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What to Consider When Shopping For a Women’s Watch

Shopping for a watch, especially when it’s for someone else, is no easy task. You need to take various things into consideration to ensure that the watch fits their style, personality, and overall lifestyle. If the receiver works as a nurse or is active either in or outside of work, you wouldn’t get the same watch as if they worked in a more formal, business environment. Then there are more specific features of the watch to look for as well. It can be challenging, but if you know the receiver well, which we hope you do if you’re planning on buying them a watch, and with the right considerations and the right jewelry store, you’ll be sure to find an amazing piece.

At Loucri Jewelers, we want everyone to love the accessories they wear, whether they bought it themselves or it was a gift. When you work with us, we’ll be sure to help you find a piece that fits the wearer’s lifestyle. We strive to be more than just a jewelry store, providing personalized service and a wide range of designer watches, engagement rings, gemstones, and so much more. We’ll work with you to help you find the exact watch that you have in mind.

Match the Lifestyle

Generally, there are watches that tend to be more casual, and watches that are more formal. Most watches do have some overlap, however. As we mentioned above, it’s essential to find a watch that works well for many different occasions, from work to parties or even more formal events. An elegant, designer watch with diamond studs could be worn to a nice dinner or to business meetings, but would be maybe too sophisticated for a girls’ night out. A more casual, informal watch could still be worn to work everyday and for running errands on the weekends, but may not be dressy enough to wear to a wedding. Consider what type of events the receiver goes to, what types of activities they like to do, and what their work environment is like — this information can steer you in the right direction and is a great place to start.

Consider Materials

From the watch case (the piece that surrounds the face) to the band, materials play a significant role in the overall look and formality of the watch. Many casual watches will have a simple stainless-steel case and a faux leather band to help increase the watch’s versatility and durability. However, these materials often don’t lend themselves to certain situations that may require more classy, high-end materials. Designer watches often use gold or silver, creating a more sophisticated and elegant look that can be worn to more formal occasions. 

The Band

Which material is best for the band, or strap, whether it’s genuine leather or metal, is often determined by the wearer’s style and whether they prefer more organic, softer materials, or something more durable or scratch-resistant. Whichever material you choose, also consider the color and type. There are a variety of metals, including gold, titanium, silver, rose gold, or even a mix of metals. The shade of leather is also an important consideration. However, both leather and metal need to be well-maintained in order to preserve the look and quality of the watch. If you choose a metal band, there are various designs, including various arrangements of links to different styles of mesh. 

The Crystal

Many designer watches feature crystals or stones, such as diamonds, that are embedded into the watch case. High-end watches with diamond studs create an incredibly sophisticated and luxurious appearance. If you’re looking for a watch with a channel of diamonds, you will also want to consider the quality of the stone. Whether the watch case is gold, silver, or stainless steel, diamonds and crystals look amazing and create an upscale watch that can be worn in a variety of situations.

Case Size and Shape

The size of the case can vary greatly depending on the overall look of the watch. Women’s watches are often 34mm or smaller. However, for more casual or sporty watches, the case may be up to 60mm. The shape of the case is also something to consider, including circular, oval, square, and rectangular. Keep in mind that a square or rectangular shaped case may also have rounded corners, giving the watch a balance of masculine and feminine features. Cases that are larger tend to create statement pieces; thin, rectangular watches are more old fashioned; and circular cases are classic and iconic, so you can’t go wrong with a circular case. 

The Face

Also known as the dial, the face of the watch includes the hands, markings to show the hours, minutes, and seconds, as well as any features, or complications (moon phases, the date, etc). The size and shape of the hands may not be something the average person pays attention to, but can greatly impact the overall look of the watch. The design of the markings that show the hours, minutes, and seconds can vary from watch to watch. One watch may use Roman numerals, another may use lines of various lengths, and others use the numbers themselves. In addition, some watches may only have a 12 at the top and the remaining hours are shown with lines. The features and design of the watch face is often a personal preference, which can make it difficult if you’re shopping for someone else. In that case, it may be best to stick with a classic and easy to read face, unless you know for certain what the wearer would be comfortable with.

The Brand

There are dozens of designer watch brands that all vary in quality and price. Chanel watches are incredibly popular and offer a wide selection; Cartier watches are a well-known high-end brand that makes incredibly intricate watches; and Rolex is one of the most recognizable designer watches, creating pieces that are known for their craftsmanship. When you shop designer watches, however, be careful to avoid fakes. 

There’s a lot to consider when shopping for a women’s designer watch, but when you work with the experts at Loucri Jewelers, you can be sure to get a personalized experience. We have years of experience in the industry and we provide service to the Greenvale, NY, area as well as to clients around the world. We pride ourselves on providing customers with a wide range of beautiful watches that anyone would love to show off. Whether you’re looking for a sporty look, a formal watch, or one that is versatile, you’ll find it at Loucri Jewelers. Visit us today and start shopping for a designer watch that will impress.