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Ten ladies’ watches from Baselworld
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Ten ladies’ watches from Baselworld

Wednesday, 03 April 2019
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Exhibitors at Baselworld remembered that women watch buyers aren’t to be overlooked. Even so, only a few made a noticeable effort to introduce originality into collections, resulting in a rather predictable crop of new releases overall.

Bulgari Serpenti Seduttori

Alongside the Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic, the Serpenti Seduttori is the big new release from Bulgari. The watchmaker-jeweller returns with a fresh interpretation of its cult snake-inspired watch whose redesigned bracelet perfectly fits the drop-shaped case. Thinner than before and in gold only, it is the ultimate in seduction and a shining example of the Italian brand’s immense talent.

Serpenti Seduttori © Bulgari
Serpenti Seduttori © Bulgari
Chanel Boy∙Friend Tweed Art

Launched in 2016, the Boy∙Friend is Chanel’s answer to the dilemma of who wears whose watch. A nod to the Première – the brand’s first incursion into watchmaking – it now dons its very own tweed jacket. After working its texture into the strap, tweed returns on this beige gold version as a Grand Feu enamel dial, the work of enamel artist Anita Porchet.

Boy∙Friend Tweed Art © Chanel
Boy∙Friend Tweed Art © Chanel
Chopard L’Heure du Diamant

Jewellery watches are a tradition for the Scheufele family, owners of Chopard, and the L’Heure du Diamant collection is a dazzling illustration. This piece, which measures 30mm in diameter, combines the majesty of diamonds and hard stone dials (malachite, lapis-lazuli or opal) with the 09.01-C automatic movement which is developed and made at Fleurier Ebauches, Chopard’s second production unit alongside Manufacture L.U.C.

L'Heure du Diamant © Chopard
L'Heure du Diamant © Chopard
Round Graff Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Watch

No-one is likely to forget Graff this year and its incredible watches lavished with yellow diamonds. This fancy diamond is infinitely rarer than its white counterpart – hence the monk-like patience required to assemble a sufficient quantity and quality of stones to set on three exceptional watches. On this piece, 211 diamonds weighing 59.25 carats are invisibly set to form a stunning carpet of stones.

Yellow Diamond © Graff
Yellow Diamond © Graff
H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Centre Seconds Diamonds Purity

Over the course of the years, H. Moser & Cie. has carved a reputation for watches reduced to the bare essentials, including for the most complicated among them, and for dials in an array of colours any painter would die for. With its Blue Lagoon dial, interrupted only by four hour markers and edged with a row of diamonds on the bezel, this automatic Endeavour in a 38mm steel case is a shining example of this singular aesthetic.

Endeavour Centre Seconds Diamonds Purity © H. Moser & Cie
Endeavour Centre Seconds Diamonds Purity © H. Moser & Cie
Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski Titanium Alternative Pavé

Richard Orlinski is a longstanding friend of Hublot; the two partners have already collaborated on bold, architectural watches deploying multiple straight edges, facets and angles. For this Classic Fusion, the artist has expressed his signature style in the more restrained volumes of a case measuring 40mm across and 11.10mm high. The result is a watch with softer angles and mirror effects on the dial, further accentuated by the brilliance of diamonds on the paved versions.

Classic Fusion Orlinski Titanium Alternative Pavé © Hublot
Classic Fusion Orlinski Titanium Alternative Pavé © Hublot
MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT Black Lacquer

Until now, MB&F founder Max Büsser had only ever imagined masculine and, at times, very masculine watches, despite the many feminine influences in his life. A “wrong” now righted with this Legacy Machine FlyingT for women, dominated by a flying tourbillon that forms a kinetic art piece beneath its crystal dome. Adorned with diamonds, it will conquer the wrist and the heart of its owner.

Legacy Machine FlyingT Laqué © MB&F
Legacy Machine FlyingT Laqué © MB&F
Patek Philippe Ladies Automatic Nautilus Ref. 7118 1R

The Ladies Automatic Nautilus made its debut at Patek Philippe with a diamond-set bezel. Completing the range this year is this sportier version in pink gold sans diamonds. The golden opaline dial is bang on-trend, as is the elegantly fluid gold bracelet which also benefits from a new adjustment system.

Nautilus Lady Automatic Ref. 7118 1R © Patek Philippe
Nautilus Lady Automatic Ref. 7118 1R © Patek Philippe
Rolex Day-Date 36

A case in the same 18k yellow gold as the President bracelet with its semi-circular links, a dial made from turquoise with yellow gold markers and Roman numerals outlined with diamonds, a further 52 diamonds on the bezel, the new-generation calibre 3255 with Superlative Chronometer certification, water-resistance to 100 metres… this new rendition of the Rolex Day-Date 36 is the kind of watch you won’t ever want to be without.

Day Date 36 © Rolex
Day Date 36 © Rolex
Tudor Black Bay

Sporting a champagne-coloured dial and snowflake hands, the new Tudor Black Bay in all-over steel and gold hits exactly the right note with its irresistible sport-meets-vintage inflection, confirmed by a classic mechanical movement. Proposed in three sizes (32, 36 and 41mm), it makes no secret of its ties to Tudor’s dive watches. One way to make a splash without getting a soaking…

Black Bay © Tudor
Black Bay © Tudor
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