Wrist watches have always been designed with the fairer sex in mind. Historically the first wrist watch was predominantly worn by women having found a pocket watch impractical. In fact it wasnâ€™t until 1904 that the first wrist watch was designed by Louis Cartier for men, with attitudes still widely considering the watch as a timepiece solely for women.
Changing lifestyles and ever evolving fashion trends have shaped womenâ€™s watch making to dramatically evolve since the first models were widely available. Join us as we look how ladiesâ€™ watches have journeyed through the decades to todayâ€™s modern trends.
The Birth of the Wristwatch
Wrist watches grew in popularity from the 1850s, especially amongst the ladies of the French elite. These watches were limited in functionality and would be considered distinctively primitive to the intuitive models availableÂ today. The watches of this time period were often inaccurate, but their main draw was their impressive bright and glittering design. Women paid great attention to the design of a watch which is why there are many antique bejewelled masterpieces of the era.
British women took a more practical approach, wanting a simple, reliable time piece to use when hunting on horseback. These models were presented on simple leather straps, which were ideal for their required purpose. A bracelet style was the watch of choice for more formal occasions.