Despite the time being readily available wherever you look – on your phone, on your computer, on your wall clock – most of us feel naked and incomplete without a watch on our wrist.Whether you have one watch that you wear faithfully every day, or have a few timepieces that you change according to your mood and outfit, we find wearing a watch is an essential part of getting dressed in the morning.We went on the hunt to find the very best designer watches for women, making sure to keep the prices down – everything on this list is under £300, and many are under £100 – and included watches from well known designers as well as up-and-coming brands.
For a statement womens designer watches that’s simultaneously eye-catching and low maintenance, we love British brand Newgate’s The Corgi silicone retro watch. The vintage-inspired timepiece harks back to a different time with its retro dial, but is brought very much into the 21st century thanks to its super comfortable silicone strap. The watch is water resistant up to 50 metres and is also unisex: our tester noticed her husband eyeing it up on her very first wear.
Small womens designer watches are all the rage at the moment, and when they look this good, it’s easy to see why. Berlin-based brand Lilienthal Berlin’s L1 “All Black” mesh edition is pleasingly large on the wrist for a real statement look, although there’s a smaller size to choose if you prefer a smaller watch. The achingly hip watch is full of cool features, from the glow in the dark hands and digits to the fact it’s waterproof to 50 metres.