Watches, unlike most other investments, follow trends. They’re highvalue mechanical marvels, but when you boil it all down they’re simply an accessory. And while trends are cyclical, you don’t want to have to wait 20 years for your watch to come back into style.
However, it doesn’t hurt to fall in love with a watch that has the possibility to increase in value. The investment potential for women’s watches isn’t the same as for the men. However, there are brands and models that have stood the test of time, whether they are valued for their elegance, distinguished for superior mechanics or a combination of both. Many of these watches that are iconic are still being made and are listed below.
Among the most collectible women’s timepieces from the latter half of the 20th century are Piaget watches made with natural stone dials. The Piaget Possession is powered by a quartz movement set in a 29mm round 18k rose gold case. The rotating bezel is paved with 42 brilliant-cut diamonds. The green alligator strap matches the color of the natural malachite dial with the Piaget logo at 12 o’clock.
JAEGER-LECOULTRE Reverso One
Since 1931 there have been many iterations of the Reverso for men and women. It was a classic Art Deco piece that was at the height of its popularity in the 1930s and ’40s. This particular timepiece is inspired by the first model created for women in the 1930s. The stainless steel case is set above and below the dial with rows of diamonds.
Most famously worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Cartier Tank watch is arguably the most iconic watch by Cartier. The Tank has seen quite the evolution over the last 100 years. From the Tank Louis Cartier designed by Mr Cartier himself in 1922, to the 1996 Tank Française, there have been many other variations within the strong principles of the iconic design. Cartier has made many versions of these watches over the years for men and women
TUDOR BLACK Bay Black
This model features a 36mm stainless steel case with with polished and satin finish with yellow gold bezel with satin finish. Fitted with self-winding mechanical movement, Calibre 2824 with a power reserve of 38 hours. This model features a champagne dial with iconic Tudor snowflake hands and logo at 12 o’clock
HERMÈS SLIM D’HERMÈS L’Heure Impatiente
For those punctual to the point of anxiety, the Impatiente offers both an alarm and a 60-minute countdown to that alert, indicated by a single-note chime as graceful as the watch itself.
BREITLING NAVITIMER 1959 Re-Edition
The Railmaster might be antimagnetic but it has a forceful allure — a stylish mid-century design with simple legibility. And that antimagnetism will see you good to 15,000 gauss, which should ease your worried mind.
OMEGA RAILMASTER Co-Axial Master Chronometer
This rimless goggle has one of the largest fields of view on the market and flat out ridiculous peripheral vision.
AUDEMARS PIGUET Royal Oak Extra-Thin
The Royal Oak’s classic silhouette here has all the girth of a wafer-thin mint due to a self-winding movement measuring an extraordinary 3.05mm. View it through the exhibition case back if you don’t believe us.
PATEK PHILIPPE Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
Mechanical self-winding movement. Caliber 324 S C FUS. Dual time zone mechanism indicating local and home time. Local and home day/night indication in apertures. Local date by hand. Dial: blue varnished, gold applied numerals with luminescent coating. Casd: White gold. Sapphire-crystal case back. Water resistant to 60 m. Diameter: 42 mm. Height: 10.78 mm.
Patrimony Rétrogrades Jour & Date
Case is made of 18K white gold, size 42.5mm, thickness 9.70mm, transparent caseback, sapphire glass, water-resistance (3 bars)