Dec­o­ra­tive flo­ral and leaf di­als set the trend for women’s watches.

Mod­ern leaf and flo­ral di­als set a del­i­cate trend for women’s time­pieces

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Cre­ativ­ity thrives in the latest watches for women as di­als re­veal na­ture-inspired mo­tifs with a twist. Cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of the Cat’s Eye watch, Gi­rard-per­re­gaux takes the model’s dis­tinct case shape and com­bines it with a dial of diamond petals—a fire­work of rays ex­tend­ing from the 9 o’clock po­si­tion, each stone set in a spe­cific di­rec­tion to pro­vide a shim­mer­ing ef­fect. The black ver­sion fea­tures an onyx dial with 73 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, while the opa­line ver­sion has a grey mother-of-pearl dial with pink sap­phires. The Cat’s Eye An­niver­sary watch comes with an au­to­matic Gi­rard-per­re­gaux move­ment with 46 hours of re­serve power.

Among the watch­mak­ers that fo­cused on na­ture-inspired women’s nov­el­ties at Basel­world this year was Harry Win­ston. The Premier Lace is one of the three ex­quis­ite time­pieces that make up the brand’s The Premier Col­lec­tion, with a dial in mother-of-pearl form­ing an in­tri­cate flo­ral lace mo­tif, which mea­sures a mere 0.15mm thick and is placed against a dark-coloured dial. The Premier Lace comes with a black sun­burst dial with a white mother-of-pearl lace for sharp con­trast. Fur­ther en­rich­ing the watch are the 63 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds that line the bezel and arches of the 31mm white or rose gold case.

Mak­ing its de­but at this year’s SIHH, the Ex­cal­ibur Cre­ative Skele­ton Brocéliande by Roger Dubuis is a time­piece hail­ing from its King Arthur-inspired Ex­cal­ibur line, which show­cases the myth­i­cal Brocéliande for­est, said to be home to Mer­lin’s tomb. With this watch, the crafts­men at Roger Dubuis skele­tonised the fa­mously ro­bust Ex­cal­ibur model, in­tro­duc­ing ivy leaves and vines us­ing gem­stones through­out the dial and the move­ment. The bezel of this 42mm red gold case is set with 60 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds, with 30 more bril­liant-cut di­a­monds on its lugs. At the heart of this watch is the RD505SQ fly­ing tour­bil­lon move­ment, which has been beau­ti­fully fin­ished and guar­an­tees an im­pres­sive 60 hours of power re­serve.

IN FULL BLOOM From left: Two views of the Cat’s Eye An­niver­sary watch by Gi­rard-per­re­gaux; Harry Win­ston Premier Lace; Roger Dubuis Ex­cal­ibur Cre­ative Skele­ton Brocéliande

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