Granted that nowadays we simply need to glance at our smartphones to check the time. But, still, there’s no denying the elegance and refinement that a proper wristwatch brings. Not to mention the prestige that comes with wearing a luxury watch — think Rolex or Audemars Piguet.
However, not all of the best watches for women need to come with a hefty price. Some watches rely on their good old functionality and design to be in demand or desirable. Others charm wearers with their exquisite demeanour. Whatever the reason, it all boils down to personal preference.
For those who are in the market for the best watches for women, we have curated 30 timepieces that represent the best in their respective categories. From the best fitness watch and best budget watch to the best chronograph watch, here we give you a complete guide to the 30 best watches for women available in the market today.
1. Apple Watch Series 5
Price: From $669
First on our list of the best women’s watches, of course, is a smart watch. With a customisable look, the Apple Watch Series 5 is one of the best-selling and most stylish smart watches for women in the market. Pick from an array of choices for your case and strap, from different materials — aluminum, titanium, ceramic or stainless steel, to different colours — from black to pink to different pastels.
The new Always-On Retina feature and 30% larger screen of this watch allow the wearer to always see the time. For the music lover, this watch streams 50 million songs and podcasts, too! With the ECG app, you can get a quick check on your heart rhythm any time, anywhere.
It also features advanced metrics for various workout levels, as well as features to track and inspire you to move and exercise more. In addition, it has a Noise App, a Menstrual Cycle Tracking App, a compass and ground elevation App, as well as Apple Pay for added convenience. What’s more, with mobile data, you can actually make calls, text, surf the net, or live stream music with this smartwatch. Of course, it also tells the time. Did we mention it is also swim-proof?
2. Breguet Reine de Naples
Price: Upon Request
Famous for its egg-shaped dial, the Reine de Naples is one of Breguet’s most well-known collections to this day. And naturally, it is one of the most coveted luxury watches for women. This watch was inspired by a timepiece commissioned by Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples, in 1810.
The version in 18K rose gold features a bezel and lug set with 83 brilliant-cut diamonds. The white mother-of-pearl dial displays applied Roman numerals in rose gold at 6 and 12 o’clock. The signature Breguet open-tipped hands are also in rose gold, which complement the rose gold bezel. The self-winding calibre 591C movement beats at the heart of this ultra-feminine watch. It is water-resistant up to 30 metres and has a 38-hour power reserve. A beautiful brown alligator leather strap with a gold folding clasp embellished with 29 brilliant-cut diamonds completes this oval watch. Truly one of the most remarkable luxury watches for women.
3. Casio BA-111-1ACR Baby-G
The Casio G-Shock watches for women — the Baby-G collection — feature a wide array of tough colourful timepieces for the sporty women. The new Casio BA-111-1ACR Baby-G Analogue-Digital Display Quartz watch comes a trendy neon pink and black ensemble. Enclosed in a 46.3mm resin case is a playful digital-analogue black dial with pink accents. Its layered construction evokes a multi-dimensional design and displays 24-hour time, day, date and month, and luminous hands and hour markers.
Driven by a quartz movement, this digital timepiece features a stopwatch, timer, alarm, and World Time function with 29 time zones. It also boasts a full auto-calendar programmed until 2099. Although big at 46mm, the watch is designed to fit a lady’s wrist, while retaining its eye-catching feminine appeal. Finally, it is water-resistant up to 100 metres.
4. Timex Weekender
Price: Starts at approximately $75.00
A list about the best watches for women will not be complete without something that’s customisable. And Timex knows exactly that. With an innovative design, Timex allows ladies to customise their own watch, from the materials to features and additional complications. Among its most comfortable and versatile watches is the Timex Weekender. Pick your preferred case size, dial colour — from white to beige to brown and black, strap — from different colours and materials, and even optional engraving.
The watches are designed with slip-thru straps for easy mixing and matching, depending on the event, your mood, or wardrobe of choice. Start with the basics. Be minimalist. Or go over the top. It’s your watch and it’s your call.
5. Seiko Lukia Solar Automatic SSQV042
Price: Approximately $540
The Seiko Lukia Solar Automatic is striking and feminine with its vibrant pink leather strap and rose gold case. Driven by the solar-powered Calibre 1B35 movement, the Seiko Lukia offers a six-month power reserve on a single charge.
Running on an impressive number of functions, the watch features a world time and a full-auto calendar, to name a few. One of its more outstanding and unique characteristics is its ability to receive radio signals, including official standard frequencies from Japan, China, the United States and Germany. One of the best solar watches for women around, this elegant and environment-friendly timepiece perfectly embodies feminine design and robust technical sophistication.
6. Michael Kors Pyper
One of the most important spots on our list of the best watches for women is, of course, the best budget watch category. Women want something that’s easy on the pocket but pleasing to the eyes. So despite its price, the watch has to be something classy and never tacky.
A sophisticated watch for the fashionista on a budget, the Michael Kors Pyper watch has all the things you need in a chic dress watch. One of our best affordable watches for women, the Michael Kors Pyper features a 38mm rose gold-tone case, a black leather strap, and a white dial. The minimalist white sunray dial displays an analogue face with rose gold-tone hands and hour markers, complementing the tone of the bezel and lugs. Powered by a Japanese quartz movement, the watch is waterproof up to 50 metres. A black leather strap with adjustable buckle closure finishes the elegant design. For an elegant dress watch like this, nobody will think it only costs less than $100!
7. Rolex Lady-Datejust
Price: Approximately $30,000
You can’t have a list of best watches for women without mentioning Rolex! One of the best Swiss watches for women, not to mention one of the best Rolex watches women comes in opulent yellow gold. This Rolex Lady Datejust Automatic is covered entirely in 18K yellow gold, the watch stands out in a linden green dial, evoking a perfect combination of functionality and novelty. This full-on Rolex gold watch captures the ladies’ heart by offering not just the allure of gold, but also a full-functioning quality-insured mechanism. As if these aren’t enough, this beautiful gold watch is also studded with diamonds on the bezel.
At the heart of this gilded watch runs the automatic Manufacture calibre 2236, giving it a total of 55-hour power reserve. Fitted with a silicon Syloxi hairspring, the automatic movement offers a superlative level of chronometric performance. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal and is water-resistant up to 100 metres.
8. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 9
Price: $ 3,050
One of the best automatic watches for women comes in a compact Tag Heuer Carrera watch in stainless steel. This TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 9 WAR2414.BA0776 features the Swiss-made TAG Heuer Calibre 9 automatic movement, giving it a robust 40 hours of power reserve.
A white mother of pearl dial with 12 diamond indexes steals the limelight. This understated timepiece features a delicate pale dial that’s almost romantic in its simplicity. Its compact 28mm case fits perfectly on a dainty wrist, while its sapphire crystal protection assures durability. Along with EOL (end of life) indicator, date correction, and stop-second functions, a dainty fine-brushed and polished steel bracelet completes the stylish look. It is water-resistant up to 100 metres.
9. Fitbit Inspire Health and Fitness Tracker
Price: From $70.00
One of the most searched watches online is the best fitness watches for women category. And, of course, this coveted spot is reserved to Fitbit. Tracking all your activities all day every day — from distance, steps, active minutes and calories burned, the Fitbit Inspire Health and Fitness Tracker is your best fitness buddy.
The SmartTrack function records your workouts and automatically logs them in the app for you. Same thing with the Calorie Burn Tracker, which logs your meals and compares calories consumed and burned to help you hit your fitness goals.
And just like a true fitness buddy, the fitness watch also reminds you to move! Every hour, it notifies you to stretch your legs and take 250 steps. And whenever you achieve your goal, it helps you celebrate every small milestone. As if these are not enough, it also tracks your sleep pattern and reminds you to go to bed.
In addition, it swim-proof, which is perfect for water lovers. There are alerts as well for any call, calendar and texts from your phone. And, of course, it has a timer and stopwatch functions, too! This fitness tracker-cum-watch automatically syncs to 200+ Android, iOS & Windows 10 devices for your convenience.
10. Hublot Big Bang One Click
Price: Approximately $44,120
Nowadays, the trend for the best watches for women includes not just dainty and feminine quartz watches, but robust and highly mechanical timepieces as well. One of the best mechanical watches for women that we would recommend is this Hublot Big Bang skeleton watch. Powerful and feminine, this Hublot Big Bang One Click charms with its hot pink ensemble and skeleton dial. Its polished pink sapphire crystal case with a bezel set with 42 diamonds is certainly popular with the ladies.
Driven by the HUB1710 self-winding movement, this watch offers a power reserve of up to 50 hours. Six H-shaped titanium screws and pink luminescent hands further accentuate the Hublot’s characteristics. Meanwhile, its skeleton dial and pink transparent strap make the watch stand out among the rest. What’s more, it is also water-resistant up to 50 metres.
11. Fitbit Versa 2 Health & Fitness Smartwatch
A watch that allows you to check the weather before going for a run? I’m sure you want one. Next on our list of best watches for women is the Fitbit Versa 2 smart watch — one of our top picks for best running watches for women in the market today. Use your voice to create alarms and set bedtime reminders with built-in Amazon Alexa. With its stylish design, you can take this watch from trek running straight to office without compromising on style and fashion.
Additional features include an Always-On display mode to conveniently check your stats and progress, Fitbit pay, daily sleep quality scores, 24/7 Heart Rate check, various apps and notifications. What’s more, you can store up to 300 songs to personalise your running soundtrack.
12. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Price: Approximately $37,263
With the legendary Royal Oak collection, Audemars Piguet has always been one of the most collectable luxury watch brands. The Royal Oak, designed by the notable Gerald Genta, is the brands’ most recognisable and iconic collection. And, of course, this collection deserves a coveted spot in our list of best watches for women, not to mention our top choice for the best rose gold watches category.
Encased in an 18K rose gold case, the Royal Oak Automatic watch’s grande Tapisserie pattern on the dial is one of its most unique features. The rose gold is present everywhere — from the dial to the bezel and hour-markers, including the bracelet. For those who appreciate solid watchmaking craftsmanship, this timepiece is for you.
8. Rolex Submariner 18K White Gold & Diamond
Price: Approximately $109,730
Dive in style with the Rolex Submariner 116659SABR. This beautiful timepiece bridges the gap between a professional tool watch and a jewellery watch. It is certainly our favourite among the best dive watches for women in the market.
While the unidirectional rotating bezel is graduated for decompression time, the sapphires and diamonds dazzle the eye. The watch with a striking blue dial features 390 carats of dark blue baguette Sapphires.
Between the bezel and the case, the watch boasts of 104 brilliant diamonds. Like all Rolex Submariner watches, this diamond Rolex is water-resistant up to 300 metres. Other features worth talking about this Rolex diamond watch are the 48-hour power reserve, the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and the Oyster steel bracelet. This watch definitely deserves a place in our list of best watches for women. Don’t you think so?
14. Tiffany Cocktail
Price: Upon Request
When it comes to lists of best watches for women, a dress watch is among our top favourite categories. And naturally, it should be something that is not only elegant and beautiful, but versatile and striking, too!
Inspired by the jazz era of the ‘Roaring Twenties’, the Tiffany Cocktail is the epitome of all the best dress watches for women. This delicate 22mm Tiffany Cocktail oval watch embodies the grace and femininity of a 1920’s woman out to enjoy ‘cocktail hours’.
The diamond-paved dial displays only the hour and minute hands framed by an 18K rose gold case. The 18K rose gold bezel is likewise embellished with round brilliant diamonds, complemented by a black satin strap. At its heart beats a quartz movement with a water resistance of 30 metres.
15. Tudor Heritage Black Bay
Price: Approximately $1,830
We’re half-way on our list of best watches for women, and naturally, we pay tribute to the classic best leather watches for women category. If you’re the kind who likes to stay active, push limits, and take the first step in every adventure, you will love our best leather watch pick: the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Automatic.
The selling point of this watch is definitely its brown aged leather strap, which cannot be found in other Tudor collections. The 32mm watch features Tudor’s signature snowflake hands visible against a black dial. It operates on the self-winding Calibre 2824 mechanism, offering a power reserve of approximately 38 hours and water resistance of up to 150 metres. This watch speaks to the ladies with a more laid-back and edgy fashion style.
16. Omega Constellation Manhattan
Price: Approximately $2,182
Moving on to our best stainless steel watches for women category, top choice comes from the Omega Constellation collection. Encased in a stainless steel case, the Omega Constellation Manhattan watch features 12 diamonds on its dial. The distinctive dial in silver mother-of-pearl evokes a dreamy and silk-like pattern.
Polished and luminescent hands and diamond hour markers add allure to the minimalistic watch. Its bezel is engraved with Roman numerals; meanwhile, its medallion-stamped caseback further represents the prestige of the brand.
The wristwatch runs on the Omega Calibre 4061 quartz movement. At only 25mm, this dainty watch is perfect for your evening affairs.
17. IWC Portofino Automatic
Price: Approximately 7,195
One of the prettiest pink watches we’ve ever laid eyes on is this 37mm IWC Portofino Automatic watch, which ups the glam ante with a pink alligator leather strap from Santoni. While the design retains its sleek and simple Portofino signature, the 66 diamonds on the bezel give it a touch of opulence. Within its petite frame runs the 35111 Calibre mechanical automatic movement, boasting 42 hours power reserve.
Complementing the vibrant strap is an elegant silver-plated dial with fine sun-pattern finishing. In addition to the hour, minute and second hands, the watch also features a rapid-advance date display at 3 o’clock.
18. TAG Heuer Aquaracer
Price: Approximately $1,665
Living up to its legacy in automobile racing, our top choices for the best sporty watches for women category comes from TAG Heuer, offering an athletic twist to the white watches trend. Featuring a 35mm case in polished steel and ceramic, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer is definitely worthy of a place in our best watches for women list.
The timepiece comes with a matching white ceramic bezel and strap. Meanwhile, the dial features rhodium-plated indexes, which bring out the lustre of the white watch face. With a Swiss-made quartz movement, the watch has a long battery life of up to two years. Casual yet stylish, the sporty TAG Heuer Aquaracer Quartz is an ideal go-to accessory for the modern woman on-the-go.
19. Cartier Tank Francaise
Price: Approximately $2,979
The next category in our list of best watches for women comes from the category of the best square watches for women. Unlike the usual round dial, a square watch is all about panache. Like the understated elegance of this Cartier Tank Francaise watch. The 30mm square watch features a stainless steel octagonal crown with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel. On its silver-grained dial, bold and elegant Roman numerals create a refined look. The blue-steeled, sword-shaped hands serve to further enhance the design.
Paired with a matching stainless steel bracelet, this sophisticated Cartier Tank Francaise watch is a perfect everyday watch. In fact, this is a must-have accessory for the modern career woman who is looking for a stylish yet professional timepiece.
20. Gaga Milano Manuale Slim 46mm
Price: Approximately $452
Who says a woman’s watch has to be dainty and feminine? This next entry in our best watches for women list is the total opposite, and yet women love it! This Gaga Milano Manuale Slim watch features a massive 46mm steel case with a distinctive dial featuring a mix of Roman and Arabic numeral hour markers.
Bold and vibrant with its purple accents, this Gaga Milano model offers a unique and refreshing take on designs for women’s big watches. Its black leather strap goes well with its black dial. Meanwhile, its seconds sub-dial serves as a pleasant surprise peeking at 3 o’clock.
Working on a quartz movement, this watch is a unisex piece that enchants even the most conservative of men and the most delicate of women. A black leather strap and 30m water-resistance complete this charming big watch.
21. Patek Philippe Calatrava Timeless White
Price: Approximately $22,456
True to its name, the designers behind the Patek Philippe Calatrava Timeless White intended to create a watch that is timelessly elegant, seductive and precious. Truly a watch that is meant to be on our list of best women’s watches, the Patek Philippe Calatrava Timeless White is sophistication personified.
Its dial is meticulously lacquered to create an immaculate, flawless white finish embellished with 44 rare white diamonds. Protecting the 21.9mm dial is an 18K rose gold case, which offers a dazzling contrast to the white dial. Finally, the nacre-white alligator leather strap provides the finishing touch to this enchanting art piece. A standout among these white watches, indeed!
Precise and reliable, the Patek Philippe Calatrava is powered by the calibre 215 PS, which boasts a tolerance of -3/+2 seconds per day — an accomplishment that surpasses the conventional specifications for mechanical watches. With its elaborate mechanical design and elegant style, the Patek Philippe Calatrava Timeless White is a true masterpiece worthy to be our top choice for the best white watches for women category.
22. Bulgari Serpenti Jewellery Watch
As we all know, no list of best watches for women is complete without an entry from the best diamond watches category. The Italian luxury house Bulgari first introduced the Bulgari Serpenti motif in the 1940s when it produced snake-inspired bracelets.
This Serpenti Jewellery watch in 18K white gold is sexy and sophisticated without being too over the top. Powered by a quartz movement, the dainty 26mm timepiece features a snow-set diamond pavé dial, while the single spiral bracelet is set with brilliant-cut diamonds. Sensual, unique, and certainly not for the faint of heart, the Serpenti Jewellery watch can be yours for US$83,000.
23. TAG Heuer Carrera
Price: Approximately $1,313
Certainly our top choice from the best blue watches for women lineup is this Tag Heuer Carrera in royal blue. The watch was inspired by one of the most dangerous automobile races in history — the Carrera Panamericana, a 2,096-mile-long race spanning across Mexico. But this entry is not about racing watches, instead it’s about the most striking blue watch in our list of best watches for women.
This TAG Heuer Carrera Quartz stands out from the crowd with its vivid midnight blue 39mm dial. Intricate rose gold luminescent indexes complement the deep blue hue of the dial, radiating an air of elegance and nobility. Featuring a Swiss-made quartz movement, this TAG Heuer Carrera also highlights the newest trapezoidal date window. With its contemporary and feminine design, this deep blue watch is an exquisite accessory that is eye-catching but still appropriate for everyday wear.
24. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Price: Approximately $26,284
Moving on to a more technical category in our list of best watches for women, this Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph watch in pink dial is our beautiful entry in the best chronograph watches for women category. Despite its very feminine purple colour and striking diamonds, this watch packs a powerful punch!
From the 37mm case to the diamond-set bezel, pink dial and purple rubber strap, this watch spells ‘feminine’ all over it. But don’t let its womanly features distract you, this watch is a technical wonder, too! The self-winding Calibre 2385 movement powers the watch, featuring a 40-hour power reserve and a chronograph and small seconds complication. Water-resistant to 50 metres, the watch boasts a glare-proof sapphire crystal caseback and 32 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel.
25. Chopard Happy Diamonds Joaillerie
Price: Approximately $46,945
One of the most feminine categories in our list of best women’s watches, our best red watch entry can sweep you off your feet. Five diamonds and five ruby hearts dance joyfully within the 18K white gold case of this Chopard Happy Diamonds Joaillerie timepiece. Almost 5 carats of diamonds embellish the case and the bezel, complementing the textured mother-of-pearl dial. Diamonds of different sizes are set on prongs for extra shimmer and dazzle.
At 37.70mm, this jewellery watch is not for the faint of heart. With its quartz movement and an eye-catching red alligator strap to match, this watch suits a sophisticated and glamorous wearer.
26. Montblanc Bohème Day & Night
Price: Approximately $2,154
Another dainty piece in our list of best watches for women is this 34mm Bohème Day & Night watch by Montblanc. In fact, this wins our vote for the best moonphase watch for women.
An elegant moonphase aperture displays the day/night indicator — a light blue sky and golden sun depict the day, while a dark blue sky adorned with stars represents the night. A small calendar window is at 6 o’clock, beautifully blending in with the rose gold hands and hour markers.
Powered by the automatic, self-winding MB 24.10 Calibre movement, the watch boasts a 42-hour power reserve and 50m water resistance. To finish the look, a brand-new blue grené calf leather strap and eight sparkling diamonds perfectly complement the silvery-white guilloché dial.
27. Longines Symphonette
Price: Approximately $1,246
Every watch lover needs a minimalist watch that help highlight her wardrobe not rival it. And this Longines Symphonette watch is our best entry for the minimalist category in our list of best watches for women. At less than 20mm, the oval dial is adorned with 13 Wesselton diamonds that serve as hour markers. Save for the Longines logo, the words ‘Swiss Made’ at 6 o’clock, and the hour and minute hands, the dial evokes a minimalist vibe.
A calibre 963 quartz movement powers this tiny gem of a watch, featuring a 30m watch resistance. Meanwhile, a black alligator leather strap finishes this dainty, minimalist dress watch.
28. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar
Price: Upon Request
With a faintly grained dial and bullet-shaped indexes, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar watch is perfect for those who love a refined design in their watches. And, of course, this unisex calendar watch deserves a spot in our best watches for women list. This watch is also our favourite among the best calendar watches for women in the market today.
Besides the two-dial feature with two different time zones and a complete calendar (both day and month), this watch also has a day and night indicator on the back of its case. Sophisticated and contemporary, this Tribute Calendar has adopted the features of the 1931 model with faceted applied hour markers. In this small timepiece alone lies 280 complex components that result in a superior time-telling device. Truly gem of a watch.
29. Rolex Lady-Datejust
Price: Approximately $5,290
For the best date watch category, this Rolex Lady-Datejust surely wins the spot on our list of best women’s watches. Like its predecessor, the date of this watch is visible through a window at 3 o’clock. The display window features one of Rolex’s most renowned and recognisable innovations, the Cyclops lens. Positioned over the date display, the Cyclops lens magnifies the date to enhance readability.
This model also features a Rolex-manufactured calibre 2235 that is also COSC certified. Equipped with some of Rolex’s most distinctive technological features, the 31mm Rolex Datejust possesses the understated elegance characteristic of Rolex watches.
30. Cartier Tank Solo in Rose Gold
Price: Approximately $3,882
Last but not least in our list of best watches for women is our favourite and best quartz watch for women. This Cartier Tank Solo watch runs on a modern Quartz movement, which promises reliable and precise timekeeping. The watch features an 18K rose gold case and beaded crown with a cabochon-shaped spinel. The lavish gold case encloses a light silvered opaline dial. Roman numerals and blue-steeled hands decorate the dial, enhancing the elegant design. Meanwhile, its brown alligator skin strap features an ardillion buckle in 18K rose gold.
With its gold and brown hues, the watch has an old-school, vintage spirit to it. A stylish and timelessly elegant watch, the Cartier Tank Solo is the perfect timepiece for ladies who want to keep it simple but classy.
There you have it, ladies… our extensive and complete guide to 30 best watches for women. Hope you enjoyed it. If you’re interested to read more about ladies’ watches, check out our features on the Omega Constellation or Panthère de Cartier collections.