2017 is the year of creatively designed watches. Here are five new ladies’ models of classical provenance that self-confidently leave the familiar codes of watch styling behind.
These new ladies’ models of classical provenance have left the familiar codes of watch styling behind.
All moon-phase displays are not created equal, especially when the indicator comes from Hublot. A colored disk of semitransparent quartz partially covers the position of the moon on the Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase. A larger window of quartz in the same color reveals the skeletonized hand-wound movement inside the tonneau-shaped case of this Big Bang. The same rosy hue is found in the 48 sapphires on the stainless-steel bezel and in the alligator leather strap. The Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase unites outstanding quality and extravagant opulence: Connoisseurs expect this combination from Hublot, but the brand surprises them again with the unconventional styling of this 42-mm titanium watch. $22,400
Vintage styling with daring color: Zenith describes the Pilot Type 20 Extra Special 40 mm as a unisex watch because of the case’s moderate size, but this wine-red model is more likely to appeal to women. Recalling the pioneering era of aviation, this watch gains its vintage charm from a stainless-steel case with a deliberately antique look, a strap made of burly nubuck leather, a dial with a coarsely grained surface, and nostalgically shaped numerals and hands coated with beige luminous material. The Elite automatic movement guarantees first-class watchmaking, while the color scheme adds a trendy kick to the ensemble. $5,700
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-master with a 40-mm Everose case and a metal-reinforced Oysterflex wristband is now available in an excitingly colorful variation. Rolex has studded the bezel with a multicolored wreath of 18 green tsavorites and 32 blue, orange, purple and yellow sapphires topped by a triangular diamond keystone at the 12. The result is a playfully bejeweled Rolex with an unprecedented look. Encasing an automatic movement and endowed with Rolex’s typical robustness, this new watch premieres a very stylish look. $65,600
Patek Philippe’s Aquanaut celebrates its 20th birthday. This happy event is commemorated by the feminine Aquanaut Luce in a color that Patek Philippe describes as “pearly beige.” This is an apt term for a watch in rose gold with 50 baguettecut diamonds on its bezel and clasp, an engraved mother-of-pearl dial in two different nude shades, and a sporty strap of composite material in a subtle beige tone with an iridescent shimmer. With a natural yet elegant charisma, the 35.6-mm Aquanaut Luce encases a self-winding movement and embodies the inimitable styling of Patek Philippe’s watches for women. $87,320
The Serpenti is Bulgari’s iconic ladies’ watch. Bulgari’s first “snake” watches debuted in the 1950s with straps that wrapped twice around the wearer’s wrist and led to the reptile’s head, where the time was shown. The new version of the Serpenti is more practical than ever. It has a petite head measuring 27 mm in length and a narrow leather strap that snakes twice around the wrist. This quartz-powered watch is delivered with two interchangeable straps: One is made from the skin of the nonpoisonous karung snake; the other is crafted from calfskin. The Serpenti’s case is available in steel or rose gold, with or without diamonds. The model shown has a diamondstudded rose-gold case and sells for $9,700.