Full-bodied designs, exquisite materials, dazzling gems, rich textures and intricate patterns— there’s much to love in these sophisticated ladies’ timepieces
FIT FOR A QUEEN BREGUET
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.
FLOWER POWER CHANEL
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.
SMOOTH AS SILK HARRY WINSTON
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.
SLEEK SERPENT BULGARI
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.