Early American historian and Harvard professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich titled her 2008 book ‘Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.’ Ulrich would probably be very interested to know about three famous Swiss and French brands whose very first wristwatches were made for – and in a way by – women. These watches by Breguet, Hermès, and Patek Philippe have made history.
Creating a proper, high-end mechanical ladies watch is something even the best of brands struggle with. Some simply take a men’s watch, make it a bit smaller, add some diamonds or mother-of-pearl, and call it a day. Others create what they think women would like (but are not quite sure). Here is what MB&F has done, and rest assured it is anything but ordinary!
Ah, gift giving! If there’s another ostensibly positive activity so burdened with the risk of a negative outcome, GaryG has yet to find it. And a watch that looks like a skull for a special present isn’t perhaps a conventional choice, but he had no doubt that this particular skull would receive an enthusiastic reception. Find out why right here.
Walking into the Richard Mille booth at the 2019 SIHH – the brand’s last appearance at this invitation-only trade show – was like entering another world. Gone were the other beige-toned booths, cream-colored carpets, and taupe tables and chairs. Here color burst forth from every nook and cranny, begging to be set free from displays, windows, and tables. Follow us into a world of ten mindbogglingly sweet timepieces that look good enough to eat!
At Baselworld 2018, Jaquet Droz introduced a set of new Lady 8 Petite timepieces. The new, smaller versions offer the tactile cabochon forming the top half of the eight pattern the watch’s design is based upon. Elizabeth felt it nearly impossible not to rub that stone like a Buddha belly or a good luck charm when the watch was on her wrist, as it irresistibly draws you in with the beauty of its smooth surface.
Even though timepieces made for women can be quite uncreative, here are five particularly intelligent timepieces made especially for the female wrist and launched in 2018. Elizabeth Doerr thinks these five contain everything an aficionada would be looking for in a serious timepiece, so check them out!
Richard Mille introduced its first in-house automatic tourbillon movement in 2018 – and against all expectations, it was housed in a watch made by a woman for women: the RM 71-01. And while this watch is about as technical and high-performance as it gets, it is simultaneously so beautiful it takes the breath away.
Chris Malburg set out to buy his wife a watch. After many happy years of marriage to a lovely woman it was time. He knows enough about her and her tastes to take the leap. Or does he? If you’re a female reader you probably already know this ends badly. If you’re a guy, keep reading. Showing up is 80 percent, and you just showed up.
Adding diamonds and other gemstones to a watch is not that complicated, but to do it in such a way that there is synergy requires an exponential amount of craftsmanship and expertise. The lineup in the Jewellery category of the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève is extraordinary, and our panel finds that its tastes differ.
Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern personally introduced the latest version of the brand’s successful Twenty-4 collection in Milan: the Twenty-4 Automatic. This is the first mechanical movement in a collection that has until now been powered by quartz and the first to feature a round case. Stern explained that the Twenty-4 Automatic has been five years and 40 prototypes in the making. Nancy Olson learns if it’s all been worthwhile.