Baselworld 2014: new everyday women’s watches

Maria Doulton gives her view on which women's watches presented at this week's Baselworld 2014 will serve as the perfect everyday wardrobe staples.

Hermès Faubourg watch featuring a diamond bezel.

With Baselworld 2014, the biggest watch and jewellery show of the year, starting this week, we take a look at practical women's watches you can expect to see coming into stores later this year.

While we love to talk about beautiful jewellery watches and complicated mechanisms, the truth is that these trusty everyday allies are a staple of our wardrobes.

So if you want to know all that is new for stylish, day-in day-out wear, take a look at our selection of what we think will be big for women's watches in the coming year.

Hermès has a special knack for combining practicality with elegance, and the new Hermès Faubourg ladies' watch doesn't disappoint.  Petite, discreet and happy to take to the pavements, the Faubourg signals a new direction for smaller women's watches.

The seemingly unstoppable success of the Chanel J12 continues with the Chanel J12 Blue Light, with white ceramic and powder blue dial details for a clean, crisp look. The automatic movement, which will go on and on for decades to come, is housed in an ultra-robust, high-tech ceramic case that won't scratch or suffer from any knocks thrown its way. And all this with the allure of Chanel's enviable house style.

Omega has been busy developing its women's watch range, and new for this year is the Omega Constellation Pluma, which combines a blue mother-of-pearl engraved dial set with diamonds and a robust stainless-steel case with a practical smooth link bracelet. The highly reliable and precise Co-Axial chronometer movement means that this watch will remain a lifelong companion.

And for a no-nonsense women's watch, look no further than TAG Heuer's new Aquaracer, with a solid stainless steel construction and water resistance to an impressive 300m. This is the sort of watch that, once on the wrist, is likely to stay there for years to come and become an integral part of your look whether you are swimming laps, dashing to work or relaxing at the weekend.

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