The majority of women’s watches above the price of CHF 50,000 are heavy on diamonds and other precious stones, and many can be categorised as jewellery watches, with the inevitable eye-watering price tag. But there is also a growing choice of haute horlogerie timepieces for women, some with grand complications.
Chopard – Gardens of Barbados inspiration: CHF 459,000
Gardens of Barbados © Chopard
“Rihanna loves Chopard” is a high jewellery collection unveiled in Cannes last May, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the film festival and the 20th anniversary of its partnership with Chopard. The singer and fashion icon didn’t just lend her name to the collection, she also played an active part in designing the range, adding her special brand of urban glamour to Chopard’s refinement. As well as jewellery, the collection includes this sublime self-winding automatic watch, clothed in a lacy filigree of diamonds totalling 30.76 ct.
The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle case measures 29.5mm wide by 42.2mm tall and a mere 9.3mm thick. The comprehensive execution of this 18-karat golden Roman numeral structures and rivets that surround the motion are extremely cool to look at it – it feels like something King Midas would approve of.The rhodium-plated, baton-shaped palms offer a nice contrast with the golden constructions, and also to keep things simple, the movement only signifies the time with minutes and hours. There is a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective cure within the skeletonized dial and a screw-in sapphire case-back which helps keep the watch’s water-resistance of 30 meters. The crown itself is a distinctive signature and something I can appreciate for the sake of symmetry and equilibrium. Due to this movement’s orientation, it’s located at 6 o’clock and includes deep grooves for easy operation.The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle is a wristwatch that is going to be catering to a very specific pair of watch enthusiasts, to say the least. An art-deco, gold watch with a skeletonized dial which still feels as strong as, well, a bridge blends together a real masculine view of luxury with a refinement that’s abundantly and clearly made clear.The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle watch comes on a brown alligator leather strap with an 18k rose gold triple-folding grip. When there are surely a lot of options in the method of timepieces in its budget, the Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle watch offers something unique with its open dial and linear motion display. In ways, it reveals the brand’s commitment to continuing the Golden Bridge tradition while exercising restraint that is both tasteful and innovative. The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle watch will probably be priced at $36,900. Then, the newest revived the Bubble watch in 2015. And today, it is one of the more important collections, so much so that they made a decision to make a exceptional piece working with the iconic Bubble design. This really is the Corum Bubble 47 Flying Tourbillon watch, including not only a tourbillon however a menacing skull for a dial.
Corum Heritage Sublissima or rose : CHF 86,400
Heritage Sublissima, or rose © Corum
Rose gold, mother-of-pearl and diamonds are a winning combination for this ultra-feminine timepiece. This traditional round watch, part of Corum’s Heritage collection, embodies timeless style, with its delicately understated and breathtakingly elegant design. The 25 diamonds embellishing the 38 mm case appear oversized compared with how the bezels of ladies’ watches are usually set, and for good reason: they total 6.16 ct. The watch is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement with a 50-hour power reserve.
de Grisogono Luna S02: CHF 73,200
Luna S02 © de Grisogono
As is usual for de Grisogono’s ladies’ collections, the new Luna range offers a wide variety of different setting options in a plethora of bold and vivid colours. We went for the black model with guilloché dial and shagreen strap. The curvaceous white gold case is set with 162 diamonds in 35 different sizes, with the largest stone in the central 6 o’clock position, producing a bold three-dimensional effect. The hours and minutes are powered by a quartz movement and elegantly displayed by dauphine hands. The corrector is hidden on the back of the watch.
Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Eight Flower CHF 178,200
Lady 8 Eight Flower © Jaquet Droz
More than simply a jewellery watch, the Lady 8 Flower is also an automaton. Under its sapphire dome, a white gold lotus flower opens and closes on demand via a push-piece, revealing the diamond hidden in its centre. The time is displayed below, on a white gold dial set with 353 diamonds, contrasting with the blue sapphires that define the outline of the case. Inside the watch are the gears that activate the floral automaton and the self-winding mechanical movement, which has a 38-hour power reserve, and is wound by a platinum rotor.
Van Cleef – Charms Extraordinaire Fée Rose de Nuit – CHF 63,900
Charms Extraordinaire Fée Rose de Nuit © Van Cleef & Arpels
A fairy, a flower, stars and a half moon : Van Cleef & Arpels has accustomed us to finding movement in its delicate figures and has succeeded in making the display of time poetic. On this Charms model, however, the scene is static and we find two conventional hands. But the magic is still there. The gracious fairy has a touch of marvel, the sculptured mother-of-pearl petals seem to flutter, and the hand-painted night sky with its diamond celestial bodies invokes a sense of mystery. The white-gold case has three rows of sapphires and diamonds in a gradient of sizes and a floral charm that follows the movements of the wrist.
Patek Philippe- 7140G– CHF 82,000
Réf. 7140G © Patek Philippe
Some lucky person will receive a Patek Philippe grand complication watch this Christmas – perhaps even this ultra-thin automatic perpetual calendar. This new version in white gold (the timepiece was originally released in rose gold) with sunray silvered dial, features 68 diamonds around the bezel. It comes fitted with a matching grey alligator strap, but the additional turquoise green strap gives it an extremely modern appeal. Inside beats the Calibre 240Q, just 3.75 mm deep – a development of the famous micro-rotor Calibre 240, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year – with perpetual calendar, moon phase and 24-hour indications.