It's almost Christmas and you may still pondering your list of Christmas gift ideas for women in your attempt to find a present that will really impress her. Well The Jewellery Editor team is here to help and we've put together a selection of our favourite watches for her, all priced under £5,000, that all have something very special going for them.
America's king of casual elegance, Ralph Lauren, started making watches a couple of years ago and the results are fantastic. Faithful to the refined world of polo, the Stirrup watch has been resized in a Petite model for women (£4,250). The gorgeous chain link bracelet and snow-set diamond bezel give the watch a strong jewellery appeal, very in keeping with the timeless sophistication of Ralph Lauren's universe.
The Liens watch by Chaumet, the French jeweller's latest watch for women, is the epitome of Parisian chic. Confident and stylish, the round case is embraced by an elliptical exterior frame creating a singular architectural feel. The stainless steel case is enhanced with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel, and the white dial, like a beautifully starched white shirt, features vertical pleats in the centre (£4,650).
Dior's La Mini D de Dior watch is a tempting candidate for Christmas gift ideas for women (£2,900). The inky black mother-of-pearl dial on this ultra-petite jewellery watch is set alight with diamonds on thue bezel and crown, and the fun fluoro pink strap adds a very contemporary touch.
A classic design is the Hermès Cape Cod watch in stainless steel, with a barrel-shaped case. Hermès fans will recognise how the lugs are inspired by the characteristic Chaîne d'Ancre - anchor chain - bracelet and the vintage feel that the curved numerals add to the watch. The interchangeable double strap comes in a vibrant variety of colours, although we are particularly fond of this classic Hermès orange strap, which wraps twice around the wrist (£1,800).
For sportier types, we love the nautical spirit of the Louis Vuitton Tambour Lovely Cup Chronograph watch (£2,880). The pushers on the side of the case activate the chronograph functions measuring elapsed time in minutes, seconds and 1/10th of a second. Other sporty features include water resistance to 100 metres, luminescent hands and indices and the nautical insignia on the dial. But it is unquestionably a ladies' watch with its lovely mother-of-pearl dial and the hallmark Louis Vuitton monogram pattern on the white rubber strap.