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Watches And Wonders 2021: Best Women’s Watches

Bejewelled creations and beautiful craftsmanship to set hearts aflutter.

A. LANGE & SÖHNE Little Lange 1 Moon Phase

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase

The Little Lange 1 has been keeping a low profile of late, since the three boutique editions in 2018 with scalloped dials and gorgeous colours, and the one-off anniversary model in 2019. So, we’re delighted it’s come back this year and in such spectacular fashion, too.

An exquisite hand-wound moonphase complication that requires no adjustment for 122.6 years, the white gold watch features a captivating new dial in midnight blue, coated with gold flux that shimmers with the subtlest iridescence. It is a literal, yet magical, transposing of a starlit sky on a watch that suits the Little Lange 1 Moon Phase – and legions of women Lange fans - perfectly.

CHOPARD Happy Diamonds Joaillerie

Chopard Happy Diamonds Joaillerie
Since the collection was launched in 1976, many a lady has been charmed by Chopard’s Happy Diamonds watches. Free-spirited diamonds dance atop the dial in a whimsical touch that’s both innovative and playful. This year, the Maison takes the cheekiness to another level with a game of hide-and-seek.

A scintillating Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial forms the playground on which 15 diamonds swirl around. On the top half of the dial, a raised arc provides a hidden retreat where the diamonds—which come in two sizes— escape from sight temporarily. Housed in an 18K ethical rose gold case embellished with diamonds around the bezel and inner dial, the timepiece is a magnificent display of light and shadows.

CARTIER Pasha Serti Vibrant

Cartier Pasha Serti Vibrant
Last year, this sexy stunner was introduced with an iced-out bracelet that would put most bejewelled tickers to shame. This year, the model comes in a more reserved—but still eminently elegant—black alligator leather strap for a more subdued aesthetic.

As its name suggests, the Pasha Serti Vibrant comes with a dial that’s fully paved with 318 brilliant-cut diamonds that 'vibrate' with the slightest movement of the wrist. An innovation introduced in the 2015 Ballon Bleu, the invisible vibrating system with diamonds set on metallic rods and springs, has since been adapted to the Pasha, in what we’d call a sparkling success.

VACHERON CONSTANTIN Égérie Self-Winding Diamond-Pavé

Vacheron Constantin Égérie Self-Winding Diamond-Pavé
If you’ve been around here long enough, you would be familiar with our love for the Vacheron Constantin Égérie collection. Launched last year, the Égérie is truly the modern woman’s timepiece, large enough at 35mm and 37mm to fit contemporary trends, but still utterly feminine with a touch of haute couture. Check out our video review of its debut here.

The new versions this year come in a 35mm case, in either 18K white or pink gold, set with 303 round-cut diamonds and the trademark off-centred crown and sub-dial which, in this version, displays the date. Like the previous models, the Égérie Self-Winding Diamond-Pavé comes with two interchangeable straps—one satin, and one Mississippiensis alligator leather—that the wearer can swap with ease. And, if you’re keeping score, the total diamond count on this baby is 912, or approximately 4.10 carats.


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Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".

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