2019 Basel Fair may not have satisfied the purists and watch enthusiasts for men’s watches, but it was a great year for women’s watches. This year independent and mainstream brands made an honest effort to showcase ladies’ watches. We have selected best five watches from the fair just in time for Mother’s Day.
MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
This is MB&F’s first three-dimensional watch dedicated to women.
A high, extravagantly convex dome of sapphire crystal rises from the bezel. Beneath the dome, a subtly curved dial plate, liquidly black with layers of stretched lacquer or glittering with blazing white diamonds.
An asymmetric ventricular opening in the dial plate frames the heart of the LM FlyingT engine – a cinematic flying tourbillon that beats at a serene rate of 2.5Hz (18,000vph). The tourbillon projects high above the rest of the engine, a kinetic, dynamic column that stops just short of the apex of the sapphire crystal dome. Affixed to the top of the upper tourbillon cage is a single large diamond that rotates simultaneously with the flying tourbillon, emitting the fiery brilliance of the very best quality stones.
At the 7 o’clock position – another reference to the numeric theme that runs throughout LM FlyingT – is a dial of black or white lacquer that displays the hours and minutes with a pair of elegant serpentine hands in blued gold. The dial is inclined at a 50° tilt so that the time can be read only by the wearer, an intimate communication that highlights the personal nature of LM FlyingT. On the reverse, the automatic winding rotor takes the shape of a three-dimensional red gold sun with sculpted rays, providing LM FlyingT with four days of power reserve.
The LM FlyingT launches in three 18K white gold versions:
Diamond-set case with black lacquer dial plate $115,000
Fully diamond-set case and dial plate $145,000
Fully baguette diamond-set case and dial plate $315,000
RJ Arraw Ladies Star Twist
RJ, previously known as Romain Jerome, has a reinvented itself with new collection appealing to both men and women. The Arraw Ladies collection has a patented spinning bezel fitted on a 39mm titanium or red gold case which has a trendy look and feel. The Star Twist name is drawn from the colorful gemstones which reflect the beauty and diversity of space with precious sapphires, topazes and amethysts.
The dials are available in four different colors. Each dial represents a different deep-sky object: Titanium Blue Spiral Galaxy, Titanium Purple Spiral Galaxy, Titanium Glowing Eye Nebula, and Gold Blue Magellanic Cloud. Each color is limited to 100 editions.
The RJ-2000 automatic movement displays central hours, minutes, and seconds and has a date aperture at 3 o’clock. Star Twist is waterproof up to 100 meters and is equipped with the interchangeable strap system that allows the strap to be released with a simple ‘click’ by pushing simultaneously on the two lug screws. The retail price of Star Twist Titanium is $16,200, and Gold Blue is $31,800.
Bvlgari Serpenti Seduttori Rose Gold and Diamonds
Bvlgari has extended the Serpenti collection with a bold new Serpenti Seduttori in rose gold. This new collection features an unprecedented design that represents a bold new chapter for the world of Serpenti timepieces with its iconic drop-shaped watch head, a motif that comes from the Serpenti Tubogas watch.
Serpenti is known for its recognizable case shape and the new Seduttori is thinner than ever before; it has a flexible new bracelet inspired by the original Serpenti watches and is crowned in cabochon-cut gemstones in a nod to Bvlgari’s DNA as the Roman jeweler. The Serpenti Seduttori collection also includes watches in yellow gold, white gold, and diamond pavé.
Serpenti Seduttori has a lovely 18kt rose gold bracelet with hexagonal stylized pattern and folding buckle; 18kt rose gold 33mm case set with 38 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.38 ct); 18kt rose gold crown set with a cabochon-cut pink rubellite; opaline silver-toned dial; and a high-precision quartz movement. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters. The retail price of Seduttori Rose Gold with Diamonds is $27,100.
Bell & Ross BR S Black Diamond Eagle Diamonds
Bell & Ross introduced the BRS women’s collection in 2016. BRS pays tribute to the twinkling stars that punctuate the celestial sphere like an array of tiny spotlights illuminating the night. For 2019 BRS model, the brand used the Aquila, or Eagle Constellation, one of the brightest clusters of stars in the Milky Way.
The BR S Black Diamond Eagle 39mm in diameter, and has a slim profile with the BR-CAL.102. Quartz movement. The case is polished black ceramic and the steel bezel is set with 66 white diamonds totaling 0.99 ct. The black dial has hour circle featuring metal appliqués and depicts the Aquila constellation represented by 7 diamonds.
This feminine watch has two strap options – black satin calfskin leather or black ceramic bracelet. BR S Black Diamond Eagle Diamonds on retail price is $6,900 on satin strap, and $7,400 on bracelet.
Claude Meylan Petite Tortue
The Petite Tortue has a unique case design in the shape of a turtle. The movement is partially revealed, which gives the overall appearance of a feminine yet technical watch. The dial reveals the balance wheel and the rotor at 6 o’clock. The Tortue case diameter is 31mm x 31mm and the case height is 11mm.
This watch has a special automatic movement with base ETA 2671 caliber, but instead of the full rotor, Claude Mylan has re-worked it with a micro-rotor with côtes de Genève decoration. The rhodium-plated dial and the 3 o’clock bridge are adorned with a fine sunrise guilloche. The time indication is up at 12 o’clock with polished and brush dauphine-style hands for the hours
and minutes, and is balanced by the rotor at 6 o’clock.
A satin strap compliments the overall feminine design of the Petite Tortue. The retail price of the watch is CHF 4,500.
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