There are men’s watches and women’s watches. And there also are unisex watches. The concept has been around for years now. Different from the past when wristwatches were the woman’s jewelry and pocket watches were the man’s choice. This unwritten rule was meant to be broken before WW1. At the time, army leaders required watches that army members (men) could wear with ease. Timekeeping had a massive importance a century ago as a watch was the only tool to tell the time, understandably. And officers, as well as other army leaders, needed watches to combine attacks at an exactly given time.
In terms of today, a unisex watch has more to do about the design than its functionality. The size of the watch plays an important role in identifying a ‘watch’s gender’. This comes from the fact that a woman’s wrist tends to be smaller than a man’s. However, it is more about personal style and taste as there are men who feel comfortable wearing a 34mm watch as there are also women who love wearing large watches. And with the passing of time, more and more watch brands have started to eliminate the labels “women’s” and “men’s” to embrace the concept of unisex watches.
Without further ado, below you will see 8 unisex watches from Watches and Wonders 2021. Taking a look at them will help you and us finally understand how a unisex watch looks like.
Cartier Tank Must
Since its first release in 1917, Cartier Tank has become the brand’s most iconic and most sold model. It drives inspiration from a genuine World War 1 tank, the Renault FT-17 to be more precise. Throughout the years, the watch has been worn by many world’s public figures including Diana, the Princess of Wales, and Muhammad Ali, the iconic champion. As for the Tank Must, the watch collection features dials with vivid colors that will certainly start up a conversation.
You can choose from blue, green, and burgundy. The watch comes with a quartz movement fitted in a stainless steel case. Every model from the Cartier Tank Must comes with a matching alligator strap. It is the watch to go if you are looking for something special that can adorn your wrist with class. Price the last time I checked: $3.400
Oris Divers Sixty-Five ‘Cotton Candy’
If you are wondering why Oris keeps preserving its prestige among the altar of Swiss best-watches is due to these distinguishable designs. The new Oris Cotton Candy Divers Sixty-Five features an all-bronze case, crown, and bezel. The wise choice of bronze, will with the passing of time, make your watch have a new and unique look by patinating. Courtesy of oxidation, the charmingly natural process that time has on bronze.
As for the case size, the 38mm case is intentionally unisex, allowing watch lovers of both genders to enjoy the beauty of this watch. And with colors like sky blue, lipstick pink, or wild green, the excitement that the watch passes on the wearer is even bigger. As for its functionality, from the domed sapphire crystal glass, you can catch a glimpse of the SuperLuminova watch hands and applied indices. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters (10 bar) and it runs thanks to Oris caliber 733, a modified Sellita SW 200-1 movement. Price the last time I checked: $2.400
Patek Philippe Calatrava Volutes and Arabesques
A new line of timekeeping tools is added to the Patek Philippe Calatrava legendary collection. The watch we picked, Volutes and Arabesques, features a black enamel dial with a hand-engraved 18K gold plate. The 38mm case of the watch is made out of platinum and a black alligator strap keeps the timepiece attached to your wrist. As for its source of energy, the watch runs in an ultra-thin self-winding movement caliber 240 with a minimum of 48 hours of power reserve. With the hypnotizing hand-crafted arabesques you can clearly forget about the main function of the watch: timekeeping. The price of PATEK PHILIPPE CALATRAVA Volutes and Arabesques is on request, however, it is currently being sold on sites such as Chrono24 for a whopping $110.000.
Arnold & Son Luna Magna
Reminding you this article is still focused on unisex watches. Released in Watches and Wonders 2021, the new Luna Magna from Arnold & Son is a timepiece that few can wear. It belongs to a limited edition of 28 pieces and by the time you will have read this article it would probably be gone.
The 44mm 18 karat red gold case houses an extraterrestrial dial that embodies a clear sky full of glowing stars. Two parallel subdials display the functions of the timepiece. Above you can keep track of time and below you will see the astronomical three-dimensional moonphase function. The watch retails for $48.000 and at this price point and with such dramatic appeal, it doesn’t matter if the one who is wearing it is a man, a woman, or an alien.
L.U.Chopard Quattro Spirit 25
Minimalism is timeless and so is the design of the newest watch released from Chopard. If you too have a weak spot about minimalist watches, the L.U.C. QUATTRO SPIRIT 25 is worth considering. Created as a tribute to celebrate the Chopard’s anniversary of manufacture, this 40mm timepiece is limited to 100 pieces only and it is what watches are all about – Beautiful designs and exceptional complications.
It comes in an 18K rose gold case finished with a hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap. The jumping hour, a rare complication that you don’t see a lot in modern watches, is a visually effective and minimalist way of timekeeping. What’s more, the watch contains a supreme movement with caliber L.U.C 98.06-L that delivers a whopping 190 hours of power reserve. Price the last time I checked: $44.700
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1300A-001
Everything is beautiful with the new Patek Philippe Nautilus. Many from the watch lovers community consider it as their “Holy Grail watch” and not without reason. The new Nautilus 5711/1300A-001 features a fashionable baguette-diamond bezel that fits perfectly in the 40mm stainless steel case and bracelet. The watch is finished in perfection and once again the Swiss manufacturer proved why they are regarded as one of the best watch houses in the world. Price the last time I checked: $35.000 and growing.
Even for the least watch enthusiasts, Rolex needs no introduction. The Swiss watch manufacturer is obsessed with mastering the extremes and this time they marketed their new Rolex Explorer as a watch that can endure as much as you can. It was tested to the extremes of real-life to eventually make it suitable for the modern explorer. The 36mm new Explorer in yellow gold and Oystersteel features a beautiful black lacquer dial that you will love. Its hands, indexes, and numerals are treated with a Chromalight luminous substance that lights up blue for optimal legibility in any situation. As for the movement, the watch contains caliber 3230 with an accuracy rating of -2/+2 sec/day and 70 hours of power reserve. Price the last time I checked: $11.000.
Zenith Defy 21 Spectrum
The new Defy 21 Spectrum from Zenith is a skeleton dial watch that would fit perfectly on a man’s wrist and on a woman’s wrist too. However, the 44mm case is actually intended for relatively sizable wrists. If the latter doesn’t matter, women: you are good to go. You can wear the watch if you are going to pass on the red carpet tomorrow evening or when you are having a beer with friends.
Either way, its spectacularity won’t leave you disappointed. As seen in the image, the watch case comes with a whopping 288 brilliant-cut diamonds and another 44 baguette-cut precious stones. So, blue sapphires for the blue edition, orange sapphires for the orange edition, amethyst garnets for the purple edition, black spinels for the black edition, and tsavorites for the green edition.
All the gems are of the same size, color, and WS quality, as taken care of by Zenith craftsmen. In terms of accuracy, the watch’s chronograph has a speed of 360,000vph (while the average is 28.000) and times to 1/100th of a second. There you have it. A watch limited to 10 pieces per color and the world’s highest frequency chronograph in regular production. Price the last time I checked: $40.000
In Final Words
We hope you liked our recommendations for some of the best unisex watches released in Watches and Wonders 2021. Although these are mostly personal picks, they deserve the proper attention from both: men and women. It is true that some of the new watch releases mentioned above came with cases up to 44 mm and for most women that watch would definitely look oversized. As for the others, they deserve to be adorning the wrists of everyone.