The holiday gift-giving season is over, and we stand on the cusp of a New Year. However, as we wrap up our series on notable timepieces from this year’s Swiss watch fairs with an array of ladies’ watches, in all price ranges, we remind one and all that Valentine’s Day is not that far off. Scroll down to check out the selections.
Patek Philippe’s Annual Calendar is presented in a precious and refined version. The 38-mm rose-gold case has been redesigned with more pronounced curves to accentuate its feminine nature. All indications, including moon-phase, are set against a white Balinese mother-of-pearl dial with gold Arabic numerals. The bezel, case, lugs, crown and buckle are set with 374 diamonds. Automatic movement. Sapphire caseback. $70,310.
Piaget’s Altiplano Chronograph is the world’s thinnest hand-wound flyback chronograph and measures 8.24 mm. This version has a 41-mm white-gold case and a bezel set with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.8 carats). The movement is the world’s thinnest hand-wound flyback chronograph movement at 4.65 mm. Small-seconds and 30-minute counters and second time zone at 9 o’clock. Black alligator strap with white-gold buckle. $40,400.
Top Wesselton diamonds and pastel sapphires combine to suggest the image of a swan gliding over the water on the dial of the Carl F. Bucherer Pathos Swan. The swan symbolizes elegance and beauty as well as the city of Lucerne and its eponymous lake. The hour and minutes hands and the crown and aureole are characteristic of Bucherer’s Pathos collection. A total of 922 diamonds and sapphires adorn the 34-mm rose-gold case, dial and bracelet. CFB 1851 quartz movement. Limited edition of 88 pieces. $171,600.
The limited-edition Ralph Lauren 867 Deco Diamond timepiece evokes the glamour and elegance of the Art Deco era. It is set with baguette diamonds and black spinel, which create a geometric pattern on the watch’s square case. The dial features a combination of Roman and Arabic numerals. The watch is equipped with the RL430 movement made by Piaget for Ralph Lauren. It is being sold exclusively at Ralph Lauren’s newly renovated Rodeo Drive flagship. Price upon request.
Each of the three models in the Roger Dubuis Black Velvet trilogy features the use of gem-set carbon, which required a newly evolved and patented technique. This high-tech material is 10 times lighter than gold and offers an airy feel on the wrist. The multi-layered technique creates a mottled, wave-like appearance and a new look. Shown here, a model with 66 Paraiba tourmalines (approx. 1 carat) set on the bezel and “third lug” décor with a dove gray satin-finished fabric strap. RD821 self-winding movement. Limited edition of 88 pieces. As shown: $59,300.
In 2008, Jaquet Droz launched the Grande Seconde SW, its athletic version of the brand’s famous model with two subdials forming the figure 8. This year, Jaquet Droz has unveiled the sporty and feminine Grande Seconde SW Lady. Its stainless-steel case, 41 mm in diameter, is set with 40 diamonds (0.86 carat) that surround a mother-of-pearl dial. The winding crown is surrounded by a sporty rubber ring. The alligator strap is an elegant powdered violet color. Self-winding Jaquet Droz movement. $21,000.
The Bulgari Bulgari Piccola Catene is named “small chains” in Italian because its articulated bracelet flows around the wrist like a second skin. The chain bracelet encircles a dainty 22-mm case that has either the brand’s double signature or 31 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel. Available in four versions: in white or rose gold; with bracelet, clasp and links partially set or entirely set with diamonds; with a black or mother-of-pearl dial set with 12 brilliant-cut diamonds, or with a dial entirely pavéd with diamonds. As shown, white-gold version with diamond-set bezel (approx. 0.56 carats); bracelet, clasp and links set with 32 diamonds (approx. 0.96 carats); and 12 diamond hour markers (approx. 0.06 carats). B033 quartz movement. As shown: $32,000.