Tour de force watches that should be on every bona fide female collector’s radar
Some women want diamonds on their watches, and some want complications in theirs. Then, there are those who want it all – both diamonds and complications, often elegantly packaged in cases that are also smaller to better fit their wrists. It doesn’t take a watchmaker to understand that this is a technically difficult demand, and yet, there are some who have stepped up to it. Here, we present three diamond-encrusted timepieces launched this year featuring the most showy and fascinating of complications: the tourbillon.
Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon
Finally, a Bvlgari record breaker for the ladies. The brand has been on a winning streak for the latter part of this decade, consistently shaving off millimetres year after year to release what seems like the world’s thinnest versions of every type of watch ever. There was nothing to stop women from wearing those watches, but they were not made with them in mind. The Serpenti Seduttori Tourbillon was, and it houses the world’s smallest tourbillon in its 34mm wide, 8.9mm thick case. Available in white gold and rose gold with a blue and brown strap respectively, and fully diamond-set with a bracelet.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Tourbillon
Vacheron Constantin has been paying the ladies a lot of attention this year – think Égérie, its first women’s collection in 17 years. The brand continues its female-centric streak with the Traditionnelle Tourbillon, its first self-winding tourbillon watch for the ladies, featuring a tourbillon at six o’clock, framed by 46 diamonds. As a Traditionnelle timepiece, it is classic not only in design, but also with respect to its movement – the 39mm case houses the calibre 2160, which can also be seen in the original Traditionelle Tourbillon and Overseas Tourbillon. Available in rose gold with a mother-of-pearl dial and a fully diamond-set white gold.
Piaget Altiplano Tourbillon Infinite Blue
There are perhaps few things more infinite than Piaget’s quest for progressively thinner timepieces, although that’s not why this tripartite family within the Altiplano collection is so named. Powered by the 670P, the groundbreaking movement launched in 2017 that made it possible for flying tourbillon watches to join Piaget’s ultra-thin revolution, the time display is at eight o’clock and the tourbillon at two. These are surrounded by diamonds to form the infinity symbol – hence the name of the model. The dial has a sunburst PVD finish in a depthless midnight blue. Available with brilliant-cut diamonds, baguette diamonds, or fully-set with gems in a swirling pattern.