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A Women's Perspective on Watches

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A Woman’s Step into the Watch World... So, a little backstory...I started working for Everest a couple months ago. Before that, I had never stepped foot into the watch world; I didn’t even know what “horology” meant actually (even as an English major). I wore a digital Vivofit by Garmin - gasp! Although, I have nothing against digital sport watches because I love them, but I am beginning to understand the enthusiasm for wound watches.

While I have always loved wearing a watch (feeling naked without one), I’m beginning to understand a watch is more than a timepiece. While wristwatches were originally worn by women and men carried their pocket watches everywhere, it seems most watches are designed with men in mind unless you add diamonds and bright colors - oh, and make it smaller, daintier. But, what women now want is larger watch cases with great movements. This new era has brought the bold designs to make a statement and the respect for luxurious quality.

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A statement piece, a dream, an expression...A ladies watch needs to be such a beautiful, timeless beauty, an extension of the woman herself. What we wear on our wrists describe our personality: sporty, feminine, classic, bold. A watch strengthens and accents a woman’s desired look, but it also needs to be adaptable depending on what we wear day to day, especially with festivities around the corner.

Whether we’re business women running from meeting to meeting, or a mom shopping for groceries, we need a watch that can dress up a little black dress or wear running around the stores. We want the freedom to be anything and everything. But most importantly, we need to LOVE our watches, and we do love what flourishes our spirit!

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Women who love their watches: Ana Maria Pimentel, accessories director at Neiman Marcus  chose a 1954 Rolex Oyster over an engagement ring. Jennifer Aniston can be seen sporting her Rolex Gold President everywhere. Victoria Beckham has sported the Yachtmaster and the Daytona Cosmograph, and Jennifer Garner strolls around with her Lady Datejust. Reese Witherspoon wears a day-date president watch. Ellen’s got her Daytona.

But my favorite famous woman in relation to Rolex, Mercedes Gleitze (as I’m a little bit of a history admirer). In 1927, she was the third woman to successfully swim the English Channel in fifteen hours and fifteen minutes, but with each stroke, she sported a Rolex Oyster watch. She called it a “reliable and accurate timekeeping companion even though it was subjected to complete immersion for hours in sea water at a temp of not more than 58 and often as low as 51.” Such a watch speaks for itself.

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I’ve been able to try on multiple Rolexes here at Everest with the Oyster bracelets and while the bracelets are fabulous, they can be a little heavy. Though I haven’t picked my favorite watch yet (there is so much to consider), I am definitely setting aside the funds to find that perfect match.

Whether you’re a woman trying to step foot into a man’s watch world, or a man trying to introduce your woman to the watch world, Christmas is around the corner! And, what better way to treat yourself or your loved one than purchasing that new watch and new Everest watch strap to go with it (I bet Gleitze would have appreciated the rubber straps).

 

-Aleta Saeger

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