With so many watch brands for Him, the world of timepieces have been male-dominated for eons. However, women are shifting the tides and reinstating their place as the first users of wrist watches.
In 1868, a Swiss watch manufacturer, Patek Philippe, produced the first timekeeping device customized for the wrist. The piece was designed especially for women. Prior to then, watches were in form of pendants and lockets that were kept either in the pockets, worn around the neck or pinned on one side of the chest, a practice common with nurses.
In the early 19th century, during World War I, men started wearing wrist watches as a strategic military tool. It was frustrating to constantly open a pocket watch during a battle so watches strapped around the wrist served better and military leaders were assigned wristwatches to help coordinate precise attacks.
This automatically increased the need to produce more wrist watches for men as they became the largest market for the jewelry. According to Clive Owen, watches are the only jewelry men can wear. So they wore it with pride, especially the popular brands.
Here are some of those popular watch brands;
Gucci; asides the unique beautiful stripe pattern Gucci is known for, the wristwatch designs stand out for its unique color combinations.
Rolex; Rolex watches are symbols of prestige. As the world’s first waterproof watch, the brand is famous for its iconic models such as the Sea-Dweller, GMT-Master and the Daytona.
Tag Heuer; Tag Heuer has strong ties with sports and entertainment, as well as people who love both. No wonder they chose one of Hollywood’s best, Leonardo DiCaprio as one of their models.
Chanel; Chanel watches are more classy than attractive. Their designs are created for simple people who appreciate style.
Versace; Time is not a luxury, but with Versace watches, each piece is. The brand is one of the most recognized luxury fashion houses with collections of incredible wrist watches.
Omega; The Swiss watchmaker creates beautiful, affordable yet exotic pieces that speak timeless complements.
These brands, including Cartier, Bulgari, and others who produce irresistible men-focused wristwatches, gradually enticed women to embrace watches made for men, which at some point became a popular trend. Then out of necessity, these brands branched out to make wristwatch pairs for couples, unisex watches, and female watches.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Date, Tag Heuer Link, Dior Grand Soir Botanic, Bulgari Serpenti and more, are some of the vastly covetable watches made for women of class.
Sports brands like Apple, G-Shock, and FitBit also take the female market seriously with the production of a wider range of styles and colors that excites females.
Treating yourself to a quality wristwatch or gifting the important women in your life is one of the signs of the times – that you take them as serious as watch brands do.