Best watches for women - dial up the details and up your watch game.

Luxe materials and fresh-faced details are dialing up this season’s most-wanted and on-trend designer timepieces.

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Whether you're after a timeless classic aka the best designer watches to invest in this season or an on-trend piece that'll complete your look - get ready to up your watch game with our edit of the best watches for women. 

Words by Emma Sells

Cocktail Hour

Best watches for women

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From top: ‘Premiere Mini’ black-steel, diamond and rubber watch, £4000 Chanel ‘Rose Celeste’ steel diamond, mother of pearl and satin watch, £4,400 Dior watches 18ct rose gold, diamond and satin watch, £20,700 Tiffany & Co ‘Possesion’ 18ct rose-gold, diamond and leather watch, £11,400 Piaget Available at Selfridges

If you didn’t think you needed a dedicated after-dark watch then these should be enough to convince you. Luxe leather straps and a scattering of diamonds make for the perfect mix of elegance and interesting and are just the thing to off-set everything from an androgynous tux to your most high-impact party dresses.

The best watches for women: A Subtle Sheen

Best watches for women

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Clockwise from top left: ‘Carrera Lady' stainless-steel, mother-of-pearl and leather watch, £2,100 TAG Heuer 'Serpenti' 18ct rose-gold, diamond, mother-of-pearl and leather watch, £7,950 Bulgari 'Dialmaster Thinline' rose-gold-plated Ceramos, sapphire crystal, titanium and leather watch, £1,900 Rado

This season wear-forever leather straps have been given a stealthy upgrade thanks to just a hint of metallic shimmer. Keep the look on the down-low by choosing a streamlined, classic watch face or look to a hint of embellishment or wrap-around straps to up your game even more.

The best watches for women: Boy Meets Girl

From top: 'Sofia' 18ct pink-gold, ruby and satin watch, £5,290 Dolce & Gabbana 'Day Date 26' 18ct Everose-gold and Oystersteel watch, £28,850 Rolex

Modern, elegant riffs on traditional masculine shapes are the perfect choice for a day-to-day watch that you’ll want to wear on repeat. Opt for high-shine stainless steel or embossed leather straps and wear everywhere from work to off-duty weekends.

The best watches for women: Everyday Sparkle

Best watches for women

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From top: Stainless-steel 18ct pink-gold, diamond and leather watch, £3,480 Longines Stainless-steel and diamond watch, £1,795 Frédérique Constant 18ct pink-gold, diamnd, mother-of-pearl and leather watch, £17,970 Louis Vuitton 'Glamour Date 26' stainless-steel and diamond watch, £2,290 Tudor

If you’re looking for a much-needed lift no matter what your day holds then you’ll want to invest in contemporary timepieces that come with a little extra flourish: because what watch isn’t improved by a streak of diamonds curving around its face? Guaranteed to put a smile on yours.

The best watches for women:Going For Gold

Best watches for women

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From top: 18ct-gold watch, £19,500, Chaumet ‘Panthére de Cartier’ 18-ct gold and sapphire watch, £20,600, Cartier ‘Grip’ gold-plated watch, £1,320, Gucci

The most stylish women know that treating your watch as an extension of your jewellery collection is a fast-track to sartorial success. Cherry-pick gold hardware, from iconic silhouettes to of-the-moment re-imaginings, and wear solo or stacked with your favourite bracelets.

The best watches for women: Coming Up Roses

Best watches for women

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Above: ‘De Ville Tresor' stainles-steel, sapphire crystal, quartz and leather watch, £3,890 Omega

Rose gold is the most on-trend way to perfectly balance out this season’s more masculine and structured watch shapes. Whether you look to oversized and chunky classics or more minimal, angular shapes, they’ve been given a just-feminine-enough twist thanks to the prettiest of metallic finishes.

Stying: Lucy Reber Photography: David Newton Words: Emma Sells

Sunil Makan

Sunil Makan is the Editor of British Marie Claire. With over 12 years of publishing experience, working on print publications and their digital counterparts, national newspapers and digital pure plays he is an Editor, Strategist, Content Producer and Creative Director. 

Sunil’s specialisms include Fashion, Beauty and Grooming, Lifestyle and Culture. Prior to Marie Claire, Sunil worked at ELLE, InStyle, Shortlist Media and freelanced at various other titles.