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Classic luxury watches for women

As with the Chanel 2.55 handbag, these timepieces retain their classic appeal decades after they were first conceived.

Cartier Tank

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Introduced in 1917 and a favourite of the late Princess Diana and former First Lady Michelle Obama, the iconic angular watch face of the Cartier Tank went against the traditional circular silhouettes that were popular then. Now, the boxy watch is a cult favourite for its sophisticated and timeless design that transcends style eras. We especially love the clean silver dial paired against chunky black Roman numerals. The watch is finished with blue hands and a sleek blue sapphire crown — an intriguing and eye-catching choice that we totally approve.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

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Get two watches in one with this innovative design from Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Reverso was first launched in 1931, with a special swivel mechanism that allows the watch face to be flipped, to help polo players protect the watch during games. The innovative design is still present today. This chosen design features an understated, classic white dial with blue hands and black digits. But when flipped over, the watch face turns into a sophisticated and sleek design, with a black dial, a case studded with two rows of brilliant-cut diamonds and dauphine hands and hour-markers.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual

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Ask any watch collector and they’ll definitely have a Rolex in their collection. With its signature five-pronged crown, the Oyster Perpetual is as emblematic as it gets for the Swiss luxury watchmaker. Touting itself to be the first waterproof watch ever made, the brand uses a proprietary Oystersteel alloy that’s resistant to corrosion. We’ve got our hearts set on this olive green dial automatic timepiece (made with 18 carat gold) as it imparts a chic, contemporary vibe. Plus, green watches are very cool and under-rated.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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There are several features that make the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak so well-loved — its distinctive octagonal bezel set with exposed screws and the brand’s “Grande Tapisserie” dial are but just some of them. This design also juxtaposes cool-toned stainless steel with feminine 18 carat pink gold to create a truly outstanding design that deserves to be shown off. Plus, this chunky timepiece is also an automatic watch, so you can slip it on and go without worrying about winding it or ever running out of battery.

Chopard Happy Diamonds

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Created for the free-spirited woman, Chopard Happy Diamonds features a feminine circle silhouette set against a sleek 18k rose gold construction. But what makes this timepiece really special, is the seven free moving diamonds between the transparent watch dial and case that dance as you move your hands. Truly a work of art.

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