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10 of the best oval watches for women

HighLifeChannel November 7, 2018

Finally a third choice re-enters the fray: the soft curves and elegant footprint of the oval. Here 10 makers, from the highest horologists to more design-driven brands, showcase why the oval is in vogue once more.

Cartier Baignoire Debordante

Yellow gold, diamond, sapphire and ruby Cartier Libre, £POA, Cartier

Never wanting to play it safe, this year has seen Cartier take the oval and distort it in several watches, all under the umbrella of the Libre collection. From a Dali-esque new iteration of the Crash (it actually looks like it’s melting) to the pretty Baignoire Debordante with its pierced openwork, Cartier has every base covered.

Raymond Weil Oval Shine

Raymond Weil Oval Shine


Raymond Weil ups the ante on its ladies’ offering with the Shine 1700. Opt for the version with Roman numerals and a sprinkling of diamonds on the lugs. The strap is designed to be interchangeable so you can switch out the leather for a bracelet at the blink of an eye.

Chopard Happy Sport

chopard happy sport oval


Celebrate 25 years of the Happy Sport concept  (diamonds that whizz around under the glass) with the Happy Sport Oval. The pink gold version on the glossy royal blue strap is particularly smart, not forgetting those seven gemstones and an automatic movement.

Frederique Constant Art Deco

frederique constant art deco


With a gorgeous dark blue sunray dial, this oval timepiece from Frederique Constant won’t win any awards for design innovation – which is sort of its point; it’s a classic watch to keep, and wear, forever.

De Grisogono Cascata

de grisogono cascata


The Cascata by De Grisogono is the perfect showcase for the jeweller’s gem-setting expertise. The workshops spent over 100 hours re-cutting all 72 emeralds that cover the bezel in this version with a total carat weight of over 30. As jewellery watches go, this green time-telling jewel is right up there.

Longines Symphonette

longines symphonette


Longines was ahead of the curve when it launched the Symphonette in 2015. The latest version, introduced last year, sees the shape combined with that other slow-burn of a trend: bi-colour metal.

Piaget Extremely Lady

piaget extremely lady

The Piaget Extremely Lady is one of the watch world’s most successful re-iterations of a vintage shape and vibe – in this case from the 1960s. This year new bracelets in different textured gold have launched, but it’s still the hard stone oval dials that prove the most mesmerising.

Breguet Reine de Naples

breguet reine de naples

This watch is a beauty. Named after one of Breguet’s most esteemed clients, Caroline Murat (later the Queen of Naples), she amassed 34 of Breguet’s clocks and watches in her lifetime. If you’re in line for just one, make it this.

Tiffany & Co 2-Hand

Tiffany & Co 2-Hand oval watch

Classic and pretty with an impressive bezel of diamonds (note how they are gently graduated in size as they curve around the oval), this is Tiffany at its wearable best.

Bulgari Serpenti

bulgari serpenti watch

This isn’t strictly an oval in its purest sense, but it is close enough, and too iconic to ignore. This year Bulgari riffs even more on the Serpenti classic with various options, like this version with a metallic leather wrap around strap.


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