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The top ten ladies’ watches for summer
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The top ten ladies’ watches for summer

Friday, 22 June 2018
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Marie de Pimodan-Bugnon
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“One must be absolutely modern.”

Arthur Rimbaud

It takes passion, a healthy dose of curiosity and a sense of wonderment to convey the innumerable facets of watchmaking…

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The wind in your hair at the wheel of a classic car or manning the ropes on deck, stretched out on hot sands or making waves, rock chick or dancing queen, how will you spend your summer? Answer in ten watches that will make you regret having only two wrists.

Aqua-chic

Whether coral reef snorkelling or at the bottom of the deep blue sea, you’re the ultimate bathing beauty. What’s that on your wrist? The Aquaracer Lady Calibre 9 Automatic by TAG Heuer. Water-resistant to 300 metres, 32mm steel case, rotating bezel, luminescent hands… and what else but diamond hour markers so that you can sparkle all summer long!

Aquaracer Lady Calibre 9 Automatic © TAG Heuer
Aquaracer Lady Calibre 9 Automatic © TAG Heuer
Tan-tastic

Be honest: your plans for summer go no further than an itsy-bitsy bikini and eight hours a day horizontal on a beach towel. Face up, face down, factor ten, face up, face down, factor ten, rinse and repeat until you have achieved that perfect tan. Contrasting with your golden skin we have the Laureato 38mm Ceramic White by Girard-Perregaux. Its secret weapon? A pristine white ceramic bracelet and case, studded with diamonds. Light on the wrist, it’s also highly resistant. Including to tanning oil.

Laureato 38mm Ceramic White © Girard Perregaux
Laureato 38mm Ceramic White © Girard Perregaux
Summer in the city

Summer by the sea? Not your style! You’d rather feel hard tarmac under your feet than golden sand any day of the week. Trade postcards for backstage passes to the best indie festivals. For some serious rock chick credentials, the Médor Rock Very Small Model by Hermès wraps its triple tour strap in smooth calfskin round your wrist. On a silver opaline dial, time keeps a low profile under the mirror-polished, pyramid-shaped stud that surmounts the steel case. It’s summer, and the night is young…

Médor Rock © Hermès
Médor Rock © Hermès
Drive time

You’ve got the car: a 1955 Austin Healey 100/4 BN1. You’ve got the watch: a Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph by Chopard complete with 39mm steel case, gem-set bezel, white mother-of-pearl dial and white rubber strap. Where to? Anywhere, as long as the pedal hits the metal! Because summer means adventure. As the white lines blur and your heart begins to race, your watch’s automatic movement doesn’t miss a beat. Normal, it’s COSC-certified!

Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph © Chopard
Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph © Chopard
Action girl

Wakeboarding, freediving, parasailing, trekking… You crave adrenaline? Action? The Royal Oak Offshore 37mm is built to endure whatever crazy-mad activity you get up to this summer. And in glorious colour, with a vivid pink dial contrasting with the glint of the stainless steel case and the sparkle of a diamond-set bezel. (And if nerves get the better of you, it works well under a beach umbrella, too).

Royal Oak Offshore 37mm © Audemars Piguet
Royal Oak Offshore 37mm © Audemars Piguet
Treasure hunt

We know, you can’t help yourself. You swore you’d never again give in to the temptation of precious stones but, hey, it’s summer after all. Remember though: not all treasure is buried at the end of a rainbow. Sometimes the rainbow is the treasure, or in this case a bezel surrounded by fabulous multicoloured sapphires. This Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona by Rolex doesn’t exactly blend in with the crowd but wear it in Porto Cervo and it won’t get a second glance. Well, maybe…

More on this new model here: https://trends.hautehorlogerie.org/#!/en/2018/selection/family/women-s/oyster-perpetual-cosmograph-daytona

Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona © Rolex
Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona © Rolex
Time flies

Summer staycation? Console yourself with the new Ladies Chronograph Ref. 7150/250R-001 by Patek Philippe, which gives a feminine touch to that most sporting of complications. A pink gold case, 38mm diameter, a perfect circle of diamonds on the bezel and a manual-wind movement – what’s not to like? Eyes riveted on the twin counters of this vintage-inspired chrono, summer will fly by. Wadda ya know, it’s Fall already!

More details here: https://trends.hautehorlogerie.org/#!/en/2018/selection/family/women-s/ladies-chronograph-ref-7150-250r-001

Ladies Chronograph Ref. 7150/250R-001 © Patek Philippe
Ladies Chronograph Ref. 7150/250R-001 © Patek Philippe
Star quality

What could be more romantic than a long summer’s evening spent gazing at the Moon, the shooting stars, the constellations and the entire Milky Way, hand-in-hand with the one you love? Except the grass is itchy. The bugs bite. And it’s freezing at night. Worry not, Van Cleef & Arpels has transposed its Planétarium to a 38mm Lady Arpels case. Set against an aventurine sky, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and the Moon have never seemed so near. Admire their heavenly ballet without end – and without the itching.

Read more here: https://trends.hautehorlogerie.org/#!/en/2018/selection/family/women-s/lady-arpels-planetarium

Lady Arpels Planétarium © Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Planétarium © Van Cleef & Arpels
A spot of culture

Picture yourself languishing on the polished teak deck of a yacht, the Land of the Rising Sun just beyond the horizon. Of course, you chose your destination with an objective in mind: to learn more about pearl cultivation, and specifically the Akoya pearls that adorn the strap of your new Lady 8 Petite Akoya by Jaquet Droz. Who could resist those shimmering spheres of nacre, set in a halo of gold and diamonds. In the meantime, “oyster” the main sail!

More information here: https://trends.hautehorlogerie.org/#!/en/2018/selection/family/women-s/lady-8-petite-akoya

Lady 8 Petite Akoya © Jaquet Droz
Lady 8 Petite Akoya © Jaquet Droz
All day and all of the night

If, having worn out your stilettos with too many nights on the dancefloor, you’re totally out of touch with time, the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night will bring you back down to earth. The second the Moon dips beneath the dial and the Sun appears, you’ll know it’s time to rise and shine or, if it’s been another long night, time to go home to bed.

Learn more at: https://trends.hautehorlogerie.org/#!/en/2018/selection/family/women-s/rotonde-de-cartier-mysterious-day-night

Rotonde de Cartier Jour et Nuit Mystérieux
Rotonde de Cartier Jour et Nuit Mystérieux
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