WATCHTRENDS

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.

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Th­ese new ladies’ mod­els of clas­si­cal prove­nance have left the fa­mil­iar codes of watch styling be­hind.

HUBLOT

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

ZENITH

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

ROLEX

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

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

BULGARI

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.

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