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Women’s dress watches are sometimes not given the attention they deserve. Perhaps that’s because men’s dress watches come with a more specific rulebook. Or simply because there is more flexibility around women’s formal and evening wear. Whatever the reasons, there are some stunning women’s dress watches out there, and they are well overdue some time in the style spotlight.
First thing’s first, what is a dress watch? And what should you look for in a luxury dress watch?
A dress watch is designed to complement formal or evening attire. You wouldn’t wear your trainers to a formal dinner, so why would you choose to wear a chunky, utility watch?
Choosing a dress watch is a way of refining your accessories to reflect the mood of a particular social or business occasion. It also helps to create a blended, cohesive look that can bring your outfit together. Dress watches are also, quite simply, beautiful timepieces and if you’re someone who loves watches, then you are going to want one in your collection.
When it comes to dress watches, there are guidelines that span the gender divide. A dress watch should embellish, never distract, and should be slimmer and more delicate than your daytime timepiece.
Simplicity, elegance, and refinement are all key design features. It goes without saying that luxury materials and beautiful craftsmanship are also a must.
Explore some of our favourite women’s dress watches below.
Montblanc Bohème Date Automatic
Montblanc is a relatively new face in the luxury timepiece game, debuting its first watch in 1997. But despite its relative youth as a watchmaker, Montblanc consistently produces exceptional and beautiful watches.
There is also a lightness to Montblanc design that lends itself perfectly to dress watches. The Montblanc Bohème Date Automatic showcases this delicate style with a combination of curved lines and sensuous femininity. The result is a dress watch that feels unlike any other timepiece.
The silver faceted dial is set with beautiful diamond indexes and offset with blue, leaf-shaped hands. Floral Arabic numerals lend a playful tone to the watch face.
The Montblanc Bohème Date Automatic is distinctive, whimsical and achingly stylish. A black crocodile strap provides the perfect finishing touch for a watch that you won’t want to take off.
The Rolex Datejust is a style icon and, with a long history of popular models, there are many beautiful dress watches on offer. The pre-owned 1996 Datejust above shines bright in stainless steel with diamond embellishment set against a clean white face.
There are no complicated lines or dramatic colour schemes here. Just the clean, fluid lines of beautiful Rolex design. A fluted bezel is one of the many small embellishments that make this sophisticated watch truly special. The fluting ensures that light hits the watch from many different angles creating a dazzling effect.
An investment in a Rolex Datejust is more than just a watch, it’s a lifelong love affair with exceptional craftsmanship and beauty. You won’t regret it.
Cartier Ballon Bleu
Cartier are experts when it comes to stylish simplicity. A restrained French glamour runs through their collection, and this fairly new addition to their offering is no exception.
The Cartier Ballon Bleu was launched in 2006 and remains recognisably Cartier with a modern twist that feels perfect for today’s dress watch. Distinctive Roman numeral markers and elegant sword-shaped hands retain a vintage sensibility that fits beautifully with the curved face of this petite watch.
The pre-owned Cartier Ballon Bleu above is a particularly stunning example, standing out in two-tone gold and silver. It’s little wonder that this is one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourite timepieces. You will always feel like royalty in this beautifully understated dress watch.
Breitling Galactic 29 Sleek Edition
Breitling is known for its extreme precision, robust designs and for being a celebrity favourite, but do they have models that are refined enough to be considered dress watches? The short answer is yes, and the Breitling Women’s Galactic 29 Sleek Edition is a great example of a stylish dress watch that, while a bit chunkier than some traditional dress watches, is every bit as good looking.
This 29mm edition above features a shimmering mother of pearl dial and sleek steel bracelet. It also features a date window and, surprisingly, offers water resistance up to 100m.
This is a unique, modern dress watch for the woman who wants a timepiece with a little more substance. The neutral palette means this watch is a stunning accessory for almost any look and reflects light beautifully.
The Omega Constellation was originally released in 1952 after demand for its predecessor, the Centenary (a limited-edition model) ran high. Since then, the Omega Constellation has become a firm favourite for luxury watch lovers, and the Constellation series continues to see innovative new models centred around its classic design.
The pre-owned OMEGA Constellation above features a creamy mother of pearl dial, exquisite diamond hour markers and a stunning 18ct gold case and strap. This small watch manages to pack a huge design punch and the distinctive gold case claws and star embellishment mark this out as a truly special piece of modern design.
This is a watch that will take you anywhere and leave you ready for anything.
Do you Have any Questions?
At Burrells, we are passionate about helping you find your perfect match. Whether you want simple and sleek or all-out glamour, we have the watch for you. Our team travels the world to find the most exquisite luxury watches, which means we always have a wide range of your favourite brands on offer.
What’s more, our friendly team are always on hand to answer your questions and provide expert advice on the watches you love. Watches aren’t just our business, they are our passion. You can contact us here.
Which of our dress watches have you fallen for? Let us know in the comments, we'd love to hear!