SPECIAL REPORT

Five Big Trends In Women's Watches

by Pooja Agarwal
09 May 2017

Quite literally, the art of timekeeping

Scintillating diamonds on watch dials have always held a fascination for women and continue to do so. But watchmakers are realizing that women are also interested to see the watch mechanisms through openwork dials, and tourbillons in feminine designs.

  • DIAMOND DAZZLERS
  • GARDENS OF DELIGHT
  • SEEING THROUGH
  • TOURBILLON COMPLICATION
  • OUTWARD BEAUTY

Diamond Dazzlers

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As diamonds continue to attract women, watchmakers are finding aesthetically and technically innovative way to incorporate them into new models.

The Patek Philippe Reference 5062/450 Aquanaut Luce Haute Joaillerie watch combines the most intricate diamond setting expertise: Invisible and snow setting. Diamonds set in 18K rose gold are everywhere, including the bezel, lugs, dial, hands, hour-markers, and even the fold-over clasp.

The new Chopard For You watch dazzles with diamonds as well, fully set with pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds, with a design inspired by cherry blossoms in springtime.

  • DIAMOND DAZZLERS
  • GARDENS OF DELIGHT
  • SEEING THROUGH
  • TOURBILLON COMPLICATION
  • OUTWARD BEAUTY

Gardens of Delight

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Pushing creative boundaries, artistic interpretations of mystical gardens give birth to unique watch dials.

The Dior Grand Soir Botanic No2 is part of a new collection of eight one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by a fairytale garden with fantastic flowers. A play on volumes and three-dimensionality gives the effect of a blossoming flower on the dial, which is decorated with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, cabochon-cut rubies, and lacquered gold elements.

Six years of development has yielded the Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate timepiece that wows in complexity and beauty. Depicting a garden of flowers, it features a butterfly in gold and enamel with fluttering wings. The ornamented dial uses artistic materials and techniques: Champlevé and paillonné enamel, mother-of-pearl, plique-à-jour, a cascade of round and pear-cut diamonds, and blue and mauve sapphires.

  • DIAMOND DAZZLERS
  • GARDENS OF DELIGHT
  • SEEING THROUGH
  • TOURBILLON COMPLICATION
  • OUTWARD BEAUTY

Seeing Through

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Artfully placed apertures are windows that provide tantalizing glimpse of mechanisms.

The new Breguet Classique Tradition Dame 7038 in rose gold has an open-worked dial that shows a mesmerizing mechanical movement with bridges, escapement, gear train and mainspring barrel in action. The 37mm case in 18K rose gold houses the automatic caliber 505SR.

Chanel’s first ever in-house movement for women, the Caliber 2, powers the Premiere Camellia Skeleton timepieces. The barrel, gears, and balance wheel all fit beautifully within the confines of the Camellia-shaped bridges.

  • DIAMOND DAZZLERS
  • GARDENS OF DELIGHT
  • SEEING THROUGH
  • TOURBILLON COMPLICATION
  • OUTWARD BEAUTY

Tourbillon Complication

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A high complication previously enjoyed mostly by men shows up in a feminine timepices.

The Graff Ladies 38mm Mastergraff Floral Tourbillon showcases the savoir faire of the master jeweller-watchmaker: Mother-of-pearl dial with white gold ‘hand-cut’ flowers made with high fire enamel and then hand-painted. The tourbillon is positioned at 5 o’clock, and the watch comes with 68 hours of power reserve.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica Mystérieuse is one-of-a-kind ladies’ model in red, at the heart of which beats the new in-house Calibre 941. The beautiful dial shows-off snow-set ivy leaves on mother of pearl, and the orbital flying tourbillon, which takes 60 seconds to pivot on itself and 12 hours to rotate around the dial, gives an indication of the hour. A ruby set on a rotating disc with hand-painted leaves indicate the minutes.

 

  • DIAMOND DAZZLERS
  • GARDENS OF DELIGHT
  • SEEING THROUGH
  • TOURBILLON COMPLICATION
  • OUTWARD BEAUTY

Outward Beauty

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Bare beauty that is easy to behold mark timepieces that delight from morning to night.

Glashutte Original offers delightful new variations within the successful Pavonina collection in the form of Roman numerals on iridescent natural mother-of-pearl dials.

Fiaba, Italian for fairytale, is a collection that has been extended by Maurice Lacroix. Unveiled at Baselworld this year, the new Fiaba contemporary watch has been augmented with a new 36mm case, with a focus on feminine styling and elegance.