For whatever reason (maybe it is because Patrick, John and I are all guys?) we don’t cover a lot of women’s watches here on WWR. For my part, I see a fair number of watches that would qualify as unisex, and most of the women I know (including my wife) tend prefer larger watches, not 50mm big, but at least around 40mm. But if you want something smaller, and with some high end materials (and a high end price tag), then the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase might be the ticket (Christmas is just around the corner…). The watch comes in six versions, all 30mm with a petite 7.7mm profile. To get that size, they use an in-house quartz movement with a moonphase complication (I am not going to make any sort of a joke about this complication. Nope, not going to do it.). The watch features a variety of luxury materials, including a mother of pearl dial and diamonds for the1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11:00 hours across the six versions of the watch. There are also options for a leather strap or case-matching bracelet with your choice of a stainless steel case, a gold plated stainless case, or stainless case with a diamond bezel. The watch is rated to 3 ATM, so be careful around water if you want to wear this with a “trash the dress” photo shoot.
I think the watch is attractive and readable, and while mother of pearl is overused in my opinion to dress up a woman’s watch, there are people who will like it a lot, along with the diamonds or the gold plating. At a little over $1,000 to a little under $3,000, depending on the options, it is certainly not inexpensive, but it is not overly expensive either. It is not my wife’s style, but I could see it an an anniversary or birthday gift for the right special woman in your life, or as a treat for yourself if you are woman reading this review.
- Brand & Model: Fredrique Constant Slimline Moonphase
- Price: $1,150 to $2,895
- Who we think it might be for: A lady in need of a nice dress watch.
- Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: It isn’t my wife’s style.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Not every lady’s watch needs a mother of pearl dial.
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: The moonphase complication.