6 Stylish Ladies Watches for 2012
As any fashionista can tell you, a watch is far more than a timepiece; it has become a must-have accessory for women as well as a form of functional jewelry. While ladies’ watches were once dainty and small, there are now a vast array of styles flooding the market. Whether the watch is for work, play, or dressing up, there are designs to suit every occasion and fashion sensibility. Color, jewels, bands, chronographs, and unique finishes make a watch the perfect way to top off any ensemble.
2012, more than any other year in recent memory, will bring in an impressive array of wrist candy. Large dial timepieces have made a comeback and the style is here to stay. There will be a shift towards a masculine feel this year with over-sized, circular cases boasting simple bands in leather, plastic, and metal. The boyfriend watch is a hit, balancing a feminine look with a more rugged, tough timepiece. Those seeking a glamorous vibe are going for unisex watches with stones and jewels to add some sparkle.
Skeleton watches that show off their inner-workings add a bit of quirk to any wrist. Coming in a variety of styles, skeleton watches have a vintage look. A large round case complements the edgier skeletal design. The tank watch, originally created by Cartier in 1917, is a style that has been around for almost a century; its rectangle shape is timeless and can even feature crystals or diamonds. Black bands with textures such as snakeskin and alligator go perfectly with the linear design of these types of watches.
Bold colors and interchangeable wrist bands are also trends that will soon be seen on the wrists of stylish women everywhere. The splashes of color, ranging from orange to blue, are popular on either the band or the dials. Even luxury brands are now selling interchangeable wrist bands in a rainbow of hues. Stainless steel, silver, rose gold, gold, and platinum are still standards for a more a subdued, elegant feel. Thicker bands with texture, such as leather or mesh are a funky trend for those willing to go bold. Ceramic watches, for their part, have truly taken center stage this year, and will only increase in popularity in the future. White, black, or colorful, you can’t go wrong with ceramic!
With all of these hot trends in ladies’ watches, it can sometimes feel hard to keep track of the latest styles. With this in mind, here are 6 stylish ladies’ watches that embody all the best styles that will be popular in 2012:
- Rolex Lady-Datejust (Jubilee Bracelet)
Rolex’s classic Lady-Datejust has truly stood the test of time. It is a mix of luxury, elegance, and functionality wrapped up in one spectacular package. The over-sized dial has a popular unisex feel, yet the new edition is bursting with femininity. The case is made of 18 karat gold and set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds, making the watch a true work of art and extremely dazzling to the eyes. It is 26 mm in an 18 karat gold and steel bezel. The dial is comprised of 18 karat gold crystals with the yellow and gray Jubilee motif creating a unique, two-toned face. The arrow markers boast ten diamonds in 18 karat gold settings and the band is made of Jubilee links in steel and – once more – 18 karat gold. It looks more like a fabulous bracelet and is nothing like your ordinary time piece. To top it all off, it’s handy for maintaining punctuality as it shows hours, minutes, seconds, and the date.
- Omega Speedmaster Automatic Chronometer (Purple Leather Strap)
The latest Omega Speedmaster is sporty and quite bold. Featuring a purple dial and purple leather alligator band, it will add a splash of color to your outfit. It features a stainless steel case with crystal on both sides and a diamond bezel set in steel, creating sparkle. In addition, the Speedmaster is truly high-tech, with a self-winding chronograph and certified chronometer. It allows you to keep track of hours, minutes, small seconds, and the date. The round shape and sleek band are extremely fashion forward.
- Fossil Women’s Riley Ceramic Watch (Navy)
Fossil’s Riley watch is an affordable, yet chic accessory. The boyfriend design paired with the navy ceramic finish means this watch hits on several trends. A sparkling top-ring contrasts perfectly with the over-sized masculine case. The ceramic bracelet, for its part, will make a female’s wrist look delicate. The white dial has a silver-toned number 12, a black minute track, and three multifunctional subdials. Fossil has done a remarkable job pairing an unexpected color with unique materials.
- Movado Bold (Rose Gold)
Movado’s latest edition, Movado Bold, is a mid-sized chronograph with a fresh twist. This unisex watch has the perfect balance of masculine and feminine with its clean lines, round frame, and rose gold-toned ion-plated stainless steel case and bracelet. The rose gold dial is accented by textured dots and a metallic sheen. The date display and K1 crystal make this watch pretty and functional at the same time.
- Corum Miss Golden Bridge Diamonds (Skeleton Dial)
Corum’s Miss Golden Bridge watch is breathtaking. With a linear baguette movement, the watch stands out on its mechanical composition alone. It also features a skeleton dial nestled inside of an 18 karat white gold tonneau-shaped case set with diamonds. The chic black leather strap fits perfectly with the curve of its shape. The small, sparkling case makes it glamorous and polished. The expert watch makers at Corum equipped the watch with 140 elements to create a balance wheel of inertia and power reserve of 40 hours.
- Hublot Big Bang (White Caviar)
Hublot’s legendary Big Bang watch looks almost futuristic in this White Caviar incarnation. Its large case is bright and shiny with ceramic reliefs that are designed, cut, beveled, and polished in the same fashion as the One Million Dollar Black Caviar. The round case sits on a rubber strap that is bold and sleek. The entire watch is made from lightweight ceramic, and the design features uniform shades of white. This timepiece is a true statement piece.
As a passionate collector of luxury watches ever since he was a boy, it should come as no surprise that Roman Sharf went on to found Luxury Bazaar, a leading boutique that deals in luxury watches, designer jewelry, and fine art. As far as Roman is concerned, the timepiece which will best exemplify the trends in ladies’ watches during 2012 is Corum’s Miss Golden Bridge Watch with Diamonds.