced watch styles have been favored for several years, and currently they’re still more desirable than slimmer, delicate styles. Since borrowed-from-the-boys looks and athleisure are both hot, it makes sense that watch styles would skew masculine and sporty to match. Michael Kors has churned out many popular models, including the rose gold style above, and although many are in the $250 – $300 range, they go on sale for around $150 which is about what you’d pay for a Fossil watch.  Those who opt for slimmer, more ladylike watch styles tend to wear them on the same wrist with a pile of bracelets.

Color and material preferences do shift about somewhat. According to a Harper’s Bazaar article, colorful watches – especially ceramic models – were the trendy style for summer, though the author predicted that most fashionistas would downshift into neutrals for fall. Silvertone metals – sterling, stainless steel, or white gold – are beating out warm golden tones nowadays, though rose gold is still super hot. Vintage classics in all colors are always en vogue, and if you can’t afford a real-deal Cartier Tank or Rolex Oyster, less expensive versions with the same scale and features are a safe bet. Although leather bands will always be chic, most watch-wearers go for bracelet styles these days.

I don’t know about you folks, but I’ve seen far more men than women embracing smart watches, Beyoncé notwithstanding. That said, I think some of them are incredibly slick especially this round-faced Motorola model. Of course, it took a while for smart phones to take root, so in five years we may all have traded in our Timexes for itty bitty wrist-computers.

If you’re interested in digging deeper, try Watch Time or A Blog to Watch, though the latter focuses mainly on luxury models.

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  • livi

    I have one large, men’s wear inspired watch, and I find it really uncomfortable. I constantly catch it on things and it gets in the way of long sleeve sweaters and shirts. My prefence is for slim, leather or nylon band watches because they can be adjusted to just the right tightness.

  • crtfly

    I guess it depends on whether you want a watch as a fashion statement or a timepiece. I prefer a plain leather band, a large clock face with all the number in black on a white background, and a second hand. A back-lit dial is nice is but not necessary. I need a watch I can see in dim light and conditions where I’m moving around a bit, such as a small plane in turbulence. There is a Timex watch that fits my description for $30. It’s just what I want and I think I will order one. The watch I’m describing I suppose could be described as masculine by some folks. I link its clean, simple lines suit a man or woman. It’s unobtrusive and very functional.

    Personally, I don’t care for the metallic bracelet watches. To me they look too much like medical appliances or dental braces.

    Chris

  • crtfly

    This is what I am talking about.

  • Dust. Wind. Bun.

    I recently got a Microsoft Band 2 smart watch/fitness band, and I was pleasantly surprised at how bracelet-y it feels to me, especially compared to the very watchlike Basis Peak that I’d tried before. Not quite the same thing as choosing a watch, but if you *are* looking for a smartwatch, it’s sleek and not overly masculine/gadgety-looking, at least to my eye. (I wouldn’t call it “feminine” either but that wasn’t so much my concern, y’know?) I have quite small wrists and hands and I don’t feel like it overwhelms my wrist. Plus, it keeps my bracelets up off my hand (and therefore keyboard), so win/win there 🙂