Four Movements For Ladies’ Watches To KnowWritten by Brian Jones
Girl power ftw.
It’s no secret that the luxury watch world has long been a boys’ club. But that’s quickly changing. Female collectors are purchasing watches in record numbers, and the selections they’re making reflect a growing appetite for complicated movements.
They’re making a resounding statement with their wallets, and brands are responding by outfitting more ladies’ offerings with in-house movements that any collector, male or female, would be proud to own. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most gorgeous—and groundbreaking — examples of mechanical movements designed with women’s wrists in mind.
Patek Philippe Ladies First Chronograph
The original chronograph, the Ref. 7071, was a fixture in the brand’s boutiques until 2016. The watch was revived at Baselworld last year with a new reference that featured an elegant round case and a completely new face, but the same exceptional calibre.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101
Because only a handful of watchmakers have mastered its painstaking manufacturing process, Jaeger-LeCoultre only produces 50 per year. The most incredible thing about some of these jewellery pieces? Their diamonds are actually bigger than the movement.
The Ladybird has endured as a symbol of elegance over the years, with variations to accommodate female collectors’ changing tastes. In 2016, Blancpain marked the piece’s 60th anniversary with a handful of new variations, including a limited-edition piece with an updated self-winding movement. The new Calibre 6150 measures just 15.7mm in diameter, which places it right alongside its ancestor as one of the world’s smallest.
Christophe Claret Margot
Each time the wearer presses the pusher at two o’clock, a petal—or sometimes two; it’s impossible to know—is plucked from the flower on the dial. Once the petals have been plucked, the eagerly anticipated answer to the ‘love’ question is revealed via an aperture at four o’clock.
But there’s even more to this playful watch than meets the eye. Turning Margot over reveals a delicately carved automatic winding rotor. The rotor is adorned with a red lacquer heart and surrounded by colourful precious stones symbolising various feelings. When the rotor spins, it ultimately lands on a 'feeling', and the wearer’s romantic fate is revealed.
Born in the outskirts of Washington D.C., Brian is currently based in the outskirts of Seoul. Along with writing about all things horological, he's been known to pen pieces on men's fashion, sports and popular culture. When he's not writing, he can be found travelling the continent, fumbling in his attempts to speak the local tongues.