Whenever Sabine write articles about high-end ladies’ watches, she is fascinated by how masterfully some of them blend technological expertise and sublime design. And to highlight what she’s talking about, here are five recent horological treasures from Romain Gauthier, Jaquet Droz, Breguet, Chopard and Patek Philippe, exquisitely fashioned for the demanding aficionada’s wrist.
About Sabine Zwettler
German by birth but a resident of the United States for the past ten years, Sabine is particularly fond of the art of independent watchmaking and the diversity of the manufacturers of her home country, Germany.
Entries by Sabine Zwettler
A watch that (unsurprisingly) caught Sabine Zwettler’s eye recently was Patek Philippe’s new stainless steel Aquanaut Chronograph featuring a bright orange second hand. Here she explains just what it is that makes this model so special.
With its idiosyncratic rounded octagonal bezel and bold horizontal stripes accentuating its dial, Patek Philippe’s Nautilus has represented the epitome of sporty casual in horological design for 42 years. Sabine explains why the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar Ref 57401G was one of the most talked-about watches at Baselworld 2018.
Diver’s watches were to be found all over Baselworld 2018, and Sabine shares her favorite newcomers in this technical field. These five debutants delight with their unique styles and convincing technical features. No wonder, for each one of them was made by an expert in the category.
In 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre pays homage to one of Switzerland’s most significant artists of the nineteenth century, Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918), with a Reverso Tribute Enamel available in three versions limited to eight pieces each: ‘Lake Geneva with Mont Blanc in Morning Light’; ‘Lake Thun, Symmetric Reflections’; and ‘Lake Thun with Symmetric Reflections Before Sunrise’ (Sabine’s favorite).
While blue is still on top in the world of watches, we have witnessed the introduction of a great amount of magnificent green dials lately. Here are five vibrantly green newcomers using expressive color to create horological excitement.
Neither round nor square, the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse introduced a bold and sensationally slender watch with unmistakable style 50 years ago. And it just got even better with the anniversary edition featuring a surprising dial color.
Grand Seiko makes some of the finest movements in the world, so it seems only natural that the Japanese brand pull out all the stops for Baselworld 2018: limited editions with the latest technology that also conserve original aesthetics – a task that the Japanese watch giant fulfills with much aplomb.
I feel that the Chanel Boy.Friend perfectly embodies the spirit of the great Coco Chanel, who had a penchant for masculine fabrics and cut and believed “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance” and “fashion fades, only style remains.” The new Skeleton version powered by Chanel Caliber 3 is an exquisite version of this.
My favorite green Baselworld 2018 debutantes are the Glashütte Original Sixties and Sixties Panorama Date. They feature intriguing and sublimely textured faces that are crafted in the company’s own dial manufacture in Pforzheim, Germany using original tools and methods.