Women’s Watch Guide
Women’s Watches 101
Types of Women’s Watches
Women’s Dress Watches
Women’s Fashion Watches
Women’s Casual Watches
Women’s Sports Watches
Women’s Watch Buying Tips:
• For formal occasions, look for a dress or fashion watch
• Select sports or smart watches with features you need and will use
• Choose a proportionately sized watch; larger for taller women, smaller for shorter women
• If using for diving or swimming, verify watch’s waterproof rating
• For increased versatility, consider a watch with interchangeable bands
Movement Type +
A watch's movement type describe how it measures the passage of time. The different movement types include mechanical, quartz, solar and kinetic. Mechanical movement watches are carefully engineered and valued for their quality craftsmanship, but they require more maintenance, including daily winding. In a quartz watch, time is regulated with a quartz crystal and powered by a battery. Quartz watches are reliable and affordable, but require a new battery every two to three years. Solar and kinetic watches obtain their power through light and motion, making them an energy-efficient timepiece option.
The two main types of watch displays are analog and digital. Analog displays feature a dial with two or three rotating hands, representing the hour, minute and second. As they rotate, the hands point to numbers, Roman numerals or other markers to indicate the time. This classic display is suited to business and formal wear for a more traditional look. Digital displays use LCD or LED lighting to show time in a digital format. Digital displays are also used to show information generated by a watch's other functions, such as the stopwatch, step counter or GPS tracker. Some watches combine analog and digital displays for the best of both worlds.
When you're making a fashion statement, choose a watch shape that complements your style. A round watch face is a classic style that works just as well with jeans and t-shirts as it does with pencil skirts and sweater-sets. To accessorize a modern or masculine outfit, slip on a square watch with its well defined lines. A delicate rectangular watch is a chic addition to formal wear, while tonneau (flat top and bottom with bulging sides) watches provide added flair for fun-loving fashionistas.
There are two basic types of watchbands: bracelet and strap. Bracelet bands consist of interlocking metal links and a clasp, while straps are made from materials like leather, rubber or plastic and constructed like a belt with holes and a buckle. On higher-end watches, the bracelets are sometimes made from precious metals like gold, silver and titanium, whereas more affordable fashion and casual watches tend to have durable gold-plated or stainless steel bracelets. Both types of bands are adjustable, though bracelets may require a professional to add or remove links for resizing.
Though it may not be made of crystal, that’s the term for the clear covering that protects your watch face from dirt, water and contact with other hard objects. The crystals on luxury watches are generally made from hardwearing manmade sapphire crystal. Scratch-resistant mineral glass is a common alternative used on mid-range watches. An even more affordable option is an acrylic crystal, which is easy to polish but scratches more readily than the other two types.
The bezel on a watch serves both practical and ornamental purposes. On the practical side, this ring holds the crystal in place and protects your watch face. For underwater divers, minute markers on a rotating bezel aid in keeping track of dive times. Minute-marking bezels are also handy for monitoring cooking times and parking meter expiries. From an ornamental standpoint, bezels often house diamonds and other gemstones that add sparkle and character to your watch.
Watch materials range from luxurious high-end platinum to durable stainless steel to funky colourful resin. Gold and silver alloys continue to be popular metals for watches purchased as gifts for loved ones. Ceramic carbide watches are extremely scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic, while strong-but-lightweight titanium watches are often preferred by athletes.
Watch accents such as diamonds, gemstones, pearls and charms can help turn your functional timepiece into a fashionable piece of jewellery suited for a fun night out or a formal occasion. Watch face images of your favourite movie icons or cartoon characters can express your personal style and brighten your day every time you check the time.
With a global positioning system (GPS) receiver in your watch, you can navigate hiking routes, monitor your heart rate and measure your running cadence. A GPS watch is a convenient, useful tool for managing your training and avoiding injury because it helps you pace yourself and gradually increase your distances. The GPS collects a live stream of data that you can view on your watch’s display and transfer to your computer or cloud storage account for future review. Some models even offer feedback to help control workout intensity and speed, keeping you on track and motivated.
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Watch Care & Maintenance Tips:
• For best time keeping, clean and service mechanical and automatic watches every 3 to 5 years
• Keep leather watch straps away from water to avoid damage
• Allow perfumes and lotions to dry before putting on your watch
• Replace expired batteries promptly to avoid damage to your watch
• Clean watches with a soft fabric cloth or dry toothbrush
• Avoid hot and cold temperature extremes
• Wind automatic watches every couple of weeks
• Wind mechanical watches at least once per day