Creativity is in the air as brands showcase innovative use of precious stones and new approaches to traditional metiers d’art
The Swatch Group’s Time To Move might be the last of the year’s three Swiss watch fairs but good things definitely come to those who wait. Women watch connoisseurs, especially, are in for an exceptional ride.
The brands have gone far above and way beyond in terms of delivering products that offer femininity and creativity. Special mention to Harry Winston and Breguet who’ve totally nailed it with stunning collections and fresh techniques.
It’s an important year for Omega who celebrates 50 years of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, so obviously there are lots of novelties in the Speedmaster line. But the manufacture also made it a point to work hard on the Constellation, specifically, the Constellation Manhattan.
In other news, hardstone aficionados should not miss the Seamaster 300 Malachite, which is not specified as a ladies’ timepiece, but could definitely be worn by women.
Metiers d’art is something of an obsession at Harry Winston, and the Premier collection lends itself especially well to this pursuit. After playing with mother-of-pearl, feathers, silk and even butterfly wings, the brand released a selection of micro-mosaic dials using mosaic glass sourced from Ravenna, Italy.
High jewellery timepieces are of course not to be missed chez Harry Winston. Here, the manufacture worked on micro-mosaic opals as well as hand-painted mother-of-pearl.
Synonymous with high watchmaking, the feminine timepieces of Breguet are just as exalted. Today, the pieces brim with creativity, as marbled lacquer made its way into the Queen of Naples as well as the Marine collections.
Breguet also offered a fresh spin on traditional hand guilloché, decorating mother-of-pearl dials with the wave motif symbolic of the Marine collection.
Villeret is Blancpain’s flagship timepiece and its ladies’ models are also perennially popular among the watch collecting elite. For 2019, Blancpain refined the Villeret Women, giving it a specially created typeface for the date which now comes in an oval aperture. More importantly, the watch is offered in a new mille maille bracelet hand assembled at the brand’s Le Brassus manufacture.
Jaquet Droz has been fixated with the figure 8 since anyone can remember, a number that also inspired the case of the Lady 8 Petite. Now available with a malachite dial or white mother-of-pearl on a double tour strap.
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