Christmas Watches For LadiesWritten by Joshua Yap
Five sparkly ways to mark the most wonderful time of the year.
Yup, ‘tis the season for wrist pampering. Whether a gift option from your loved one, or a reward for another fruitful year, here are our recommendations if you want to go the whole nine yards with a new watch for Christmas.
Breguet – Reine de Naples Princesse 8965
Caroline Murat was quite the trendsetter back in the day, commissioning Breguet to create the first-ever watch to be worn on the wrist in 1810. The timepiece went on to inspire an entire collection named after the Queen of Naples, and modern-day influencers ought to include the latest model on their #lustlist. A mélange of contrasts, the graphic lines and bold Roman numerals on its white mother-of-pearl dial are set against the soft, harmonious curves of its diamond-set oval-shaped case in 18K rose gold. Fitted with an automatic movement, it comes with an alligator leather strap or matching bracelet.
Franck Muller – Flower
To the gentleman who is still hunting for the perfect gift for his lady this festive season, why not surprise her with this timeless bouquet of flowers from Franck Muller? Taking the classic rectangular form of the Long Island collection, the watch has a mother-of-pearl dial adorned with appliqué relief orchids – a blossom that symbolises love, beauty, luxury, and strength. Available in nine different colours to suit her preference and wardrobe, it comes in stainless steel or 18K rose gold. But to show her how special she truly is to you, only the version encrusted with 162 diamonds will do.
Bell & Ross – BR S Novarosa
The BR S Novarosa shatters the stereotype of what a ladies watch should look like. Instead of emulating the curvaceous lines of its counterparts, it proudly shows off the angular appeal it has inherited from the BR family, which is famously inspired by aviation instrument panels. Yet, it is unashamed to reveal its softer side, taking on a delicate shade of pink for its dial that mimics the ethereal hue of a supernova. Three versions of this beauty are available, with or without diamond indexes and a diamond-set bezel, all in a stainless steel case measuring 39mm across and fitted with a quartz movement.
Harry Winston – Midnight Automatic 29mm
Possibly setting a new standard for ladies dress watches, this bejewelled piece may be daintily sized, but it’s festooned with 72 brilliant-cut diamonds – including eight on its mother-of-pearl dial and three larger ones adorning the structure by the crown that recalls the arched doorway of Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue flagship boutique. No mere wallflower, it is also endowed with a high-end self-winding movement featuring a silicon balance spring, 22K rose gold rotor, and exquisite hand-finishing, which is displayed by a sapphire crystal case back. Available in 18K rose or white gold.
TAG Heuer – Carrera Heuer-02T Baguette Diamonds
Last year, TAG Heuer raised the ire of its counterparts by releasing the Carrera Heuer-02T – the most affordable Swiss-made tourbillon watch. Well, consider this the brand’s way of extending an olive branch to its peers as it bumps up the model’s price considerably by setting a ring of 68 baguette-cut diamonds into a white gold bezel. And the precious metal and gems work surprisingly well here, as it highlights the technical multi-layered dial and flying tourbillon. Otherwise, it remains largely faithful to its forbear, from its 45mm case in grade 5 titanium to its self-winding movement with a 65-hour power reserve.
Though he wasn’t inducted into the world of watch journalism by choice, Joshua was hooked by mechanical horological wonders in no time. Although he personally favours modestly sized, no-nonsense timepieces, he sometimes misses the outrageous mind-bogglers of the pre-Credit Crunch years. As he dreams of owning a modern haute horlogerie watch one day, he’s currently content scouring the Internet for vintage value buys.