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1. Swatch Rose Gold Bracelet, £85.50
Whilst synonymous with funky plastic watches, Swatch can also do grown-up glamour – as evidenced by this elegant rose gold piece with a mesh bracelet and slimline minimalist face. The reliable Swiss quartz movement and 30m water resistance make this watch as practical as it is pretty and the hook-buckle closure keeps it secure. Overall, it's a neutral yet stylish watch that can easily be dressed up or down – ideal if you'd like to invest in one classic piece.
“I’d always opt for Swatch. They come in lots of different styles and don't cost the Earth. I've had mine about 10 years and it's still going strong.”
2. Tag Heuer Women’s Silver-Tone Watch, £1198.55
This elegant, silver watch from luxury Swiss watchmakers, Tag Heuer, is a timeless piece that’s made from the highest quality materials. The bracelet and case are crafted from a resilient stainless steel, while the delicate mother-of-pearl face is protected by sapphire crystal – the most scratch-resistant material available. Mumsnetters love the after-care available from Tag Heuer, which offers you complete piece of mind after a pretty hefty investment.
“I would definitely recommend Tag Heuer. They're expensive but very, very, very good watches – plus their after sales and repairs centres are very good.”
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3. Casio Collection Women’s Watch, £19.80
A retro classic, this stainless steel Casio watch is fashionable and functional. With a digital face, stopwatch function, calendar and alarm, Mumsnetters love its practicality. The stainless steel band makes this watch durable and resilient; it's also water-resistant so you needn’t worry about having to remove it all the time.
“I wear a Casio with the kids because it is tough, cheap, and has useful things like a night light, stop watch and alarm.”
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4. Longines Women’s Leather Strap Watch, £810
An understated classic, this leather strap watch from famous Swiss watchmakers, Longines, doesn't come cheap, but it should be a faithful companion for decades to come. The textured strap is complemented by the simple stainless steel dial, and the white face – complete with chic Roman numerals and date window – is protected by sapphire crystal glass.
“I love my Longines. I’ve had it for about 10 years and it still looks brand new and lovely.”
“My parents bought me a Longines watch. I do really love it and it's one of my favourite possessions.”
5. Michael Kors Smartwatch, £237.55
Michael Kors watches are known for their statement, sparkly style and this watch is no exception. However, it also has lots of nifty smartwatch features. The touchscreen face is dotted with diamanté (diamantés?) and can tell you much more than the time, letting you keep an eye on your step count, emails, social media notifications and texts even if your phone is buried deep in your bag. The rose gold bracelet is pretty and durable, perfectly combining function with fashion.
“I love my Michael Kors watch. I’ve had for about four years now and it’s still going strong.”
“Nothing wrong with a bit of sparkle! Michael Kors is the way to go as there’s lots of choice on the level of sparkle.”
6. Citizen EcoDrive Women’s Watch, £199
This sophisticated, stainless steel watch from Citizen has a silver bracelet and subtle Swarovski crystal detailing that stands out against the chic black dial. The face is protected by edge to edge mineral glass so you'd have to work very hard to smash it. From Citizen's Eco Drive range, Mumsnetters love that this Citizen watch is solar-powered, meaning no more batteries!
“I was given a stunning Citizen Eco Drive watch. It is a solar-powered, very long-lasting and attractive watch.”
7. Gucci G-Frame Watch, £870
If you're after something more high fashion, this Gucci watch ticks all the boxes. The mesh bracelet complements the retro, striped face and gold detailing, while the slim design and oblong shape keep it sophisticated and elegant. The movement of the watch is Swiss-made so you can rest assured that this Gucci watch is reliable as well as fashionable.
“I have a Gucci watch with an oblong face and I love it. Great deal of sentimental value and I really like how it looks – it’s the quickest way for me to feel 'well turned out' when I leave the house.”
8. Seiko Women’s Quartz Watch, £76.50
If you’re looking for a no-fuss, reliable timepiece that’s still stylish, look no further than this Seiko watch. With a black leather strap and white analogue display, it is clean, simple and classic. As this watch is solar-powered, you don’t need to worry about the batteries running low – just pop it in a sunny spot for three minutes to gain a 24-hour charge.
“You can’t go wrong with a Seiko watch. They’re reliable and get the job done.”
9. Olivia Burton 3D Daisy Watch, £155
Olivia Burton watches are known for their elegant yet quirky designs. This watch has an ion-plated, stainless steel bracelet with a delicate 3D flower that sits underneath a dial with gold hands. It's also surprisingly practical, with a scratch-resistant case and reliable quartz movement – it’s even water resistant up to 10m.
“I love my Olivia Burton watch – I've had it about 18 months now and I've worn it pretty much every day.”
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