Watches And Wonders 2022: Best Women’s Watches

Feminine timepieces we love from the Geneva fair.

Cartier Libre

Cartier Libre

Every year, we look forward to seeing how Cartier will surprise us with its Libre collection and, as always, we’re never disappointed. ‘Libre’ (which means ‘free’) is essentially carte blanche for the Maison to showcase its creative chops as much as it wants. This year, it takes inspiration from a rock crystal and diamond bracelet worn by actress Gloria Swanson in the 1930s.
 
A reversible, flexible watch/bracelet, the timepiece/jewellery piece features a series of triangular links with specially designed springs and settings for diamonds to be integrated directly into the case, allowing the stones to shine as they are. This limited edition of the Cartier Libre is available in three models with precious metals and stones.
 
Chanel Mademoiselle J12 La Pausa

Chanel Mademoiselle J12 La Pausa

Launched in 1999, Chanel’s J12 timepieces have come to be loved by both the fashion elite and watch aficionados alike, with their innovative time-telling functions, ceramic hardware and unisex sizes.
 
We’re loving the quirky Mademoiselle J12 La Pausa in black ceramic and 18K white gold, which sees an animated Mademoiselle Chanel figure taking pride of place in the middle of the black lacquered dial, her hands used to indicate hours and minutes. Running on the in-house automatic Calibre 12.1, the 38mm watch offers 70 hours of power reserve and features a circle of 46 baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel, with one brilliant-cut diamond on the crown.
 
Chopard Happy Sport 33mm

Chopard Happy Sport 33mm

Synonymous with Chopard, the Happy Sport collection sees a 33mm addition this year in 18K ethical rose gold. Five dancing diamonds glide across the satin-brushed dial in a gorgeous rose gold case housing the Chopard 09.01-C movement within.
 
Understated, yet oozing with feminine charm and sophistication, this 33mm Happy Sport is for the confident urban professional as much as it is for the stylish girl-next-door. A true versatile wrist companion.
 
Patek Philippe Ref. 7121/200G-001

Patek Philippe Ref. 7121/200G-001

Often considered one of the most romantic complications, the moonphase display has graced the Ref. 7121J since 2013. This year, it gets a 33mm white gold case with a double row of 132 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel, set with the Dentelle lacework technique.
 
A beautiful blue sunray dial forms the canvas for the white gold stars to glitter as if high up in the night sky, while Breguet numerals add to the elegance of the timepiece. Inside beats Patek Philippe’s smallest complicated movement, the manual Calibre 215 PS LU with a power reserve of up to 44 hours.
 
Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Available in 18K white or pink gold with mother-of-pearl dials, the Traditionelle Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin timepieces are gem-set beauties in 36.5mm, fitted for the first time with interchangeable straps that can be swapped out at the push of a button.
 
Featuring the in-house Calibre 1120 QP measuring just 4.05mm thick, the watch displays days, dates, months, and years (including a leap year indication), as well as a moonphase window at six o’clock. The sapphire caseback allows a view of the meticulously finished movement with circular graining, Côtes de Genève motifs and an openworked Maltese cross rotor. 


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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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