connect with the hour glass
The wristwatch started out as an item exclusively for women and up until World War I was considered far too feminine for most men to wear. Fashion changed of course and from a technological perspective it is men’s watches that have shaped the innovative landscape over the last several decades. Trends are changing yet again as women’s watches which feature technically fantastic and challenging to produce mechanical movements are becoming increasingly en vogue – especially at the top end of the horological product spectrum. Here are five stunning watches made complicated enough for all collector’s tastes and yet exclusively designed for women.
Patek Philippe 7059 Split-Seconds Chronograph
Produced exclusively for women (a world first in this instance) the Patek Philippe 7059R-001 takes one of the most difficult to assemble complications – a rattrapante, or split-seconds chronograph – and places it inside of a 33.2mm wide 18k rose gold watch for women with a diamond-set bezel. This is Patek Philippe’s most impressive welcome gesture for mechanically-inclined female buyers.
Breguet Reine de Naples 8973
A compelling argument exists that the first wristwatch ever was created in the 19th century by Breguet for the queen of Naples. It featured an egg-shaped case and continues today in spirit as Breguet’s leading collection of watches for women. This “Grande Complication” version combines an artistic display featuring diamonds and blue sapphires all over the case and dial along with an in-house made hour striking movement which chimes automatically each hour at the top of the hour.
Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Jewellery Tourbillon With Golden Bridge
Femininity and horology don’t always make excellent bedfellows but they certainly can with the right mixture of both creativity and refinement. Girard-Perregaux’s iconic Cat’s Eye watch collection serves as an ideal base for a jewelry watch equipped with an in-house tourbillon movement. The legendary “Tourbillon with Golden Bridge” sets the high-end horological framework for decorative engraved floral face and 18k white gold case set entirely with diamonds.
Richard Mille RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur
What’s more romantic than the spinning, beating tourbillon heart of a watch resting inside the protective petals of a delicately hand-made and painted arrangement of flower petals? It’s important to note that a newly developed mechanism in the watch gracefully opens the flower petals on command or automatically each few minutes. Imagine the intense amount of effort required to engineer something like that – all for the sake of luxury mechanical beauty in the Tourbillon Fleur.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres Globo
Designed as a feminine version of a men’s watch, the Tonda Hemispheres Globo nevertheless remains an elegant choice for female travelers keen on having a fine timepiece able to tack two time zones with ease. A 42mm wide steel case has a dial decorated with diamonds matched to a baby blue Hermes strap. The dial has two small three-dimensional representations of the globe that serves as the day/night indicator.