Black Friday Special: An Overview of 28 of the Top Women’s Watches of the Year


It’s Black Friday, the official start of the holiday gift shopping season. If you were thinking of sharing your passion for watches with the lady in your life, and looking for gift suggestions, look no further. Here we present an array of ladies’ watches, in all price ranges, introduced in 2018.

Ateliers deMonaco

Ateliers deMonaco’s Ronde de Monte-Carlo Classique is classically yet elegantly styled with a very rounded and harmonious case. The 39-mm case has a blue mother-of-pearl dial set with 300 diamonds totaling 1.33 carats. The case is 18k white gold with a titanium core and has sapphire crystals in the front and back. The caseback is secured with four screws. The automatic dMc-700 movement has a silicon escape wheel, hand decorated bridges, and a 22k gold hand engraved rotor. 42-hour power reserve. Hand-stitched alligator strap with 18k gold and titanium folding buckle. Limited edition of 88 pieces. $30,800.

Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier’s Promesse watch, inspired by a 1970s piece, incorporates an oval inside a round shape. The moon-phase model shown has a 34.4-mm stainless-steel case and a diamond-set bezel. The blue dial has a shaded, lacquered finish and is reminiscent of the starry night sky. Diamond indexes mark the hours. An elegant moon-phase complication shows the lunar phases at 12 o’clock. Swiss-made Ronda quartz movement. Domed sapphire crystal. Water resistant to 50 meters. Glossy blue alligator strap with pin buckle. $3,790.

Bell & Ross

The Bell & Ross BRS Diamond Eagle was introduced in 2016 and has expanded this year as an entire family, which is now available in four colors: blue, gray, white and pink. The dials are inspired by the celestial sphere and are covered by sparkling diamonds that twinkle like stars in the night sky. Each color comes in two versions: the simple variant with diamonds on the Constellation dial and the diamond model whose bezel is set with 66 diamonds. 39-mm steel case. BR-CAL.102 quartz movement. With Milanese mesh, blue or pink alligator, or gray or white satin-finished calfskin strap. The white version can be fitted with a ceramic mesh-on-rubber strap. As shown: $6,300.

Blancpain

The Quantième Retrograde is from Blancpain’s Women collection. The watches in this collection are equipped exclusively with hand-finished and decorated self-winding movements designed for timepieces with horological complications previously reserved for men. Caliber 2650RL has an off-centered hour, retrograde calendar and moon-phases and is only 5.37 mm thick. The 36-mm rose-gold case has a single row of diamonds on the bezel that total 2.00 carats. The mother-of-pearl dial is set with diamonds totaling 0.021 carats. The sapphire crystal caseback offers a view of the movement’s flower-shaped rotor. 65-hour power reserve. Ostrich strap with folding clasp. $41,300.

Bovet

The Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 39 Fan collection unveils miniature paintings produced on mother-of-pearl with fans as their theme. Fans made with feathers, silk, lace or inlaid mother-of-pearl are created on the dials of these timepieces. Each dial is a unique piece, fitting within the 39-mm diameter Fleurier Amadeo case, available in white or rose gold. The bow, bezel, and lugs are set with 227 diamonds (approx. 1.71 carats). The patented Amadeo case system allows the user to convert her watch into a reversible wristwatch, a table clock, a pocket watch or a pendant watch, without using a single tool. Self-winding Caliber 11BA13 movement has a 72-hour power reserve. Full-skin alligator strap with gold ardillon buckle. As shown: $89,300.

Breguet

This year, Breguet introduced a new interpretation of its Reine de Naples 8908. The first model in this collection debuted in 2002. The new version is distinguished by a rose-gold case, 36.50 mm by 28.45 mm, set with 128 diamonds and a dial partially crafted from Tahitian mother-of-pearl. These features enhance the main attributes of the original model, namely the moon-phase and power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock along with the off-set hours and small seconds at 6 and 7 o’clock, respectively. The layout of these functions is inspired by the first-ever wristwatch, created by A.-L. Breguet between 1810 and 1812 for Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples. Self-winding movement, numbered and signed Breguet, with 45-hour power reserve. Black satin strap with diamond-set folding clasp. $36,100.

Carl F. Bucherer

Adding to its Adamavi collection, which combines elegance with reliable mechanics, Carl F. Bucherer is offering four new timepieces designed for women, with stainless-steel cases in the 31-mm size. These timepieces encase the CFB 1963 automatic caliber, which has a date display at 3 o’clock, a 38-hour power reserve and a slim profile of 4.8 mm. The case is only 8.3 mm thick and has a sapphire crystal in the caseback. Water resistant to 30 meters. The silver dial has silver Roman numerals and indexes. Stainless-steel bracelet and folding clasp. A smaller version with a 28-mm case is also available. As shown: $2,500.

Bulgari

For the first time, Bulgari has paired the Lucea watch with a Tubogas bracelet for added comfort on the wrist. The Tubogas is formed using long bands of gold or steel that interlock to completely conceal the bracelet’s inner structure. The 33-mm model shown has an 18k rose gold bezel, a white mother-of-pearl dial, diamond hour markers, and a date indication. The 18k rose-gold crown is set with a pink cabochon-cut stone and a diamond. The bracelet is stainless steel and 18k rose gold. Automatic movement. Also available in a 28-mm version. As shown: $11,000.

Bulova

This new watch from the Bulova Women’s Marine Star collection has a ceramic case with rose-gold-tone accents and 17 diamonds hand set on the bezel and mother-of-pearl dial. Rose-gold-tone hands and Roman numerals on the dial. Date at 3 o’clock. The 37-mm case has a sapphire crystal above the dial and a screw-on back. It is water resistant to 100 meters. Quartz movement. The white ceramic bracelet has rose-gold-tone accents and a double-press deployant closure. $775.

Citizen

The new light-powered Citizen Jolie has a bow-like silhouette, uniquely curved lugs and 40 brilliant diamonds on its bezel. The stainless-steel case is 30 mm in diameter. The dial is white mother-of-pearl with silver-colored hands and indexes. The Citizen Eco-Drive movement (Caliber E031) can generate power using any natural or artificial light source to keep the watch running without replacing the battery. Stainless-steel bracelet. $650

Eberhard & Co.

Eberhard’s Gilda collection for women features an elliptical case with soft and harmonious lines and a variety of the dials in several colors and finishes, illuminated with mother-of-pearl or enriched with diamonds, blue and pink sapphires, rubies and black brilliants. The 32.10 mm by 38 mm case comes in steel, shown, or in 18k rose gold, and has a spherical sapphire crystal. It is water resistant to 50 meters. The caseback, fastened by four concealed screws, is engraved with a delicate floral motif and the name of the model in red. With Chéri steel bracelet, shown, or crocodile strap with an elliptical steel buckle personalized with the brand’s “E.” As shown: $6,440.

F.P. Journe

The first ladies’ collection by F.P. Journe has an electro-mechanical movement with a mechanical motion detector that is visible on the dial between 4 and 5 o’clock. After 30 minutes without motion, the Élégante switches to standby mode in order to save energy and its hands stop turning. As soon as the watch is worn again, it automatically sets itself to the correct time with the hands taking the shortest path, whether clockwise or counterclockwise. This provides a long autonomy of 8 to 10 years in daily use or up to 18 years in standby mode. The 40-mm titanium case is offered with cloisonné inlays in six different colors and a matching rubber strap: white, light blue, midnight blue, pink, chocolate and khaki green. $12,000.

Frederique Constant

This new Ladies Automatic model from Frederique Constant has the brand’s signature “Heart Beat” opening at 12 o’clock. Four new colored Heart Beat dials are also enhanced with applied diamonds and Roman numeral indexes. The 36-mm case comes in an all-steel version and in steel with a rose-gold-plated bezel (shown). Water resistant to 50 meters. The FC-310 Heart Beat automatic movement has a 38-hour power reserve. Convex sapphire crystal and see-through caseback. For each Ladies Automatic watch sold, $50 is donated to DonorsChoose.org, Gwyneth Paltrow’s charity of choice. As shown, with light gray dial and sunray decoration, six applied diamonds, three rose-gold-plated indexes, and hand-polished rose-gold plated hands. Gray shiny alligator strap: $1,995.

Glashütte Original

The PanoMatic Luna From Glashütte Original has a softly curving moon relief that appears against a silver-colored starry sky on its dial. The 39.4-mm stainless-steel case has a bezel set with 64 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0.95 carats) and a ruby on the crown (approx. 0.022 carats). The white mother-of-pearl dial has 18 rubies (approx. 0.045 carats) to mark the hours and hands made of white gold. Off-center hour and minutes dial, off-center small seconds subdial, stop seconds and Panorama date. Glashütte Original automatic movement 90-12 with 42-hour power reserve. Red alligator strap with steel buckle. $20,400.

Grand Seiko

The new automatic Grand Seiko caliber for women is presented in a limited edition of 50 pieces. Caliber 9S25 offers both a slim profile (just 4.49 mm in height) and a high level of performance, delivering a 50-hour power reserve and a precision of +8 to -3 seconds a day. The 28.7-mm rose-gold case has a see-through back and is water resistant to 100 meters. The dial has a rich look achieved with silver lamé that creates the texture of the snow on Mt. Iwate that overlooks the Shizukuishi studio where the watch is made. The bezel has 37 diamonds, 11 more mark the hours on the dial and one larger diamond is set into the crown (.088 total carats). Crocodile strap and additional white strap included.

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Several new models in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous women’s collection are bathing their dials, straps, hands and day/night indicators in deep midnight blue. The Rendez-Vous Night & Day watch has the delicate day/night indicator complication on its dial. The powdered, silvered numerals stand out against the sunray-finished, midnight blue dial. The Medium version shown has a 34-mm stainless-steel case and a bezel set with diamonds (approx. 0.63 carat). Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic Caliber 898A/1 has a 40-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal caseback uncovers part of the movement. Midnight blue alligator strap. Also available in a 29-mm size. As shown: $13,100.

Jaquet Droz

The Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Petite Mother-of-Pearl has a figure-8-shaped case made of 18k rose gold with an Akoya pearl above the 12 o’clock position. The 25-mm case is set with 68 diamonds and the rose-gold ardillon buckle is set with 23 diamonds (0.64 total carats). The dial is white mother-of-pearl with a circular grain motif and the crown is topped with a white mother-of-pearl cabochon. The hands are 18k rose gold. The Jaquet Droz 615 self-winding movement has a silicon balance spring and pallet horns and a 38-hour power reserve. Rolled edge hand-made taupe alligator strap. $26,300.

Kerbedanz

Inspired by the beauty of a field of flowers, the Wild Flowers ladies’ watch has a 43-mm 18k rose-gold case designed, decorated and manufactured by Kerbedanz and set with 132 diamonds (1.62 carats). The crown is dressed with diamonds and is situated at 1:30. The solid rose-gold dial is hand decorated and is set with 12 diamonds (0.06 carat). Sapphire crystals in front and back. Water resistant to 50 meters. Automatic in-house movement KRB-03 caliber with 120-hour power reserve. Alligator strap with 18k gold double folding clasp with Kerbedanz design. Available on special request. $50,000.

Longines

Longines is adopting the brand’s signature blue color for the dials and straps of its new La Grande Classique de Longines collection. The collection is distinguished by its delicate slim profile, which is made possible by the unique construction: the back of the case also serves as the lugs of the strap, a technique that is patented by Longines. The blue sunray dial is available with inlaid stone, inlaid diamond or Roman numeral hour markers with either a blue alligator strap or a stainless-steel bracelet. The case size may be 24, 29, 36 or 37 mm. ETA quartz movement; an automatic ETA movement is available for the 36-mm version. As shown, 24-mm version with 36 Top Wesselton diamonds on the bezel (approx. 0.302 carat): $2,950.

Montblanc

The Montblanc Bohème Automatic Date combines fine watchmaking and a distinctly feminine design. Hours, minutes and seconds are indicated with leaf and baton-shaped blue hands. The date is shown through a unique elliptical opening at 6 o’clock. The mother-of-pearl dial has a delicate blue dot pattern for the minutes, a shell guilloché center with 60 facets, a guilloché border, and blue floral Arabic numerals. It is set with 8 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.048 carats). The 30-mm stainless-steel case has integrated horns and a sapphire crystal caseback. Automatic movement MB 24.14 has a 38-hour power reserve. The strap is blue jean alligator leather with a strap-changing mechanism. $2,775.

Nomos Glashütte

NOMOS Glashuette

The latest Nomos Tangente marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement in 2019 with nine versions, each limited to 100 pieces, inspired by the sketchbooks of renowned Bauhaus artists. Each has a sketch-paper colored dial and oxidized black numerals and hands, surrounded by a ring in one of the primary colors – red, yellow or blue – in three case sizes, 33, 35 or 38 mm. The stainless-steel case has a sapphire crystal in front and a steel back with special limited-edition engraving. Manual-wind Nomos Caliber Alpha is only 2.6 mm high and has been adjusted in six positions. It has a power reserve of 43 hours. Black Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan strap. As shown, with 33-mm case: $1,660.

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe has added a new blue-gray color as another choice for the Reference 5067 Aquanaut Luce in stainless steel. The dial reflects a casual sporty look with Aquanaut-style blue-gray embossing and luminescent hour markers and hands. The new color underscores the youthful design. The bezel is set with 46 diamonds (approx. 1 carat). Quartz movement, Caliber E23-250 S C. 35.6-mm case with solid caseback. Water resistant to 120 meters. Blue-gray composite material strap with Aquanaut fold-over clasp. $16,220.

Rolex

Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31

Rolex has introduced new versions of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31, with redesigned case sides and lugs and a range of original dials. Offered in 18k white, yellow or Everose gold, the models have 31-mm cases and are powered by Rolex Caliber 2236, which carries Superlative Chronometer certification. It has a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and a 55-hour power reserve. The screw-down winding crown is fitted with the Twinlock double water-resistance system, water resistant to 100 meters. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal has a Cyclops lens over the date at 3 o’clock. The watches are fitted on a President bracelet, which has a concealed folding Crownclasp. As shown, in white gold with a diamond-set bezel and mother-of-pearl diamond-set dial: $44,550

TAG Heuer

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady is now equipped with automatic movement Caliber 9 and is water resistant to 300 meters. The watch has a unidirectional rotating bezel with 12 facets and six polished lugs. The power reserve is 42 hours. The hands and indexes are coated with white Super-Lumi-Nova for optimal visibility in deep water. The steel case is 32 mm in diameter and has a black or white mother-of-pearl dial. The dial may be set will 11 diamonds as shown (0.11 carat). The bracelet is made of steel with alternating brushed links on the outside and polished ones in the center. As shown: $2,550.

Tutima Glashütte

Tutima is offering its Saxon One Lady on a stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp. The watch has a 36-mm stainless-steel case with a faceted design. It has a screw-down crown and is available with or without diamonds on the bezel. The mother-of-pearl dial has silver index markers and a date window at 3 o’clock. Domed sapphire crystal above the dial and sapphire window in the caseback. Water resistant to 100 meters. Automatic Caliber TUT 340 movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Also available on an alligator strap in various colors with a folding clasp. As shown: $6,500.

Ulysse Nardin

In 2013, Ulysse Nardin launched their Jade model as a tribute to that revered gemstone. This year, five new Classico Jade ladies’ watches pay homage to an even more precious stone: the diamond. Each new Jade model has a 37-mm stainless-steel case and a mother-of-pearl dial with 10 diamonds (0.052 carats) swirled in a leaf-wave motif across the lower left quadrant. Three of the models, in blue, gray or dark red, have 76 diamonds on the bezel (1.072 carats); the other two variants, in blue or gray, have unadorned steel bezels. Blue, gray or dark red Arabic numerals. Sapphire crystal above the dial. Engraved caseback. Self-winding UN-815 movement with 42-hour power reserve. Leather strap in blue, white or garnet red with pin buckle. As shown: $9,900.

Vacheron Constantin

Malte small model 81015/000R-B282

Vacheron Constantin’s Malte collection is named for a watch component that has become the brand’s emblem. The tonneau-shaped case sets the stage for the most prestigious watch mechanisms. This Malte Small Modèle has a rose-gold case that measures 28.40 mm by 38.67 mm and is only 7.72 mm thick. It has a sapphire crystal caseback through which manual-winding Caliber 1400 AS can be seen. The movement is just 2.60 mm thick and has a 40-hour power reserve. Rose-gold crown, indexes, Roman numerals and hands. Small seconds at 6 o’clock. As shown, on an alligator strap with rose-gold ardillon buckle: $20,700.

Wempe

The Wempe Zeitmeister line has a clear design paired with technical precision. The Zeitmaster Manchette shown has a gold-plated stainless-steel case that measures 25 mm by 36 mm and is set with 28 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.70 carats). The mother-of-pearl dial has 11 diamond hour markers (0.05 carats) and the gold-plated crown is set with a diamond (0.025 carats). A sapphire crystal is above the dial. The ETA 980.163 quartz movement has a stop-seconds function and a small seconds subdial. The caseback features a laser engraving of the Wempe observatory in Glashütte, Germany. Gold-plated stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp. Also available in a smaller version measuring 22.5 mm by 34 mm. As shown: $3,440.

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