There is a new breed of timepiece connoisseur; she is a women of means with great taste that seeks watches that speak to her desire for jewelry, a feminine piece of wearable art.
These exquisite pieces are made for women who appreciate something beyond the ordinary – special timepieces, out of the ordinary, replete with jewels, artistry, technology and each possessing a great beauty.
Editor’s Favorites: Top 6 Ladies Watches
1 – Champs-Elysées: Rive Blanche
Offering timepieces of unmatched sophistication with a marquetry-worked mother-of-pearl dial and a shiny polished 18-carat rose gold cambered case, the RIVE BLANCHE collection reflects a bold step away from the classic round watch silhouette. The refined and sensual watch attracts with its cultivated and enigmatic form. The radiant roundness of the dial is enhanced by an alluring jewelled water drop-shaped case. The most spectacular of the models shimmers with 412 round diamonds in a striking “snow setting”, whose seemingly random distribution elegantly features delicate waves.
2 – Mouawad Geneve: La Classique Lady Attitude
With its oversized, stylized numerals that curl around the dial, « La Classique Lady Attitude » has innate glamour that appeals to the senses. The presence of diamonds, sometimes adorning the bezel and lugs, sometimes embellishing the numerals, conjures a feeling of brilliant luxury in quintessential Mouawad style; among the choice of models is one truly spectacular version fully set with 269 diamonds. Inside the 39mm round case the natural mother-of-pearl dial features a solar guilloché pattern in a choice of appealing colors.
3 – Harry Winston Midnight Diamond Drops 39mm
The House of Harry Winston introduces an enchanting new dial design that celebrates the brilliance and sparkle of the world’s finest diamonds. Like a pointillist painter, the gem-setter creates an intricate composition using only brilliant-cut stones, replacing colors with the sparkle of icy white gems. This enchanting canvas demonstrates the Harry Winston’s expertise in gem-setting and references the signature techniques used in the House’s fine jewelry creations: the near-invisible claw-setting on the chatons ensures that nothing distracts from the beauty of each diamond; diamonds are placed on the dial using a snow-setting, demonstrating the gem-setter’s skill and precision.
4 – Louis Moinet: Stardance
In order to create this timepiece, Louis Moinet had to be patient while waiting to obtain the extremely rare Enstatite EH3 meteorite, which contains nanodiamonds from space! What could be more romantic for the creation of a unique, elegant watch with the name ‘Stardance’? The meteorite was then shaped by the most highly skilled artisans to indicate the phases of the moon. Stardance is an automatic watch with a design inspired by the worlds of day and night. The seconds hand is in the shape of the sun, while the moon phase is displayed against a starry night sky… The watch skilfully combines different materials including mother-of-pearl for the dial and aventurine for the moon phase sky. The titanium frame perfectly sets off the white gold bezel and diamonds.
5 – Hermès: Faubourg
A secret allure. An elegance perfected in miniature. A very Parisian style. She is there tiny, a perfect jewel, glimpsed with a nonchalant gesture of the wrist. A surprising glimmer of metal on a fine band which embraces the arm – complicit, exquisite.
Faubourg jewellery watch, featuring a 15.5 mm diamond-set case and a 5N rose gold bracelet.
6 – DeLaneau: Rondo Garden of Eden – Magnolia
This creation captures delicate hand engraved magnolias in translucent Grand Feu enamel. The dial brings to life a scene of an inspirational Garden of Eden. Complementing our heritage in jewellery watchmaking, the 36mm white gold case is set with 78 diamonds and a diamond-embedded crown.
Equipped with an automatic movement, a strap with white gold deploying buckle set with two diamonds, this exquisite timepiece totals approximately 1.38ct.
Editor’s Favorites: Top 3 Ladies Mechanical
1 – Breguet: Reine de Naples Jour/Nuit
Breguet’s mechanical expertise is also on display, since this watch is fitted with the movement specially made for the Reine de Naples collection. Apart from indicating the hours and minutes it animates a whimsical representation of the hours of the day and night on a second dial. The two dials combine in a figure 8, a symbolic number in many cultures, which recalls the sign for infinity. A titanium moon is placed on a disc of lapis lazuli while the path of the sun is represented by the facetted rim of the balance-wheel that throws out rays of light. The sun moves according to the motion of the balance on a daylong tour of the Arabic Chapter ring before setting beneath the horizon of the steel bridge supporting the mechanism. Decorations on the disc add to the enchantment with inserts of mother-of-pearl for clouds and the living gleam of gold stars.
2 – Chopard: Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie
At the heart of Chopard traditions, the Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie watch showcases the vast array of exceptional skills cultivated within the Manufacture in Geneva. Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie thus combine to give birth to an entirely diamond-studded watch providing a precious backdrop for an L.U.C tourbillon movement.
This is a watch that single-handedly testifies to the entire history of a Manufacture. Epitomising the very core of the Chopard culture, at the exact spot where beauty meets precision, the Happy Sport Tourbillon is a radiant reflection of the most remarkable skills and hallmarks of the Geneva-based House. Combining the playful freedom of Happy Diamonds with the modern nature of the Happy Sport Joaillerie model, the Happy Sport Tourbillon embodies the skilled perfection of the Haute Joaillerie workshops with the technical virtuosity of Haute Horlogerie. Now making a noteworthy stage entrance, the Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie beats to the pulse of innovation, creativity and artistic crafts
3 – Chaumet: Chaumet Hortensia Tourbillon Watch
Precious watches are inspired by nature; a nature that is stylised, touching and bucolic, expressing a different dimension of time, of movement, of emotion and celebrating the savoir-faire of jewellers, engravers, stone setters, sculptors, miniature painters and watchmakers who perpetuate and enrich the Maison’s watch collections. Each timepiece embodies the extraordinary dreams, creativity, technical ingenuity and jewellery expertise of Chaumet. The Hortensia collection blossoms with wondrous bouquets of gold and precious stones in creations that are an ode to eternal beauty. The dial of this diamond-set white gold watch reveals a tourbillon mechanism. The tourbillon is situated at 6 o’clock on a background of grand feu enamel decorated with a corolla of hydrangeas; each applied flower has been sculpted and hand-engraved, then enamelled with silver foil in its centre. A sapphire glass back unveils the hand-winding mechanical movement – a CP 12V-X caliber – featuring the hydrangea flower design on the upper disc and main plate. The alligator leather strap and its jaw pin buckle adorned with white gold and diamond-set hydrangea flowers is the perfect finishing touch for these subtly refined Haute Horlogerie timepieces.
For more information on the watches in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2014 competition, visit http://www.gphg.org/horlogerie/en/gphg-14/competing-watches