Women’s watches are an essential accessory for every woman. They are sophisticated and classic and show off your personality. With so many women’s watches brands to choose from, it can be challenging to get a handle on who offers what. If there’s one thing we could all do with more of, it’s time.

And while we can’t add more hours to the day, we can point you in the direction of the best women’s watches. While in the past, women’s watches took a back seat to men’s watches, today luxury watches are no longer just for boys. Below you’ll find our guide to the best timepieces for women. Luxury watches of the highest quality and with the coolest designs, created with the needs of the modern woman in mind.

The best classic women’s watches to wear this year

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Rolex Datejust 179173 Women’s Watch in 18kt Stainless Steel/Yellow Gold

We’re kicking off our list of the best and most classic women’s watches with Rolex’s Lady-Datejust. This watch has been celebrated since its debut in 1945 by both men and women. With several sizes, dials, bezels, hour markers and metals to choose from, the Datejust is a must among watch lovers of all styles.

This Lady-Datejust consists of Rolex’s durable oyster case, a yellow gold fluted bezel and comfortable stainless steel and yellow gold Jubilee bracelet. Its mother of pearl dial features 18kt yellow gold Roman numeral hour markers, a gold trimmed date window at 3 o’clock and cyclops lens to enlarge the date. The watch’s automatic movement is exceptionally reliable, earning it the title of Superlative Chronometer, surpassing the COSC’s rigorous standards.

Vincero Ava Petite

This is one of the most trendy women’s watches of our list. For the trend-setters and taste-makers among you, a watch that tells the time is only half the equation. You also want a watch to accompany you to catwalk shows and after-show parties. You want a watch with some serious high-fashion flair.

This watch-meets-bracelet design is certainly one for the jewellery box, with its dainty case—only 20 mm wide—and an assortment of colour combinations. Opt for black and gold for enduring allure, or the rose gold and pale pink to conjure some modern femininity. A top-rated women’s watch, the Ava Petite has the potential to elevate any outfit.

IWC Schaffhausen

It’s easy to see why IWC Schaffhausen is one of the most famous watch brands in the world. This prestigious manufacturer is all about attention to detail and has been making timepieces for women since the 1870s.

Today, the range caters to the ladies with its reduced case sizes for its most popular models, as well as the jewelry-like Da Vinci collection. These models come in 18-carat gold and diamond versions, with Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Flower Of Life illustration engraved on the back. This drawing represented the essence of beauty – the perfect addition for any woman.

Skagen Aaren Naturals

Perfect for eco-conscious shoppers, the timepieces in Skagen’s Aaren Naturals collection have been designed using stainless steel with recycled content and come on straps made with leather alternatives such as mulberry bark, cork and apple. Available in a raft of dial colors — including green, blue, and cognac — the watches come on matching eco-friendly straps.

Louis Vuitton

In 2002, Louis Vuitton revealed the Tambour, making its debut in the world of watches. Named for “drum” in French, the Tambour watch tells time like the percussion sets the tempo of music. The Tambour also features inner workings worthy of traditional Swiss mechanics. It’s inspired by the long-history of travel ingrained in the Louis Vuitton DNA and has almost countless iterations now.

Nine West Women’s NW/1981 Watch

This is indeed the best budged watch for women. The 40 mm case makes this one of the bigger watches on our list but the dial itself is simple and pared-back. Check out the subtle details like the split dial: half matt taupe and half taupe sunray. The mesh bracelet feels sleek against your wrist and looks feminine and delicate too. Traditional without being dated, this Nine West NW/1981 watch does it all. The perfect timepiece for around-the-clock wear, making sure that you never miss a thing.

Isabel Marant 35mm stainless steel watch

The bold, black face of this Isabel Marant watch is off-set with its delicate gold detailing. This watch from Isabel Marant is made from gold-tone stainless steel with a dial in contrasting black. Crafted in Switzerland, it comes with an interchangeable leather bracelet, allowing you to alter its style depending on your mood.

Gucci Dive 45mm steel watch

A proper chunky watch that makes a statement. The Gucci Dive 45mm steel watch blends a mannish silver-toned design with the Kingsnake motif, an iconic symbol of the house. The Swiss-made piece offers water resistance up to 200 meters – so you can do exactly as the name tells: dive.