The Women’s Movement
Today’s must-have? A timepiece that’s more than just a pretty face. Manufactures have been listening and the latest new and notable women’s fine watches deliver.
Big Bang One Click Sang Bleu King Gold II
Tattoo artistry might not be the type of thing that makes your average haute horologist tick, but Hublot – the Swiss manufacture known for its singular, disruptive and innovative approach – is not your average watchmaker. The brand’s partnership with Maxime Plescia-Büchi, founder of tattoo and creative studio Sang Bleu, centres around symmetrical geometric lines – Maxime’s signature and a nod to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, doing away with traditional watch hands entirely.
It’s a given that divers’ watches have hidden depths, but the Tag Heuer Aquaracer combines impressive ‘under-the-hood’ mechanics with some serious surface appeal.
Powered by the Caliber 9 automatic movement, this cult-favourite timepiece boasts an impressive total water resistance of up to 300m – but it’s the perfectly proportioned silver-lacquered dial, studded with 11 diamonds, that’s captured our hearts.
Navitimer Automatic 35
Most watch manufactures have a few time-honoured models in their line-up, but Breitling’s Navitimer, which has been flying high for nearly 70 years, is a true icon. Its functionality is a large part of its long-lasting appeal: it’s a favourite among pilots due to its unparalleled ability to accurately measure flight time and fuel requirements. But even those with their feet firmly on the ground can appreciate its latest iteration – the Automatic 35 features a beaded bezel, a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond hour markers, and is powered by the COSC-certified (signifying precision) Breitling Caliber 17.
When Roger Dubuis – the Swiss house known for its superlative craftsmanship and daring avant-garde designs – decided to launch a dedicated women’s watch line, it did not disappoint. The newest addition to the Velvet collection, the Aventurine, has 100 brilliant-cut diamonds surrounding a dial that features the manufacture’s signature Roman numerals.
It wouldn’t be a Roger Dubuis timepiece without a mechanical movement fit to satisfy the keenest watch fanatic: the Aventurine is powered by the self-winding caliber RD830, incorporating 183 components.
H. Moser & Cie
Venturer Concept Vantablack
The H. Moser & Cie Venturer Concept watch might appear minimalist on the surface, but you’d be wrong to assume its simplicity. Its dramatic dial is made from Vantablack – the blackest material known to man, comprised of millions of carbon nanotubes that absorb 99.9% of visible light. On the reverse, through a sapphire crystal caseback, the Venturer Concept’s inner workings can be appreciated – an intricate HMC 327 hand-wound movement, plus the clever addition of a concealed power reserve.
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