While you were catching up on your weekend reading, the first ever dedicated ladies’ watch awards took place in London. The Eve’s Watch Awards are dedicated to the “celebration” of women’s watches and new innovations released each year within that category. As you are well aware I am sure, there are plenty of women’s watches to choose from (mostly quartz and diamond-encrusted) so the watches are judged mostly on design and aesthetics, which is incredibly important in my opinion. With the nominees we saw a lot of familiar faces and the winners came as no surprise to me. Here are a few noteworthy highlights.
Watch Of The Year: The Chanel Boy.Friend
I know that this may not have been the most popular watch with true watch nerds, but I happen to like the Chanel Boy.Friend. The design is clean, simple, classic, and most importantly wearable. It makes perfect sense to me that this won, and isn’t Chanel timepieces’ only success this year, as we also got the Monsieur de ChanelÂ earlier this year at Baselworld.
Brand Of The Year: Bulgari
Bulgari is one of the most recognizable jewelry brands in the world and it also makes some pretty sick watches. The Serpenti is downright iconic and Bulgari’s also making moves on the men’s side with the Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater. Furthermore, Bulgari has released a really insane tourbillon wristwatch for ladies, like the Incantanti Serpenti Tourbillon LumiÃ¨re Skeleton.
Best Design: Nomos Neomatik Champagner
Again, it is no surprise to me that this watch won for best design. Nomos lives and dies by its strict design guidelines and it shows in every watch that leaves the factory, including the Neomatik Champagner.Â This watch may not be a “ladies” watch by definition, but it certainly can be worn by both men and women.Â
However, this is where the cracks in this female-only award ceremony start to show. Don’t get me wrong, I 100% support women in the watch industry and I will be the first to acknowledge that the watch industry is still stuck back in the stone age when it comes to gender issues (I mean, women couldn’t even vote in Switzerland until 1971). But, I am not sure if creating a greater divide between women’s watches and men’s watches with a specific awards ceremony is the way to go about closing the gender gap in the industry. But that’s just me.Â
You can learn more about the Eve’s Awards here.Â