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12 ladies’ watches to look out for at SIHH
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12 ladies’ watches to look out for at SIHH

Monday, 15 January 2018
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Marie de Pimodan-Bugnon
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Colourful, sparkling, sensual. Complicated, precise, original. Classic or precious. Ladies’ watches put on a show at the 28th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1

Were we in any doubt, A. Lange & Söhne confirms that good things come in small packages with the Little Lange 1, younger sibling to the Lange 1 which has made the Glashütte firm’s reputation for excellence since 1994. Sporting a 36.8-mm white gold case and a purple guilloché dial, it’s a classical beauty. Behind the scenes, a manual-wind movement drives a large date display and a power-reserve indicator. A Little Lange, proposed as 100 pieces, that is destined to become a big success.

Little Lange 1 © A. Lange & Söhne
Little Lange 1 © A. Lange & Söhne
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

When it comes to mechanical watches, ladies no longer come second-best to men. Audemars Piguet for one advocates equal rights with this Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon. In a stunning demonstration of the brand’s gem-setting expertise, the 38.5-mm white gold case dazzles with a carpet of baguette diamonds in an invisible setting. At its mechanical heart, completing the hour and minute indications, sits a flying tourbillon as well as a power reserve.

Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon © Audemars Piguet
Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon © Audemars Piguet
Cartier Panthère

After a triumphant return to the watchmaking spotlight last year, the Panthère de Cartier prowls again at SIHH 2018. More sensual, more elegant than ever, its triple-row, yellow gold link bracelet wraps itself with feline self-assurance around the wrist. A mini model with maximum charm, to wear like a second skin.

Panthère © Cartier
Panthère © Cartier
Christophe Claret Marguerite

We love her, we love her not, of course we love Marguerite! Particularly for the smaller size, slimmed down from 42.5mm to 36.9mm, that sits pretty on the most slender wrists. Crafted from 5N gold with champagne-set diamonds, with an aubergine tint, or coloured red and draped with more diamonds, Christophe Claret’s favourite bloom has a reassuring message: a press of the pusher at 2 o’clock and the hour numerals vanish to reveal those three little words, “I love you”.

Marguerite © Christophe Claret
Marguerite © Christophe Claret
Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Day & Night High Jewellery

No need to share the feline’s piercing gaze to spot the elegant attributes of this Cat’s Eye Day & Night High Jewellery. A white gold case delicately set with 52 diamonds of varying size illuminates the union of round and oval shapes. The blue of the aventurine dial is as infinite as the universe itself. Then there is the poetic Day & Night indicator. Brought to life by an in-house automatic movement, this Cat’s Eye transforms time into a sight to behold, beautiful by day and by night, dazzling whatever the hour.

Cat’s Eye Day & Night High Jewellery © Girard Perregaux
Cat’s Eye Day & Night High Jewellery © Girard Perregaux
Hermès Arceau Casaque

Had enough of black, grey and brown? Hermès turns up the colour on one of its most recognisable collections with this kaleidoscopic version of the case which Henri d’Origny designed in 1978. Boosted by bold, funky, Ludo-esque blue, green, red or yellow and dials that show off the techniques of champlevé enamel, lacquer and transfer work in a 36-mm steel case, this Arceau Casaque takes us racing through time back to our childhood days.

Arceau Casaque © Hermès
Arceau Casaque © Hermès
IWC Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition "150 Years"

A red gold case hemmed with 206 round diamonds, a delightful moon-phase display that puts stars in our eyes, and the familiar curves that give this 1980s icon its classically chic style. Exactly a year after its revival, the Da Vinci watch joins the celebrations for the Manufacture’s 150th anniversary. Proposed as a limited edition of 50 pieces, boasting a classic 36-mm diameter and a mechanical movement, the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition “150 Years” is the birthday gift any woman would be delighted to receive.

Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition
Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition "150 Years" © IWC
Parmigiani Fleurier Kalparisma Nova Galaxy

Has it really been ten years since Parmigiani did watchmaking’s female fans the honour of the magnificent Kalparisma. As flamboyant as ever, it takes on a special aura for this ten-year anniversary. The dial, a glittering sky in aventurine glass, is dotted with the Kalparisma collection’s signature star that marks the seconds at 6 o’clock. Crafted from pink gold and highlighted with precious diamonds, the Kalparisma Nova Galaxy – a limited edition of 50 pieces – can count on the uncompromising precision of an in-house automatic movement.

Kalparisma Nova Galaxy © Parmigiani Fleurier
Kalparisma Nova Galaxy © Parmigiani Fleurier
Piaget Possession

The perpetual motion of time is captured in the endlessly rotating, pink gold, diamond-studded rings of the Possession watch. Piaget’s new signature collection lends itself to a whole host of dial executions, with lapis lazuli, malachite, turquoise and carnelian, and as many swappable straps to ring the changes. Ladies, do yourself a good turn.

Possession © Piaget
Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Lady

There may have been some disgruntled women when in 2017 the independent watchmaker dedicated its Insight Micro-Rotor to gents. Now balance has been restored with the introduction of a 39.5-mm Lady version, Romain Gauthier’s first ever women’s watch. Iridescent mother-of-pearl and a bidirectional micro-rotor in gold with a coating of diamonds show that style need not exclude mechanical substance. Fully-wound, this shimmering timepiece provides a full 80 hours of power reserve.

Insight Micro-rotor Lady © Romain Gauthier
Insight Micro-rotor Lady © Romain Gauthier
Ulysse Nardin Classico Jade

Diamonds and mother-of-pearl envelop this Classico Jade with sensual elegance. Enclosed in a 37-mm steel case, it reinvents itself to the beat of the star calibre in the collection: the UN-815 with automatic winding.

Classico Jade © Ulysse Nardin
Classico Jade © Ulysse Nardin
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Nuit Féérique

Van Cleef & Arpels takes women on a spectacular voyage to the heart of another “extraordinary dial”. White gold and diamonds combine for the 41-mm case. Even more diamonds, together with blue, pink and violet sapphires, aventurine, onyx, mother-of-pearl and delicate miniature painting magnificently capture the nocturnal decor of this unique piece. A hand-wound movement ticks away inside.

Lady Arpels Nuit Féérique © Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Nuit Féérique © Van Cleef & Arpels
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