I was sitting with my watch collection and wondered if there was a “ideal” collection of luxury watches for women, then how would it look like? After visiting the SIHH 2015 and Baselworld 2015, I compiled a list for this quarterly, that I felt make an awesome kaleidoscope of choices. They are an eccentric mix of luxury, art, fashion and glamour.
Movement – Automatic, Case size – 35 mm
The Lady 8 gets its moniker from the numeral 8 shape of the dial. It is a beautiful fusion of art and craft. The lower circle adorns an 18-carat red gold butterfly, with outspread wings. The version you see here has hand painted 18-carat gold wings and translucent red enamel engraved on a guilloché background. There’s another version which has the butterfly in blue sapphires and snow-set diamonds.
The upper circle guards an un-bloomed lotus. Each petal is hand-painted and hand-engraved, individually, to give it that perfect finish. Press the button on the side and the petals open up, softly, revealing a Briolette diamond centre. The 18-carat red gold case has 114 diamonds. Production of both the pieces is limited to 8, each.
Movement – Automatic, Case size – 57.4 x 41.3 mm
“Evil! Tastefully evil…” I grinned trying on Fiona’s Celebration Skull. “It’s so pop art,” I told myself. Reminded me of the eccentric Andy Warhol. The Celebration is Fiona Krüger’s third creation and is inspired by time, mortality, and life.
It has a decorative three-layer dial and the case is hand-painted with coloured lacquer and SuperLuminova™ – because of which the watch glows in the dark to reveal an iconic skull symbol. Each colour used in the dial has a specific meaning. Pink – celebration, White – purity, Yellow – death, Purple – grief, Orange – sun, Black – mortality, Blue –trust, and Red – life (whew… and I thought it as just a playful splurge). The watch is housed in a hand-polished, stainless steel, skull-shaped case with a cranium like opening that reveals the back of the movement. Production is limited to 24 pieces.
Movement – Automatic, Case size – 43 mm
Even though the numerals on the dial are distinctively pink and the strap, swan white (with a pink stitch), the watch – in no way – qualifies as “too feminine,” is what I felt. If you look closely there are some very masculine functions in there, too – like the numeric date displayed at the 6 o’ clock position, and the power gauge at the 12 o’ clock position. It’s also a certified chronometer and houses a movement that is typical to seafaring instruments.
The pretty mother-of-pearl dial and the 120 diamonds on the watch attract attention and delightfully compliment each other. The watch is made of titanium and steel. What’s great is that if you have a petite wrist, you can still wear this watch without the fear of it jolting around your wrist, thanks to the cleverly designed crown guards and lugs that keep the watch securely bound. Great pick for the girl who hates anything too girly! Production is limited to 150 pieces.
Movement – Quartz, Case size – 35 mm
The Camélia is one of the three secret dial watch from the Chanel’s ‘Les Éternelles’ collection. It is inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite camellia flower. A closer look reveals how they Manufacture has beautifully set the flowers on the case. The garden-like set up, with the leaves scattered around it, enhances the whole setup. A precious garden, I say, as what you see are around 45 carats of diamonds, reined in a pavé setting.
A gentle nudge to the small flower moves the largest camellia, which in turn reveals/hides the dial. The 34 pavé-set baguette diamonds in the dial delightfully completes the picture. Each piece is the collection is the result of about 400 hours of manual labour.
Movement – Automatic, Case size –27.4 mm
The De Ville gets its ‘dewdrop’ tag from the dewdrops that fuse to make its bracelet. I loved the way the butterflies sit on the mother-of-pearl dial, in silhouette and in full form. The diamonds on the circumference are a delightful contrast to the entire picture while the ones inside glow in tandem with the delicate wings of the butterflies.
The chronometer that you are looking at is the smaller version, set in 18-carat yellow gold, with an automatic movement. A red gold version of this watch is also available with a quartz movement and a bigger dial (32.7 mm). Like the dewdrops but not a big fan of the butterflies? There is a plain dial, similar- and bigger-sized version available, too.
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