Today’s article for our series on probably the best timepieces introduced in 2017 in various categories is dedicated to Ladies Watches and follows our past reports on Chronographs , Diving Watches and Dress Watches . Next week, we will zero in on wristwatches featuring Complications.
As for past articles, selected watches are here listed alphabetically, not in order of inclination.
A. Lange & Sohne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase
The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase by A. Lange & Söhne is exquisitely elegant with its guilloched, argenté-shaded dial framed by the 36.8 mm pink-gold case. Featuring two golden moons, the lunar disk of this model is also argenté-hued. The astronomical complication emulates the synodic orbit of the earth’s companion so accurately that it just should be corrected by one day each 122.6 years. Shiny pink-gold hands and appliques accentuate the asymmetric dial with its precisely jumping outsize date display and force hold indicator. Visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback, the new 3 Hz hand-wound L121.2 movement includes the characteristic twin mainspring barrel with a force hold of 72 hours and the hand-engraved balance rooster. Full article .
Blancpain Villeret Quantième à Phase de Lune
Fueled by an automatic movement equipped with a glucydur balance haggle balance spring in silicon for top performances, the Blancpain Villeret Quantième à Phase de Lune comes with a stainless steel case topped by a bezel adorned with 48 full-cut diamonds and a nice set of five interchangeable straps. Thanks to the possibility to eliminate and exchange the strap by simply pressing the functional catches, the proprietor can quickly change the vibe of the watch for different occasions. Measuring 29.20 mm in diameter, the round case frames a matt white dial swept over by solid leaf-shaped hands, a pointer-type date display and a sapphire moon-phase indication. The latter is a horological complication that had almost vanished from the scene until Blancpain reintroduced it in the early 1980s, then becoming a signature of the Manufacture. Full article .
Glashütte Original Pavonina, new 2017 models
The German brand expanded its fruitful Pavonina collection with new models offering a wide range of tones. By combining dials, case metals, carries, and bracelets, Glashütte Original was able to create a particularly large variety of models that any woman ought to have the option to find its favorite. Gently bended, anthracite shaded font explicitly developed for the Pavonina line, loans the Roman numerals – usually calm and serious – a feminine and contemporary character that well harmonizes with the iridescent natural mother-of-pearl dials. The cushion-shaped 31 mm x 31 mm case is available in stainless steel, red gold or in a mix of the two materials. The flexible carries guarantee excellent comfort and can be set with diamonds to enhance the preciousness of these timepieces. Full article .
IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36 and Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36
Compared to the other models of the new collection launched by IWC in 2017, the Da Vinci Automatic 36 and Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 are not just smaller and slimmer, but also have a more feminine design, with rounded crowns and a less articulated twin-frame bezel. The perfectly readable dials are characterized by a recessed inner circle adding a three-dimensional structure, Arabic numerals, lancet-shaped hands and a round date window at 6 o’clock. Thanks to the moving horns, the drags don’t protrude and the strap or bracelet is held comfortably near slim wrists. All watches are equipped with automatic movements, are tested for water-resistance to 3 bar (30 meters/100 feet) and have a force hold of 42 hours. The IWC Da Vinci models for Ladies are available in steel, steel with diamonds or red gold. Full article .
Moritz Grossmann TEFNUT Twist
With the new TEFNUT Twist, Moritz Grossmann introduced another winding mechanism: the Grossmann strap winder. This ingenious alternative to the conventional crown winder allows the watch to be twisted with turns of the strap attachment located at 6 o’clock in the case. The strap offers a big enough surface for a firm grip and, even with gloves or newly applied nail polish, the watch can be completely twisted with just a couple of twists of the strap. A backstop ratchet allows bidirectional winding while a bridle prevents damage that could be caused by excessive power. Moderate beating at 18,000 vibrations each hour, the movement offers a force save of 48 hours when completely twisted. The TEFNUT Twist with strap winder comes in three versions: “Classic”, “Fancy”, and “Gent” with rose-gold and white-gold cases. Sizes are the same for all versions: 36 mm the diameter and 9.64 mm the height. Full article .
Richard Mille RM 07-01 Nephrite EMEA Limited Edition
The new Richard Mille RM 07-01 Nephrite is a sporty yet eminently feminine wristwatch for Ladies whose distinctive shape is enhanced by an elegant touch of shading given by nephrite. One of two distinct mineral structures classified as jade (the other is jadeite), nephrite is prized for its special qualities: its extreme toughness, its alluring translucency and a smooth polished feel. Combined with diamonds, it gives a truly special allure to the dial of the new timepiece. The watch can be matched to a white elastic strap or to a white gold gourmette bracelet with micro-blasted, satin-brushed and polished surfaces. The finishes are entirely handcrafted. Full article .
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate
First showcased by Van Cleef & Arpels at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2017, the Lady Arpels Papillon Automate watch depicts the random fluttering of a butterfly, accompanying the passage of time against a bucolic backdrop. The butterfly is settled on a bloom and, as the hours and minutes stream on the right, it comes to life with random beats of its wings, two to five times straight, depending on the force hold. At the point when the watch is not being worn, the butterfly is set in motion 19 times each hour at irregular intervals. The butterfly can also be activated on demand: by pressing the press button on the caseband the wings will beat five consecutive times. Enriched by several decorative techniques, the dial is framed by a 38 mm white gold case entirely set with diamonds. Full article .