Watches and Wonders, was the first physical version of this new format watch show in Geneva. Watches and Wonders is an extension of the original Salon International de Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) with not only the founding Richemont brands present but arrivals from the now defunct Baselworld show such as Rolex, Patek Philippe and Chopard.
The result is a vast well-organised, luxuriously appointed, soothingly cream-colored exhibition with a watch array the likes of which have never before seen in the Palexpo halls. Although men’s watches still rule the waves , here are 12 of the best luxury women’s watches as spotted at Watches & Wonders.
Cartier’s Privé and Metiers d’Art watches did not disappoint with their elaborate decorations and rich colors. Chanel ventures into even more whimsical territory with its Caged Birds necklace watch. Van Cleef & Arpels once again delighted with its Poetic Complications and this time a meadow of blossoming flowers tracks the hours. The Hermès Kelly padlock watch goes from strength to strength with a more precious and versatile jewelry version. With an archive of scarf designs to choose from, the Arceau Les folies du ciel has a colorful enamel depicting the folly of men’s early attempts to fly.
Houses such as Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin proved that serious horology can also be exquisitely beautiful with their respective moon phase and perpetual calendar for women.
On the jewellery side, Piaget’s Limelight Gala Precious with its intricately ‘Palace’ engraved gold bracelet and perfect degradation of diamonds merging into tsavorites on the dial was a highlight. Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed and whole new calibre that randomly sends a shooting star across the inky blue aventurine dial of the gold Rendez-Vous. Though not strictly a women’s watch, I was impressed with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40 with its sequence of pink, blue and purple sapphires set perfectly flush into the fully-functioning rotating bezel. One for a sunny day setting sail from Miami.
The range of craftsmanship and ingenuity shown in these 12 watches confirms that women are more and more an important segment of the luxury watch market.
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