Omega Seamaster Replica Watches have a long tradition of making excellent ladies’ watches; something which their recent “Her Time” exhibition in Milan showcased marvellously. The exhibition at La Triennale di Milano, the city’s leading design museum, displayed 60 watches from Omega replica watches collection, creating a century-long timeline of the ladies’ watch from early Lépine pendants to the iconic Ladymatic and right up to the present day.
As shown in this stunning animation by illustrator Stephane Manel, the history of the ladies’ timepiece stretches back a little further than that; the first known wristwatch was possessed by Queen Elizabeth I, a gift from her favourite courtier Robert Dudley. It was described as a richly jewelled armlet “in the closing thearof a clocke”.
Early watches like hers, however, were not worn to tell the time; they could be inaccurate by up to several hours, and were effectively novel jewellery for the nobility. It would not be until the mid-17th century that the introduction of the balance spring would bring this margin of error down to a more practical ten minutes.
Still, the watch remained a popular accessory. For many years, the idea of the wristwatch was a peculiarity; originally, most watches were worn as pendants. Whilst the ladies’ watch remained so, the introduction of the gentleman’s waistcoat encouraged a new design; with smooth edges and a flattened shape to fit snugly into the pocket, the pocket watch became the predominant style.
Despite the existence of Elizabeth I’s watch, it’s often popularly stated that Caroline Murat, the Queen of Naples, had the first true wristwatch; designed in 1810 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, this was a thin, oval repeater watch set on a wristlet of hair and gold thread, which popularised the wristwatch amongst noble ladies.