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In a first for our an­nual horo­log­i­cal re­view, we’ve al­lo­cated over a third of all en­tries to women’s watches. And there’s good rea­son for it – there’ve never been so many great prod­ucts. Thanks then to IWC, Gi­rard Per­re­gaux, Chanel, Bell & Ross, Ur­w­erk, Aude­mars Piguet, Chopard, Hublot and Dior. By all ac­counts, 2016 was a horo­log­i­cal an­nus hor­ri­bilis. Ac­cord­ing to the watch in­dus­try’s lead­ing trade as­so­ci­a­tion, Swiss watch ex­ports fell al­most 10 per cent com­pared with the pre­vi­ous year. Cru­cially how­ever, this was not caused by some seis­mic shift to­wards smart­watches, rather it was largely the re­sult of a fal­ter­ing global econ­omy, un­favourable ex­change rates (ex­cept in Bri­tain where a cheap post-brexit pound helped no end), over­stock­ing in emerg­ing mar­kets and a large-scale ces­sa­tion of lux­ury watch gift­ing in Asia and the Mid­dle East. What’s more, smart­watches are prov­ing they might ac­tu­ally be a boon for me­chan­i­cal watch brands. Mont­blanc de­buted a con­nected watch and TAG Heuer has clev­erly evolved its

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