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The Clueless Man’s Guide to Buying a Woman a Watch

by Michael Weare
11 December, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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This article was written and contributed by Emily Longstaff who also writes for New York art magazine artobserved.com

Our research shows that men are, even by their own admission, clueless and useless at choosing gifts for wives, girlfriends, mistresses and even their mums, so this is our expert guide to disappointment-proof watch shopping this Christmas specially compiled by our secret weapon in such matters – a woman.

As Christmas time approaches and the days to buy your other half an impressive and worthwhile gift run short; men will be simultaneously breaking into flustered sweats and hyperventilating all over the planet (Ed: or not!). For some, this will unfortunately be due to the bout of winter flu going around; but for the majority of mankind, this will ultimately be the adverse effect of having a demanding female companion.

The extensive perspiration you’re about to face over the forthcoming fortnight’s Christmas parties and events will not be helped by your beloved succumbing to the need to beautify herself at the expense of, not only your time, but also your sanity… so why not kill two birds with one stone? A watch is the perfect gift to not only say ‘I love you’, but also subtly hint at; ‘For God’s sake hurry up!’ without getting your head bitten off.

With only weeks to go, men everywhere will be spending copious amounts of their hard earned cash in a bid to please their loved ones, but as you will endeavour to find out – cash is not always what it’s all about. Those with a few bob to spare will undoubtedly be throwing their credit cards at the problem and potentially spending hundreds, if not thousands on something that may as well be picked out by your partially sighted mother-in-law who thinks it’s still the 50’s. Believe me; you may as well give your other half a Primark gift voucher (Ed: what’s wrong with that?) than a £1,000 watch that she’ll never wear!

So to help you clueless lot, I have made a few selections on your behalf on what to buy in a variety of price ranges, styles and with, above all, a bit of much needed guidance! All the thinking is laid on, including the price clearly marked so you know how much cash you need to hand over.

Women come under three main categories – you may be flabbergasted by the simplicity of this statement, but believe me its true! There are the obvious slight variations to this however that surround life as a whole but rather than over-complicating this vital information, take a deep breath and simply listen to the wisdom I have to pass onto you; the list is as follows:

1. The Girly Girl – If your wife/partner’s favourite colour is pink and she loves frills and all manner of things girly (i.e. sparkles, glitter, sheer fabric, skirts) you have yourself a true girl’s girl.

2. The Professional – If your significant other prides herself on independence (this can still be the case for a stay at home mum) and loves all manner of suits along with self obtained luxury, you have yourself a miss independent. (hint: a clue to spotting this type of woman is geometric lines and constructs, if she likes stripes, black and white trims, solid circular prominent buttons etc, this is a sure-fire way to spot this particular ‘breed’)

3. The Rock Chick/Eccentric – If the love of your life is inclined towards the ‘emo’, punk and indie scene and idolises the likes of either modern rock music (Avril Lavigne, Paramore, The Killers etc) or follows the iconic AC/DC and Guns and Roses, then you have yourself an eccentric rock goddess.

You may wonder how this categorisation will indeed help you in your endeavour to purchase a watch but panic not. I have compiled a list of the best watches around that correspond to each of the aforementioned types – you even get an ‘a’ or ‘b’ option!

The Girly Girl

Girly girl

Accurist Ladies charmed Pretty in Pink watch (£108)

accurist - pink charm

This charmed, delicate, girly timepiece from Accurist has the daintiness and aesthetics of a bracelet that bears the functionality of a watch. For a Pandora loving fashionista, you simply can’t go wrong.

Juicy Couture Ladies Stella watch (£175)

Juicy Couture Stella

A baby pink, more stereotypically designed watch from Juicy Couture makes up for what it’s lacking in the way of numbers by its similarity to Dior’s latest Grand Soir range; your girly girlfriend will be the envy of all her friends in this piece.

The Professional

Professional woman

Roamer Ladies Dreamline Ceramic Watch (£365)

roamer- ceramic watch

Moody black, ceramic bracelet design from Roamer which exudes sophistication with is geometric ebony design. The sturdy black tiles of which the timepiece is comprised are sure to win you well deserved brownie points with your high flying lover.

Dreyfuss and Co 1946 watch (£327)

dreyfuss and co 1946 watch

Swiss made Dreyfuss & Co ensemble which embodies the style of the classic working woman down to a T. The simple round face with its intricate gold rim provides somewhat simplistic detail that demands the same perfectionism as your may your other half expect.

The Rock Chick/Eccentric

Rock chick

Tendence Gulliver Round X Hydrogen Watch (£270)

tendence unisex watch

A Tendence unisex watch with a chunky, bold, predominantly black design that features a central silver skull that consumes most of the face. Every punk rock princess needs a good skull to complete her look.

Ice Watch Unisex Chrono – black/red sili big Chronograph (£142.50)

Ice Watch Chrono

Ice Watch offers an androgynous watch which juxtaposes a chunky red strap with an ebony face and bezel. The masculine appearance of the timepiece is somewhat toned down by the vibrancy of its facade, however the technical appearance of all the miniature faces and dials could see you keeping this present for yourself if you’re not careful!

So there you have it, a life saving list of the best watches in town. Hopefully, with a little luck, following this advice will ensure you have a very merry Christmas indeed.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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