Christmas gifts – Six elegant women’s watches from CHF 10,000 to CHF 50,000
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia : CHF 16,800
Are you a white gold or a rose gold kind of person? With the new Saxonia model, you can be either. If you have trouble deciding, sorry: the price is no help, since both models cost exactly the same.
The model we have chosen comes in either white gold, for those who favour discretion, or rose gold, for the woman who’s not afraid to draw attention. It is driven by a hand-wound manufacture movement which can be viewed through the sapphire caseback. The watch face features a mother-of-pearl dial with baton indices, and hour, minute and small second hands in gold to match the case. The watch comes with a snow-white alligator strap to go with any outfit.
Saxonia © A. Lange & Söhne
Audemars Piguet Millenary : CHF 27,800 (rose gold) or CHF 30,000 (white gold)
Rather than buying a different watch to suit every occasion, why not choose one that will fit in anywhere? The Millenary collection has followed the fashion for interchangeable bracelets, offering a plethora of different colours and materials.
From flexible rubber to tactile velvet, from cool textile to comfortable alligator, from light colours to dark… There’s something for everyone. The oval 39.5 mm case in white or pink gold has an openworked dial that shows the manual winding mechanism, plus a small seconds register, and an off-centre mother-of-pearl disc displaying the hours and minutes.
Millenary © Audemars Piguet
Parmigiani Fleurier Kalparisma Calendar : CHF 34,500
The Kalparisma collection is the women’s version of the Kalpa. This women’s watch is not just a smaller-sized version of the men’s – the collection has been completely redesigned for women. A full-gold model caught our eye.
Faithful to the iconic Parmigiani shape, this watch has a tonneau-shaped 18K rose gold case (37.5 mm x 31.2 mm), with an automatic movement. From the diamond-set bezel to the crown, not forgetting the bracelet, everything is made of rose gold. Only the dial contrasts, with its ivory hue and sunray guilloché motif. This eminently feminine watch shows not only hours, minutes and seconds, but also the date, via a window at 6 o’clock.
Kalparisma Calendar © Parmigiani Fleurier
Piaget Altiplano : CHF 18,800 or CHF 26,800 (diamond-set bezel)
This year, the Altiplano collection celebrates its 60th birthday. In honour of the occasion, Piaget has brought out a selection of new models in different colours. In keeping with their heritage, the new timepieces have the distinctive extra-thin profile and minimalist dial.
We have selected a pink Altiplano, to bring a touch of colour to the festive season. The watch comes in a polished white gold 34 mm case, and is driven by the 430P hand-wound movement, the descendant of the ultra-thin calibre 9P. The radiant pink dial gives this elegant and luminous piece a decidedly feminine allure. The slender shape of the baton indices is echoed in the hour and minute hands. The watch comes complete with matching pink alligator strap.
Altiplano © Piaget
Ulysse Nardin Classic Lady Dual Time : CHF 13,500
Thanks to a ground-breaking mechanism created by Ulysse Nardin, you no longer need to fear for your manicure. The second time zone is adjusted by simply pressing one of the two pushers between 8 and 10 o’clock.
To complement the winter season, we have chosen a midnight blue model whose dial is scattered with diamonds, like snowflakes falling from the sky. This stunningly elegant watch comes in a steel 37.5 mm case, and is driven by an automatic movement with silicon escapement. As its name suggests, it displays two time zones – one on the hands, and the other in a kind of rotating bubble at 9 o’clock. The date is displayed in a window at 2 o’clock, and there’s a small seconds register at 6 o’clock.
Classic Lady Dual Time © Ulysse Nardin
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony small model : CHF 26,700
The Patrimony collection is recognisable by its minimalist style and traditional case shape. We have chosen a small and simple model that comes with an eye-catching strap.
The soft hue of the 36 mm rose gold case, the slender and discreet hands (hour, minute, seconds) and indices, plus the beige metallic dial contrast with the vivid purple alligator strap. This Geneva Hallmark certified timepiece also helps its owner to keep track of the passing days thanks to the date at 6 o’clock.
It’s little details such as this that make Parmigiani timepieces appeal to the kind of person ready to spend $200,000 on a luxury watch. No, and again, it isn’t trying to be. Price for the Parmigiani Ovale XL Tourbillon benchmark PFH750-1000600-HA3141 watch is $195,000 USD.Here is an interesting watch that will no doubt be tremendously appealing to a very niche group of watch enthusiasts. It is not that the Parmigiani Kalpa Xl Tourbillon Tonda 1950 merchandise itself is a niche-appeal item (quite the contrary actually), but instead this meteorite snowflake version of it will be among the rarer and arguably more exotic variants. The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Meteorite is indeed rare, we watched it nearly a year ago and it still isn’t about the brand’s site (at the time of writing).In the classic watch universe, the word “exotic” is used a lot, but rarely explained. More frequently than not, exotic is used to refer to a dial versus an entire watch. In fact, very few truly exotic (in the total design standpoint) classic watches are actually that popular (many are laughed at — and perhaps justifiably so). Is it really true that all classic watches seem the same and therefore are highly conservative in fashion? Of course not. Folks oddly fetishize a number of the very ordinary, pedestrian designs when it comes to a great number of vintage timepieces. What often separates a more “interesting” out of “classic” watch are mere colors independently. It is, hence, the fact that most “exotic” watches in the vintage sense are otherwise normal or well-received watches using various dials or colours. This is about as exotic as many of the conservative collectors appear to get (as far as I see it). I occasionally wish I saw more “bravery” in observe tastes. Though, I really do respect not needing to be brave considering the current prices.
Patrimony small model © Vacheron Constantin