As early as the sixteenth century, the women of the nobility displayed, as men equaled, richly worked watches. Worn in salvation or chained to a belt (or both), this jewel that gives the hour incarnates, through its rarity and utility, the social and intellectual prestige of its owner. And also sustains this individualism that appeared in the Renaissance.
The men did not adopt until after the First World War this port, which sticks so well to an era of sport and functionality. But, over the century, women will have to struggle against other a priori watchmakers to master their time and freedom.
With the force of the wrist
Little is known however, that the modern watch, namely bracelet, was born on the arm of women. And for a simple story of rag! In fact, under the Directory and the Empire, sleeveless dresses are the pretext for infinite variations around the bracelet, in which the hour is soon to be lodged. Enamelled, set with stones, the watches become the playground of the jewelers.
Today, it is the mechanical movements and other complications that make women and men dream.