by Dana Li
As a woman interested in watches, I’ve come to realize how there's little representation of women wearing larger watches. While social media has begun to change this, I still meet women who sometimes hesitate to wear a larger watch, even if they like the look, because they’re not sure if it’d work for their wrist. I myself have also received the occasional comments from strangers who tell me that larger watches aren’t suited for women and that my wrist is too small to wear anything larger than a 33mm.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to be limited to the traditional definition for a "woman's watch" and that large watches can most definitely work for you if you have small wrists. In fact, here are 5 watches from the upcoming Sotheby’s Important and Fine Watches auctions in NYC that prove women can rock bold pieces larger than the typical 27-33mm sizes you see in women's collections.
Richard Mille RM011 Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary
A watch that’s sure to get you feeling like a boss, this Richard Mille RM011 Felipe Massa 10th Anniversary will easily make a statement on any wrist. The first RM011 was introduced in 2007 and inspired by F1 driver Felipe Massa, who has a long-standing partnership with the brand. This particular edition was made in a limited run of 100 pieces to commemorate the RM011's 10th anniversary. The watch features an annual calendar flyback chronograph and a carbon and titanium case, making it super lightweight despite its hefty appearance.
Aventi Wraith A15-01
The new Aventi Wraith A15-01 is all about avant-garde watchmaking. Aventi is a newer Swiss brand that embodies innovative watchmaking, from its production process to its designs. Released a few months ago, the Wraith A15-01 showcases Aventi’s unique developments with its trademarked Paraiba blue SaphiteTM case, hand finished GT-01S tourbillon movement, and sapphire crystal hands. If you don’t mind stacking your watches and jewelry, pairing this watch with some diamond tennis bracelets will surely emphasize the watch's crystal-like look for a wrist game that’s hard to rival.
1969 Rolex 6264 “Paul Newman Lemon” Daytona
Nothing says bold like a gold sports watch but this is THE gold sports watch. Vintage “Paul Newman” Daytonas are already highly sought after but this yellow gold piece with the affectionately-named “lemon” dial is truly a rare gem. What’s even more special about the watch is its provenance. This Daytona was previously owned by a prominent international diplomat and is being offered by the original owner's family.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Ref. 25820ST "Yves Klein"
One of my personal favorites, this eye-catching Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has the striking Yves Klein dial (nicknamed after its similarity to Yves Klein’s signature sapphire blue), along with AP’s famed Caliber 2120 movement and a perpetual calendar complication with moon phases. Throughout its history, the Royal Oak has been known to challenge convention through its design and horological achievements. Even though the modern Royal Oak has evolved past its roots as a “if you know, you know” watch, this vintage piece definitely still maintains a low key-cool vibe.
Patek Philippe Grand Complication Ref. 5970
A Patek Philippe Grand Complication is the ultimate dress piece and this platinum ref. 5970 a literal and figurative heavy hitter. This is the watch to wear as a grail-worthy milestone piece best complemented with a power suit. The reference 5970 has the perfect mix of vintage and modern elements, borrowing details from the notable 1518 and 2499 references. As a bonus, this watch also comes with the highly sought after "Tiffany & Co." stamp on the dial.