Female Watches - Advice?

I'll be starting FT soon and was curious if there are any watch recommendations for females? Looking for mid-price range ones!

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  • Intern in IB - Cov
Aug 1, 2021 - 11:30am

You might find one interesting - Baume et Mercier Classima, Longines Master Collection, Omega De Ville, Seiko SRPF

Aug 4, 2021 - 5:01pm

I recommend you Cartier Tank or if you can do it go for Jaeger le Coultre. I think these style fit ladies the most! Also don't be afraid to rock men's watches and size. Daytona would look cool if you can get it. Buy one and buy once.

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  • Senior Consultant in Consulting
Aug 6, 2021 - 9:26am

Cartier watches are classy and elegant, but in my experience also scream "private school kid". Nothing wrong with a simple Rolex for ladies, even the classic smaller versions of the Oyster models. As an AN1 I would stick to the Cartier-Rolex price range. You don't want to show up with an AP (even though the female models look great) on Day 1.

Aug 14, 2021 - 4:05pm

"Lower" price range: 
Can't go wrong with any classic Cartier. As a lady you can get away with wearing a quartz Cartier and still be respected by watch lovers. Models to consider are (price ascending): tank solo & ronde solo, any model with the name "tank", ballon bleu, Cartier Santos(First wristwatch ever).

Mid-tier range: 
Most rolex classic steel/steel sports. ex. Oyster perpetual, Date-just. don't worry about sizing too much, anything higher than a 26mm is a respectable size+rather affordable since the big watch trend has died off a lot since the mid 2010s.

Niche/higher-tier: 
Any jaeger lecoultre reverso. rectangular shape, huge history as it was made for British polo players in India and dubbed the first ever "sports" watch.
Chopard Happy Diamonds. Fun watch if you don't care about watch history as it was first released in the 2000s (If I remembered correctly). Not too flashy with diamonds floating on the dial makes it fun to look at.
Bregeut Reine de Naples: again huge history as it was first made for napoleon's sister. Subtle F-off watch due to the slim case shape and the lug width not overpowering the case.

Most Helpful
Aug 14, 2021 - 11:56pm

I'm probably not much help here since I'm a woman that prefer men's watches and their designs… 

But, I think if you don't want to go the Cartier tank route (it's a nice watch and a lot of women's go-to) or if you're like me and don't like bejeweled dials or bezels (I feel like the bling is too busy, takes attention from the watch), you can check out something like Nomos. 
 

I don't know what your definition of mid range is, but Nomos start around high $2K or low $3K or more range..? 
 

A Rolex with a simple dial is a safe bet if you are ok with spending more.
 

This may not be be for everyone, but years ago I saw a woman with a black dial Panerai (a masculine looking watch) but paired with a red leather band. I thought the contrast - big watch on a small wrist, masculine watch on a fashionable cute red band - was a great look. If I ever get a panerai I'll try this. 
 

edit: It's been awhile since I looked, but it seems like Panerai has been making select smaller versions and they're targeting women. So worth checking out.

  • Summer Associate in IB - Cov
Aug 19, 2021 - 2:06pm

Adding another vote for Cartier (especially for women, you have a lot of options and like someone said above even the Quartz is pretty well respected). I just bought a Ronde Solo (male) and have no regrets so far and feel better about buying it since it came with a ridiculous 8-year warranty from the AD. When I was an analyst I wore a Citizen EcoDrive lol. You could also do Rolex and get away with it but for me personally I think you only can see downside in the office and 0 upside when you wear it around. I personally would stay away but it doesnt really matter to 99% of people anyway. A Tudor is much more appropriate and an amazing watch in and of itself.

Others to consider: Tudor Black Bay 32, Omega Constellation, Bvlgari (a bit of a fashion brand but solid quality IMO), Baume et Mercier (if you get a good deal, resale is crap), NOMOS (very much a young persons brand but very high quality Bauhaus designs, I want to get one at some point)

Aug 20, 2021 - 1:52am

Loooove the Ronde Solo as a guy as well. Bought a Seamaster last year but thinking hard about a Ronde or Ballon de Bleu for '22. Though my goal is the basic royal oak with a navy face

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  • Summer Associate in IB - Cov
Aug 21, 2021 - 10:08am

TheBuellerBanker

Loooove the Ronde Solo as a guy as well. Bought a Seamaster last year but thinking hard about a Ronde or Ballon de Bleu for '22. Though my goal is the basic royal oak with a navy face

Personally think if you already have a watch collection the ballon is better! But if you need a daily wearer get the ronde

Aug 21, 2021 - 12:02pm

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36, Any one of the five colors (candy pink, carol red, yellow, green and turquoise) will do. It's professional, yet classy. It is not too big nor too small. Perfect for a young female banker.

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