Isn’t it true that women should only wear watches with faces smaller than 36mm? That advice was fairly standard not long ago, but as we approach the 2020s, more and more women are challenging that tired convention.

If you decide to go big, it’s critical to understand the distinction between wearing a large watch and wearing a large watch well. The key to success is to select a watch that complements your personality and fits in with your natural surroundings. With that in mind, we created this guide to assist you in becoming more knowledgeable.

Watches for Men vs. Watches for Women

One of the primary distinctions between men’s and women’s watches is size. Historically, women’s watches had (almost) all had faces smaller than 36mm, whereas most men’s watches had faces in the 36-40mm range. In fact, the average women’s watch was designed to have a slimmer overall aesthetic, with a thinner, less chunky strap – resulting in a dainty watch that weighed far less than gent’s varieties.

So, is it possible for a woman to wear a 40mm watch?

The words ‘can’ and’should’ are very different… Is it possible for a woman to wear a 40mm watch? Without a doubt. Shouldn’t she? That is entirely a matter of personal preference – but why not give it a shot?

Some women instinctively believe that a smaller, lighter-weight watch (a classic “woman’s watch”) is more elegant, giving the illusion of slim wrists. In fact, it’s debatable how well this works; if your wrists are larger, placing a small watch against them can sometimes accentuate this.

Wearing a larger watch is a more daring choice: one that defies a long-held social norm and makes more of a statement. Even if you ignore the fact that you’re doing something a little ‘out of the ordinary,’ large-face watches simply have a bigger visual impact.

Four of the Most Beautiful Large-Faced Women’s Watches

So you’re on board with the idea of wearing a large-faced watch, right? That’s great, but selecting the right watch is essential for nailing the on-trend, emancipated-woman look… Let’s wrap up the show by contrasting four approaches:

Toe in the Water

hublot big bang tutti frutti

If the thought of wearing a large-faced watch makes you nervous, you might want to start with a cautious toe in the water. This Rolex Datejust for women could be ideal for you. With a 36mm dial, you could consider it a ‘entry-level’ large-face watch, but the combination of diamonds and rose gold keeps it distinctly feminine.

Go for broke – or go home!

The Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti was designed for women who don’t take life too seriously! Despite its impressive 41mm case size, it manages to be decidedly feminine, with a pink alligator-leather bracelet and ring of pink sapphires.

Boardroom Elegance

custom diamond patek philippe nautilus 5711

This 36mm Cartier Ballon Bleu is far more understated. If you appreciate understated elegance, this is the watch for you. The combination of a stainless steel bracelet and domed bezel with a silver dial creates an understated harmony. This is the type of watch that will demonstrate your credentials without overshadowing your boss.

Perfection in Iced-Out Form

Of course, if you are the #femaleboss, you can take the lead without worrying about who you will upstage. This Patek Philippe Nautilus is dripping with diamonds, and at 40mm in diameter, it’s a serious statement piece…

It’s ideal for any woman who believes that too much is never enough!

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