A watch is an investment, a piece you wear day in, day out, that will hopefully last for years, so it needs to be both stylish and functional. Whether you’re after something classic and (excuse the pun) timeless, or something that makes a bold statement, we’ve rounded up the six best brands for affordable and chic timepieces.
Scandi style has been big news for years now, so it’s no surprise that four out of the six brands you’ll read about in this list of the best watches for women originate from Scandinavian countries. They just do design really, really well. Skagen is the perfect example, combining Danish minimalism with Swiss accuracy to create watches that effortlessly fuse contemporary features with timeless design. These are perfect everyday watches that will fit seamlessly into your accessories wardrobe.
Olivia Burton is a London-based brand founded by two former fashion buyers who shared a love of vintage timepieces but could never find any that worked flawlessly. They quit their day jobs in 2011 to create their own collection of watches that were imbued with the vintage charm they loved, but with the benefit of modern-day, reliable mechanisms.
Their aesthetic is undeniably feminine but always sophisticated. We love the Celestial bracelet watch, a gorgeous twist on a classic watch style.
If you’re a Millennial, you’ll almost certainly have had a Swatch watch when you were younger. Beloved for their playful, practical plastic designs, they are a bona fide piece of 80s and 90s nostalgia.
Far from becoming a relic of the past, Swiss-made Swatch is still a go-to for super reliable timepieces in eye-catching designs. Perfect if you want one of the best watches for women that’s less classic, more fun.
Sustainable brand Nordgreen is a baby in the watches market, launching in just 2017. Designed in Denmark, its watches are beautifully minimalist in style but their real point of difference is their easily interchangeable straps. There’s a great variety of straps available – from canvas and leather to metal mesh and vegan leather – meaning that whatever style you buy initially, you can easily switch it up if you fancy an update.
Larsson & Jennings
Another brand with Scandi roots, Andrew Jennings was inspired by Swedish design after visiting his friend Joakim Larsson in Stockholm. When he returned to London he set about creating a watch that had the perfect balance of modern and classic, just like Stockholm. Their watches are all classic in design – perfect for work – but we particularly love the angular Norse watch.
Arne Jacobsen was a legendary Danish architect and designer. The four watch styles that now bear his name – City Hall, Bankers, Roman and Station – have been faithfully recreated using his original drawings of clocks he designed for buildings he created, such as the Danish National Bank building. In a time of overwhelming choice, it’s satisfying to have just four styles to choose from, all of which are understated and elegant.