Hong Kong Tatler - - Baselworld 2017 Review -

Full-bod­ied de­signs, ex­quis­ite ma­te­ri­als, daz­zling gems, rich tex­tures and in­tri­cate pat­terns— there’s much to love in these so­phis­ti­cated ladies’ time­pieces


In 1810 Breguet cre­ated a watch for a great col­lec­tor, Caroline Mu­rat, the sis­ter of Napoléon Bon­a­parte and Queen of Naples at the time. It was the first watch de­signed to be worn on the wrist. Its strong but fem­i­nine per­son­al­ity in­spires the new Reine de Naples Princesse 8965. The rose-gold oval case is com­ple­mented by a white moth­erof-pearl dial. The large hour mark­ers at 12 and 6 o’clock—also in rose gold—are as­sertive, while the fem­i­nin­ity is em­pha­sised by a di­a­mond-set bezel. The me­chan­i­cal self-wind­ing move­ment can be ad­mired through the sap­phire case back.


Chanel salutes women’s in­tel­li­gence and their love of beauty in its Première Camélia Skele­ton. An ex­quis­ite watch in an un­com­pro­mis­ing rec­tan­gu­lar case, it show­cases the de­signer’s sig­na­ture camel­lia against a deep black back­ground. The camel­lia is, in fact, the Cal­i­bre 2, the se­cond me­chan­i­cal move­ment cre­ated by the brand in-house. The petals of the flower out­line the move­ment’s stacked discs. Crafted in white gold, it comes with a ver­sion with the move­ment in black, ac­cen­tu­ated by di­a­mond-set hands and a bezel set with bril­liant-cut di­a­monds; while the other out­lines the skele­ton in di­a­monds, black hands, and a bezel set with baguette di­a­monds.


Jew­eller ex­traor­di­naire Harry Win­ston once again sur­prises with the Premier Del­i­cate Silk Au­to­matic 36mm, which presents a dial ren­dered in em­bossed raw silk. The piece comes in four colours—royal red, sil­ver grey, pure white and del­i­cate pink—and, in a highly skilled tech­nique, the silk is em­bossed with a flo­ral or star-shaped de­sign in 18K or 22K gold. With its di­a­mond-set lugs, the case is in­spired by the en­trance to Harry Win­ston’s flag­ship store on New York’s Fifth Av­enue. The case, in 18K rose or white gold, is en­crusted with 57 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds. Only 30 pieces of each de­sign will be made.


Prob­a­bly the most recog­nis­able lux­ury watch for women is the Serpenti by Bul­gari in its many guises. The new­est Serpenti comes with numer­ous op­tions for per­son­al­i­sa­tion. The most no­tice­able dif­fer­ence is the strap—in Karung snake­skin for the first time. While the dis­tinc­tive 27mm ser­pent-head case re­mains, it can be cus­tomised by the metal, by the dial colour and ma­te­rial, by en­grav­ing, and by gem­set­ting. With more than 300 pos­si­ble vari­a­tions, the new Serpenti is highly in­di­vid­ual, with Bul­gari of­fer­ing an app to guide de­ci­sion-mak­ing. Two dif­fer­ent straps come with each case, in snake­skin or calf­skin.

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