The one thing many of us have learned during the pandemic is that time counts. It is so precious and we have to make the most of our seconds and minutes. That’s why investing in a great watch can bring countless hours of joy. While not everyone can indulge in the over-the-top high-jeweled creations presented in this ultimate holiday gift guide of women’s watches, there are some more affordable pieces that may fit your budget and should definitely capture your attention.
MB&F Legacy Machine Flying T Lapis Lazuli
The Legacy Machine Flying Tourbillon was first launched in 2019 as the first timepiece designed for women by MB&F. This latest addition is in an 18k white gold case set with 168 diamonds, with a brand new deep blue lapis lazuli dial. The dial tilts at a 50° angle so that only the women wearing this beautiful timepiece can read the time.
Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Manchette – USD 14,660
Two new Patek Philippe Twenty-4 manchette watches boast diamond accents, new dials, and quartz movements. The watches feature gold Arabic numerals and trapeze-shaped gold markers. Crafted in steel, they are offered with either a blue sunburst dial or a gray (almost taupe) sunburst gradient dials.
Armin Strom Lady Beat – USD 17,500
The first Armin Strom watch designed expressly for women, the Lady Beat is powered by an all-new in-house System 78 mechanical movement. It’s round shape, curved crescent dial accents and pleated effect make it incredibly feminine.
Breitling Chronomat – USD 4,860 – USD 25,650
This year Breitling unveils its first-ever Chronomat in 36mm and 32mm sizes perfect for women. A host of different color dials grace this collection but the colors belie the power of the movement inside. The 36mm versions house COSC-certified automatic calibers, while the 32mm size house the brand’s SuperQuartz caliber.
Vacheron Constantin Heure Romantique Ladies’ Watch – USD 54,500
New in the Vacheron Constantin Heures Creatives collection, this stunning Heure Romantique ladies’ watch is set with123 diamonds weighing 2.6 carats. It is crafted in 18-karat gold and the case is ultra-feminine. The flower-shaped watch recalls the Art-Nouveau era. It is powered by a manual-winding movement.
The oval Millenary by Audemars Piguet is the perfect canvas for a woman’s watch. It has gentle curves and fits the wrist beautifully. This version is crafted in 18-karat gold and features an off-center opal dial. By using an off-center dial, Audemars Piguet can showcase a portion of the finely detailed mechanical movement inside.
Chanel Premiere Camelia Cuff – USD 240,800
Chanel has always been a leader in the world of pearl jewelry and the Premiere Camelia Cuff watch is a prime example. The bracelet chains are crafted in yellow gold and set with 106 Akoya pearls and 105 diamonds. Diamonds also adorn the dial and the Camelia motifs. The entire watch boasts 383 diamonds weighing 6.34 carats.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just – uSD 16,050
Rolex turns to color to update its Oyster Perpetual Date Just watch. Crafted in Rolesor (a mix of Oystersteel and 18-karat white gold) the 31mm watch features a diamond-set bezel and an “aubergine” colored dial. It is powered by the mechanical Caliber 2236 movement that offers 65 hours of power reserve.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 101 Bangle – Price on Request
Jaeger-LeCoultre takes high-jeweled bangles to a new level with this Art Deco-inspired bracelet watch. The bracelet is set with 996 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 19.7 carats. The diamonds are graduated in size to accentuate the curves of the ultra-feminine bracelet. Even the sides are set with ribbons of diamonds.
Not for the faint of heart, this Parmigiani Fleurier 40.2mm piece boasts hundreds of diamonds and gemstones in a magnificent double rainbow format. It is set with a total of 71 stones weighing just about 3 carats. They include baguette-cut sapphires (blue, pink, orange, and yellow), rubies, tsavorites, and amethysts on the bezel to emulate the colors of the rainbow.
Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Secret – Price on Request
Everyone loves a juicy secret and this Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Secret watch delivers. It is crafted in 18-karat gold and features dozens of tiny petals hand-assembled to emulate a floral motif, complete with a center leaf that moves aside to reveal the watch dial beneath.
Corum Miss Golden Bridge – Price on Request
One of the most avant-gardes watches on the market today, the Corum Golden Bridge was first crated in 1980 (developed by master watchmaker Vincent Calabrese). It has become an iconic watch but that doesn’t stop the brand from constantly reinventing it. This elongated Golden Bridge watch features a snow setting of diamonds.
Breguet Marine Poseidonia – USD 276,400
Breguet’s Marine is a stunning way to recall the beauty of the ocean, particularly the Posiddonia Oceanic aquatic plant. In this version, Breguet sets the dial with nearly 100 gemstones weighing about 2.5 carats and then further sets the bezel and case with more than 100 stones for a total carat weight of approximately 10 carats. It is powered by an extra-thin self-winding mechanical movement.
An icon for Bulgari, the Serpenti has enjoyed many evolutions since its introduction in the 20th century. This Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon high jewelry watch boasts what is currently the smallest tourbillon escapement on the market in this mechanical movement. The watch is meticulously set with nearly 800 diamonds weighing just over 8 carats.
Cartier Pasha de Cartier – USD 143,000
Since its introduction back in 1985, the Pasha watch has had an almost cult-like following. The square within a circle motif has continued to be the signature of this line. This newest Pasha de Cartier boasts a skeletonized in-house manual-wind mechanical movement with tourbillon escapement. The watch is set with 179 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 2.59 carats.
Dior Grand Bal Ruban – USD 90,000
Turning to its proprietary Dior Inverse caliber with the rotor on the dial side, Dior magnificently decorates this 36mm Grand Bal Ruban watch. The constantly turning rotor is in the shape of a bow and is set with diamonds. The dial boasts feather-marquetry.
Harry Winston Premier Lotus Automatic – USD 56,800
Harry Winston’s Premier Lotus Automatic watch blends mother-of-pearl marquetry, incredible stone setting, and sculpture. The lotus flower on the dial is sculpted in pink and white mother of pearl. The watch flaunts nearly three carats of diamonds (238 stones in total). It is powered by a 205-part mechanical automatic movement.
Hermѐs Arceau Harnais Francais Remix – USD 49,000
A hand-painted and engraved dial brings this Hermés Arceau Harnais Francais Remix watch to life. The motif is inspired by the horses seen in the Harnais Francais Remix silk scarf that was created by Hugo Grygkar. The dial features prancing horses with feather headdresses. The case is set with 82 diamonds, and the watch houses a mechanical self-winding movement.
Piaget Limelight Gala – USD 32,500
Crafted in 18-karat white gold, this 32mm Limelight Gala watch is set with 62 brilliant-cut diamonds on the case for shimmering appeal. It is powered by a quartz movement made in-house at Piaget and is water resistant to 30 meters.
Jacob & Co. Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin – USD 360,000
Bringing a garden to life on the wrist, Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin watch is set with pink sapphires that outline the transparent sapphire case top and bottom. Additionally, flowers, butterflies, and stars within the movement are always in motion thanks to the brand’s flying tourbillon and differential gears. A single 288-facet Jacob cut tsavorite sits atop it all.
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow – USD 92,600
Bold and daring, Hublot bedecks its Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow watch, crafted in its own proprietary King Gold, with a rainbow of gemstones for ultimate delight. The case is set with 164 gemstones and the bezel is set with another 62 baguette-cut stones. It is powered by an automatic movement.
About the Author
Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980’s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, ATimelyPerspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications (including Forbes and Elite Traveler) – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch news and stories that she turns into compelling and enlightening articles.