Men and Watches vs Women and their Watches (Watch Snob)


Jun 21, 2009
Do men and women see watches completly differently?
Is it more of a fashion style thing for women and more of a pride and status thing for men? Would a woman never wear something like a Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon? and a man never wear something like a diamond filled Cartier?(unless they're a rapper)


I am a young professional. I would like to know why you did not talk about any Cartier watches. I do have some money, but not enough to buy a Patek. I was thinking about going to London this year and buying a rose or gray-gold Ballon Bleu Cartier watch on a leather bracelet. Since you did not talk about it, I take the movement is not developed in-house; however, is this snobby enough? Or at least, is this good enough?

My other option was a Louis Vuitton Cup watch. Am I kidding myself? Am I a wannabe?

Dear friend,

You may just be a wannabe. You’ve listed two timepieces that run into the thousands of dollars, and neither actually come from a watchmaking company. Richemont, who owns Cartier, lists the company not as a specialist watchmaking maison like it does with Jaeger-LeCoultre or IWC, but rather as a jewelry maison. Cartier does have a great history of watch design, and its Tank watch is nothing short of a classic. It’s just too bad it has ruined the line by using subpar movements, movements so bad no amount of history could redeem them. Cartier makes great jewelry for your wife; it doesn’t make great watches for you.

Louis Vuitton is even worse than Cartier. Neither of these two prestigious luxury brands means a thing in the watchmaking world -- forget them unless you’re looking for a diamond ring or a leather purse."


WatchSnob is really a great read for guys. It lets me pretend I'm a real snob when I read this.


Treat Yo Self!
I agree that women and men have different tastes in watches, which is not a bad thing. To prove this, most women's watches are quartz. The most popular Pateks for women are quartz and most woman's Cariter watches are quartz too. Men are concerned with mechanical watches with complications, even if they don't use them! This makes sense because men see watches like cars and like to look at all the parts and how they work.

I probably tend to have a more male perspective on watches because of my husband's influence. I have a lot of watches, like my Jaeger Reverso that most people probably think is a Timex because the name is not as popular as Cartier and Rolex and they tend to be somewhat plain.


Feb 4, 2006
United States
Interesting. My hubby will not wear a watch, while I wear a Rolex. I love the automatic movement and I use all the functions on my watch. I will splurge on fine utilitarian items that I use everyday like watches and bags because they are pieces that go everywhere with me!


Jan 23, 2007
I think it depends on who you're talking to... My fave watch is the new Lange 1 daymatic. I can't afford it, but I think it's gorgeous & i love the movement... If I was going for a luxe watch, i wouldn't want a quartz watch.


Gimme Gimme Gimme
Dec 2, 2008
Actually, LV outsources some pretty respectable movements. They just don't own their own movements. I'm talking about the $15k+ watches. I cannot think of the name right now off the top of my head, but my father is somewhat of a watch collector and was babbling about how he recognized it once he saw it. I don't know about the $4k ones.

My mother just received a new watch for Valentine's Day. She wanted a new watch and she did look at a Cartier only because she liked the look of it and she has always worn more unusual watches and wanted something more "iconic." In the end, my father refused to spend that kind of money on a quartz movement. She ended up getting a ladies' platinum Rolex yacht master (I'm pretty sure, it's the tier under the president) and she's really happy with it.