As men’s timepieces have continually sought to exert increasingly masculine and robust styles, women’s watches have suffered from remaining overtly feminine. This expression of femininity, more often than not, comes in an overdose of jewels and diamonds paired with ever-shrinking faces.
With the progressive trend of gender-bending, it is no longer about men wearing men’s stuff and women only sporting feminine pieces. The ladies have since turned to watches designed for the opposite sex, in order to fashion more assertive and professional looks.
Prodding fashion conventions, we have picked out some of our favourite men’s watches that look stunning when rocked by the wrists of the fairer sex.
Panerai is perceived as an incredibly masculine brand and one of the big proponents of the oversized watch face trend. Yet the toughness in design that the piece like the Panerai Luminor attempts to establish makes it an ideal choice for women. Yes, the large markers, a 44mm cushion case and the signature bridge protection over the winding crown makes this quite a brawny watch but sporting one of these timepieces makes a bold statement that is aggressively effortless. Panerai’s men’s line is the choice of wrist-wear for stalwart women like Heidi Klum and actress Stana Katic, even though it is more associated with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. A burly watch like the Luminor can be worn by women who have nothing to prove but the point is made either way.
Women have most likely been wearing the Rolex Daytona since it was first released in 1963. Elle McPherson, Sofia Vergara, Madonna and Ellen DeGeneres are all known to sport this favoured timepiece. The Daytona is iconic and unashamedly a symbol of prestige. However, it is also a versatile and subtle timepiece. The classic and understated design that can be worn with a variety of wardrobes and on any occcasion, which is one of the reasons women of status and taste are fond of it. Furthermore, its 40mm diameter make it a perfectly oversized watch for smaller wrists without being to loud. This could all be true or they could all just be secretly fawning over the late Paul Newman who reportedly wore his Daytona every day from 1972 until his death in 2008.
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A number of IWC men’s watches have gained a cult following amongst the opposite sex. Once wrapped around a smaller wrist, the classic and delicate design of the IWC Portofino (pictured) becomes a lot more obvious. Its understated black or white dial, leather strap and 40mm diameter, doesn’t come across at all as masculine. Similarly, the IWC Portugieser has become the preferred men’s timepiece for corporate women. Warm in red gold tones, the chronograph establishes a vintage style with a touch of class and professionalism.
This is the watch that made it to the moon and back — of course, everyone is going wear it. It has a rugged stainless steel body, the chronograph functionality, the Hesalite crystal, and the sleek black bezel and black dial combo making it both historical and technically sound. The moon-watch is indeed a statement piece around a lady’s wrist but one that styles perfectly with a classic vintage look. The one pictured here has been upgraded with a tan strap, enhancing its sophistication.
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