LADIES FIRST

There’s a new breed of women’s watch that’s bold but still fem­i­nine. Char­lene Co high­lights a few that cap­ture the spirit

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one are the days when women’s watches were just smaller ver­sions of men’s mod­els with a slash of di­a­monds here and there. As women’s in­ter­est in fine me­chan­i­cal watches has grown, so have the watch brands’ ef­forts to de­sign pieces for them—and, no, they don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be jew­elled.

Since its en­try into watch­mak­ing, Dior has fol­lowed an aes­thet­ics-first phi­los­o­phy, as op­posed to many brands’ move­ment-first fo­cus. The Dior VIII Grand Bal is a prime ex­am­ple. One of the lat­est mod­els in the col­lec­tion, the Dior VIII Grand Bal Co­quette, has an os­cil­lat­ing weight that in­cor­po­rates feath­ers cut like a ball gown ranged around pink sap­phires. Longines’ Dol­cevita line—a mod­ern clas­sic, with its ap­peal­ing com­bi­na­tion of strong geo­met­ric lines and soft curves—now comes in rose gold and steel ver­sions. Jaeger-lecoul­tre’s iconic Rev­erso gets the haute cou­ture treat­ment with the Ate­lier Rev­erso. The new line of re­versible watches has been given a fem­i­nine touch and a wider va­ri­ety of op­tions for di­als, straps, ma­te­ri­als and colours, which range from del­i­cate hues of pink to warm reds, and from solid shades of dark blue to grey. Shoe mae­stro Chris­tian Louboutin de­signed a few pieces for the line.

While Cartier’s fa­mously asym­met­ri­cal Crash watch was meant to be for men, it has grav­i­tated to­wards women’s wrists. One of its lat­est it­er­a­tions, the Crash Skele­ton, adds star power to Cartier’s Me­chan­i­cal Le­gends col­lec­tion. The piece makes a dra­matic mark with its com­pletely skele­tonised move­ment, the bridges spell­ing out the hours in Ro­man nu­mer­als. From left: Longines am­bas­sador Lin Chi-ling wears the brand’s Dol­cevita watch; Crash Skele­ton by Cartier; Ate­lier Rev­erso by Jaegerlecoul­tre; Dior VIII Grand Bal Co­quette by Dior; Roger Dubuis’ Vel­vet by Mas­saro

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