One of my mentors always says: “You’re not a girl, you’re a woman. Don’t buy into any of this #GirlsGuideTo_____ marketing.” Let’s face it, ‘The Woman’s Guide to Figuring Out the Best Watch To Buy For Her Husband” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? I digress. The real focus of this article is more on being a guide to buying a fine watch, as a newbie (I also happen to be a woman, in an otherwise man’s world of watches).
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When I was studying, one of my instructors always emphasised “remember, watches are a completely separate field [to jewellery] and we don’t even begin to scratch the surface during the instruction on gems and jewels. Further studies would be required.” I paraphrase yet that’s the summary. So I put that thought on the shelf…

Until I interviewed Nelia Bekker (Horologist) which was superb. She re-ignited my fondness for watches which initially started a few years ago. I’m the first to admit, I’m a newbie when it comes to fine watches. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed talking to watch dealers, watch collectors and watch specialists – they truly know their stuff. So rather than going to a generalist, go to a specialist when it comes to your first ever fine watch purchase, whether it is a gift or for yourself.

For technical, descriptive and beautifully written content, head to websites such as and In my (newbie) opinion, IWC is a good starter watch, the company is still based in Schaffhausen, where it was founded in 1868.

For more watch articles on The Carat Soup, check out:

By Appointment With… an interview with Roy Davidoff, vintage watch doyen.

This article , featuring an event at The Royal Exchange in London, hosted by luxury watch brands and GQ Magazine (UK).