“The design of wristwatch was born for women” whether it was the first appearance or its historical development, the existence of the wristwatch always shows its distinctive female charisma.
If we trace the origin of the first wristwatch, one of the most intriguing stories happened in 1806. To please Empress Josephine, Napoleon ordered his brilliant craftsmen to create a small “clock” that could be worn on the wrist like a bracelet. Thus became the birth of the world’s first wristwatch.
Let us take you back to the 17th century when the pocket watch became the most popular fashion accessory. While pocket watches were often found in the weskit pocket of western noble gentlemen, ladies were always tricky to “wear time” at that period due to their “fewer pocket outfits”. Only until the very first wristwatch was born did it give the ladies a chance to get used to wearing wristwatches. If we compare the pocket watch as a symbol of the social status of men, then the wristwatch would be seen as the unique decoration of ladies.
When the July Revolution ended, soon there was a style change in women’s wearing. They started to dress in romantic style, which included tight corsets and elegant bell skirts to lift their waistline. Wristwatch at that time enabled to complement the style and emphasized feminine glamour.
At the end of the 19th century, wristwatches began to be admired by women in the cultural circle. Madame Récamier, an impressive lady who was renowned in the French upper class for her beauty, wisdom and the incredible salons she held, which were frequented by the litterateur and politicians of the time.
Once wristwatches were more meaningful, the simple designs could not satisfy influential women anymore. More sophisticated materials and techniques were used to create a wristwatch, such as noble metals, precious gemstones, and enamel paintings. The value and cultural meaning made the wristwatch more than just an accessory but a modern work of art to show their high taste.
Later the time came when famous Hollywood actresses were leading the trend. The most prestigious actresses like, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo wore wristwatches on many important occasions. More than just feminine glamour, they added a sense of inner strength which gave them a special glow in their look.
Throughout history, the contribution of exceptional women in the lustrous design and the wristwatch’s significant meaning cannot be neglected. Today at Lola Rose, we hope to continue the progress by making our wristwatches become an essential fashion companion for women. That said, we will explore more possibilities to express female beauty in our designs using different gemstones. We believe a wristwatch will become your self-expression choice and allow you to shine with your unique color.