Give Me 5! Five Fabulous Ladies Watches From SIHH 2017 From Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, Cartier, And Van Cleef & Arpels
by Nola Martin
SIHH 2017 truly bestowed watch lovers with a long list of most impressive watches.
After digesting a multitude of wristshots and cappuccinos, I now present five fabulous watches just for the female wrist.
It is a short list of standout pieces fitting what might be the interest of female watch lovers that include well thought-out feminine design aesthetics both inside and outside case.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Royal Oak collection for women.
Forty years ago, watch designer Jacqueline Dimier introduced a strong yet slimmed down reinterpretation of Gérald Genta’s original design for women. In 2017, Audemars Piguet introduces a fresh take on the classic Royal Oak collection for women in collaboration with Florentine jeweler Carolina Bucci.
The fact that there are two powerhouse female designers, Bucci and Dimier, behind the Royal Oak Frosted Gold only adds to the allure.
I am already in love with strong design codes of the Royal Oak line, and the evolution of this watch brought my admiration to a new level – especially the 37 mm version in 18-karat pink gold.
The combination of the hammered Florentine jewelry technique along with the brushed touches along the bracelet and case bring to light a diamond-like shimmer and copious amounts of sparkle. The additional glint of the silvery Grande Tapisserie dial completes the look.
Automatic manufacture Caliber 3120 powers the hours, minutes, seconds and date of the 37 mm version, while the 33 mm variation houses quartz Caliber 2713. Each version is offered in both 18-karat white or pink gold.
Quick Facts Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold
Case: pink or white gold, 33 mm or 37 x 9.8 mm
Movement: quartz Caliber 2713 (33 mm) or automatic Caliber 3120 (37 mm)
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date
Price: 37,500 Swiss francs (33 mm pink gold), 42,500 Swiss francs (33 mm, white gold), 46,500 Swiss francs (37 mm, pink gold), 51,500 Swiss francs (37 mm, white gold)
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon
Next up is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon (though the A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase came in as a lunar runner-up for me).
I love the Rendez-Vous Moon’s artistic presentation of the moon phase indication, and the unique color combinations are quite stunning.
The mother-of-pearl moon and the delicate starry sky perfectly complement the pink gold case and golden dial of the Rendez-Vous Moon. Moreover, the sparkling diamonds sweeten the whole package.
Master gem setters from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares division set brilliant-cut diamonds around the bezel and added a line of the sparklers at the top of the dial above the hour markers. A spot of extra brilliance is added by the inverted diamonds set into both crowns.
While this watch is visually delightful, the mechanics inside the automatic movement have not been overlooked: Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 935, produced, assembled, and decorated by hand, powers the 36 mm timepiece.
Its moon phase precision is simply spectacular: over 972 years it only accumulates one full day of lag time.
For a listing of the most precise moon phase indications on the market today, see The 8 Most Accurate Moon Phase Wristwatches Today.
Quick Facts Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-vous Moon
Case: pink gold, 36 mm
Movement: automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 935
Functions: hours, minutes; moon phase indication
Piaget Altiplano natural turquoise
Piaget created a number of new models in celebration of the 60th anniversary of its Altiplano collection.
The classic and clean style of the Piaget Altiplano together with colorful dials and a super-slim physique pay tribute to the history of the line as well as Piaget’s continued quest for ultra-thin watches.
With options like the 38 mm manual wind with an electric blue dial or the vivid pink dial of the 34 mm, it is hard to choose a favorite, and I would probably add the entire collection if I had more space here!
The Piaget Altiplano natural turquoise dial won me over, though, with its truly irresistible exotic hard stone dial, a signature element of Piaget originating in the 1960s. Each stone dial has characteristics of its own, though the turquoise seems to stand out with a blue as bright as the sky.
And this watch is outfitted with the ultra-thin manual-wind Piaget 9P movement.
Quick Facts Piaget Altiplano natural turquoise
Case: white gold, 34 mm
Movement: manually wound Caliber 9P, ultra-thin
Functions: hours, minutes
Gem setting: 72 brilliant cut diamonds
Cartier Panthère Joueuse
I have much appreciation for playful spirit and innovative design in timepieces, and for this reason the Cartier Panthère Joueuse is high on my list.
This watch makes telling time entertaining as the wearer watches the iconic Cartier panther chase the ball in a never-ending game of catch. This is a completely new complication for Cartier, one designed to move the panther’s head and paw to indicate the minutes while the ball represents the hours.
Combining the fine watchmaking and jewelry expertise of the “maison,” this panther is a three-dimensional sculpture encrusted with diamonds and emeralds whose movements are powered by the micro mechanics at play under the dial.
This timepiece is truly wearable art for the wrist.
For more on Cartier’s panther, see Why Is The Panther Cartier’s Pet Animal? Thank Jeanne Toussaint.
Quick Facts Cartier Panthère Joueuse
Case: white gold, 40 x 12.05 mm
Movement: automatic Caliber 9918 MC, which moves along with the panther
Functions: hours (ball), minutes (head and paw)
Gem setting: 185 brilliant-cut diamonds, two emeralds for the eyes
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate
The whimsical Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate was a sterling example of a fabulous watch for the female wrist at SIHH 2017.
This flirtatious timepiece is equipped with an automatic movement that carries an additional automaton module to engage the butterfly’s wings in a fluttering motion both on demand and randomly based on the wearer’s movements.
Enhancing the lively actions of the watch, the dial is an exquisitely decorated scene of a moon rising over a field full of beautiful flowers, long grass, and a reflection pond. Expertly executed artistic techniques including champlevé, plique-à-jour, and paillonné enamel are layered to create a many-hued, dreamy landscape.
Whether the butterfly is dancing or pausing for a moment, it will always be a pleasure to read the time on this playful timepiece.
Quick Facts Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate
Case: white gold, 40 x 16.6 mm
Movement: automatic movement with a random automaton and on-demand animation module
Functions: hours, minutes; on-demand and en passant automaton
Gem setting: round and pear-shaped diamonds, snow-set diamonds; blue, mauve, and violet sapphires
Artistic techniques: champlevé, paillonné, plique-à-jour and curved plique-à-jour enamel, miniature painting
In stores: December 2017