5 Luxury Women’s Watches For Every Occasion
A selection of women’s watches crafted with attention and care.
Bell & Ross — BR S Diamond Eagle Watchmaker
Bell & Ross has always been attracted to all things aeronautical. Faithful to its aviation inspiration, the BR S Diamond Eagle honours the very sphere that has aided and fascinated early pilots at night: a starry sky. The piece comes with a beautiful midnight blue dial, given depth with a subtle sunray pattern. Its dark face is also speckled with seven diamonds in the pattern of the Aquila constellation, also known as Jupiter’s Eagle. Harmonised with a blue alligator strap, the circle dial is set within a squared case — a signature shape that evokes aircraft navigation instruments. Available in two versions, one of which boasts a bezel set with 66 white diamonds, this ultra-feminine collection exudes a cosmic, yet cosmopolitan appeal.
Girard-Perregaux — Cat’s Eye Majestic
Showcasing its rich 225-year legacy while continuing to innovate, Girard-Perregaux revisited the distinctive shape of its Cat’s Eye series. In the new Majestic model, the watch still features an iconic oval case but has now been vertically oriented with contemporaneous dimensions, giving it an up-to-the-minute makeover. Purposely feminine, its polished case, set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds, sparkles around a mother-of-pearl dial. The dial features a delicate sunray decoration for the pink gold version and an artistic guilloché dial for the steel and bicolour (steel and pink gold) versions, emphasising the harmony of the vertical oval. The Cat’s Eyes Majestic movement’s finishing and decorations can be observed through the sapphire crystal case-back.
IWC Schaffhausen — Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36
With the new Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36, IWC Schaffhausen offers something slightly smaller for the ladies. Fitted with a 36mm case that is 10.5mm thick, IWC describes the watch as “dainty and elegant” but states that it is also intended for men with slimmer wrists. Probably best not to mention “dainty” too much then. The watch alludes to earlier iterations of the Swiss watchmaker’s Mark series, presenting a clean and classic aesthetic. The watch is powered by the Calibre 35111, which is based upon the Sellita SW300. The movement features a date indicator, and boasts an adequate power reserve of 42 hours. There is a choice of a silver-plated or slate-coloured dial; and a steel bracelet or a Santoni leather strap.
Chaumet — Liens Lumière
Chaumet has been utilising its jewellery craftsmanship to clock in as a leading watchmaking designer, combining the precision of Swiss tradition with the maison’s mastery of Parisian sophistication. Its new Liens Lumière watch collection comes in high jewellery versions, using the signature ‘liens’ style — found in one of Chaumet’s bijouterie collections, epitomised by intertwining crosses and bows. The watchmaking variation of the Liens collection features crossed ribbon lugs flowing around the dial to attach the bracelet or alligator leather strap, which comes in 12 new bright colours. The latest collection also clearly radiates in every direction, with white mother-of-pearl or diamond snow-set dials, as well as a halo of brilliant-cut diamonds set in the bezel. Three different metals — pink gold, yellow gold and stainless steel — are used in the new models with two sizes of 27mm and 33mm.
Urwerk — UR-106
Christmas came early for the ladies as Urwerk, famed for its sleek, futuristic design and overtly virile watches, unveiled an avant-garde black and pink number in May 2016 at the TimeCrafters luxury watch show in New York. The brand’s first female watch series, the UR-106 Black Pink Lotus is encased in gleaming black. Under an arch of carbonado diamonds, a shadowy carousel and vivid pink accents draw watch wearers to an essential feature — telling the time. Urwerk has incorporated the brand’s satellite hours complication into the watch. Although slightly revised, three satellites, each with four hour numerals, wander across the minutes’ scale in an analogue and digital horological display. Earlier versions of the UR-106 include the Lotus (a steel case with white alligator strap) and Black Lotus (a black case with neon yellow details and a black alligator strap). All three variations are from a limited series, with only 11 watches available from each.