Everywhere these past few years, female haute horology aficionados have demanded more sophisticated ladies’ watches in terms of complications, artisanal elements and aesthetic detail. The luxury watch industry listened, and responded.
Taking the lead is A. Lange & Söhne, with its Little Lange 1 Moon Phase. The ideal option for women looking for a touch of femininity in a well-toned watch. This timepiece features an 18 kt rose gold case with a guilloché dial in silvery-white. In keeping with tradition, the watch follows A. Lange & Söhne’s signature layout, with the hour and minute dial on the left, and the oversized Semper date and power reserve on the right. This model also boasts a stunning moon-phase indicator, with accuracy of up to 122.6 years, and which is paired with the seconds sub-register on the bottom right of the watch face. Sized at 36.8mm and driven by the Calibre L121.2, this is an exquisite piece for any female watch cognoscenti.
The Rolex Lady-Datejust 28 in 904L stainless steel, meanwhile, with its alluring pink dial is the crowning companion for elegant daily wear. Just 28mm in diameter and fitted with Rolex’s three-piece Oyster link bracelet, the watch sits gracefully on the wrist. However, once noticed, one cannot help but admire it’s polished and satin-brushed all-steel design. Powered by the new generation self-winding Manufacture Calibre 2236, the watch offers superlative precision in its hour, minute, and seconds display, owing to its patented Syloxi hairspring. In addition, its instantaneous date, with rapid setting, can be viewed via Rolex’s signature Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock. Regardless of the outfit you choose to pair this timepiece with, it’s guaranteed to elevate your style.
Absent from the Cartier range for more than a decade, the Panthère de Cartier collection makes its triumphant return in 2017. Born in the 1980’s, the Panthère de Cartier timepiece is one of the most distinctive Cartier designs and remains a contemporary favourite of the fashion set. Presented in a distinctive square-shaped steel case – measuring 27 mm x 37 mm and with a thickness of just 6mm – the elegant silvered dial is framed by a screw-down bezel in 18 kt yellow gold and boasts Cartier’s iconic Roman numerals and railway track index. The crown, also in 18 kt yellow gold, is set with a synthetic blue spinel, complementing the blued-steel, sword-shaped hands. Flowing seamlessly from the case, the classic linked brick-lay bracelet in steel and 18 kt yellow gold is inset with a concealed folding clasp. Inside is a highly reliable, and accurate, quartz movement. The perfect wrist companion for the fashion savvy.
Tudor, like its newest ambassador, Lady Gaga, demonstrates its versatility with the reinvention of its Clair de Rose Collection, offering a polished, all-steel rounded case design and a winding crown adorned with a blue spinel cabochon. The opaline sunray dial, with or without diamonds, complements the crown’s spinel with blued hands and blued Roman numerals. Imbued with a certain understated elegance, this watch offers a bold but graceful style which combines contemporary and classical as deftly as any of the world’s haute horology favourites. Featuring a self-winding mechanical movement, it is available in three different sizes — 26mm, 30mm, or 34mm – and on steel bracelet with folding clasp or leather or fabric strap with buckle. In addition, at 100 m waterproof, this new collection is Born to Dare.
For both social and sophisticated occasions, Jaeger-LeCoultre offers the Reverso One Duetto Moon. Inspired by the Art Deco-style Reversos that made waves in the 1930s, the Reverso One Duetto Moon in 18 kt pink gold remains timeless thanks to its delicate design symmetry. The perfect combination of jewellery piece and timepiece, this instrument — sized at just 40.1mm high x 20mm in width — offers two faces: one, featuring a guilloché white dial with a sunray-brushed finish and Arabic numerals, framed in a simple rectangular case for social occasions; and the second, showcasing a maroon face with gilt hour markers and a mother-of-pearl moon phase indicator framed in a rectangular case with two rows of ~28 diamonds (~0.32 ct) for more stately occasions. This overall design is elevated by the addition of the bold red leather strap that complements the gold case’s rose hue, making this watch a spectacular addition for any dignified circumstance.
The attraction of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Moon Phase Power Reserve, may be attributed to the asymmetrical moon phase at 8.30, or the opalescent white mother-of-pearl dial, or the 81 diamonds (~1.2 ct) set in the 36mm diameter round case, bezel, lugs and crown, or the solid 18 kt gold “Dauphine” hands and facetted hour markers. Perhaps it is the hand-wound calibre 1410, with its Hallmark of Geneva, seen rhythmically beating behind the sapphire crystal case back. Or the reassuring 40-hour power reserve at 10.30, letting you know that the moment of winding is not yet due. Whether it is the laws of physics or poetry drawing you to this elegant model, matched with its grey alligator strap, it is truly a timepiece that will appeal to feminine connoisseurs of fine craftsmanship.
Perfectly petite, the intricate Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase is encapsulated in a 29.2mm diameter case — a remarkable feat considering its moon phase complication houses a disc with two complete 29.5-day lunar cycles. One of the oldest watchmakers in the world, Blancpain has been committed to creating supreme movements for ladies’ watches for decades, and, with the Calibre 913QL, this instrument houses just that. Available in 18 kt red gold or stainless steel with a simple metal bezel or one set with a row of diamonds, plus a range of bracelets and straps, this model is an exemplary choice for those who take the heritage of haute horology seriously.
The Breguet Reine De Naples is, and always will be, a true icon of style. The 18 kt rose gold iteration featured here is bestowed with an attractive Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial and a diamond-set bezel for that added touch of elegance. A signature of the Reine De Naples collection, this oval-shaped timepiece features Breguet numerals that change in size as they wind around the chapter ring, which — rather than centrally located — is placed lower down on the watch face. In keeping with the off-centre style, the winding crown on this Breguet is found at 4 o’clock. Powered by the self-winding calibre 537/3, visible via a sapphire crystal caseback, this is a luxuriant objet d’art that tastefully marries the lines between horological instrument and haute joaillerie.