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10 Ways Watches Have Evolved


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Ladies Love Cool Watches
Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall attends a Gala screening of "Million Dollar Arm" at the May Fair Hotel in London, England. (Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images)
Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall attends a Gala screening of "Million Dollar Arm" at the May Fair Hotel in London, England. (Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images)

After a couple hundred years of watches dangling from waistcoats, a watchmaker named Breguet created a timepiece to be worn on the wrist for the Queen of Naples in 1812. Patek Phillipe got in the game with the first commercially available women's "wristlet," as these timepieces were called, in 1868. Wristlets were thus doomed to the realm of frivolous ladies and not worth a serious gentleman's time. Well, that, and the fact that wristlets were too small to be accurate, and they didn't even bother with a minute hand because it wouldn't have told you the correct minutes. What woman needs to worry her pretty little head about the time, anyway?


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