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Although Women’s Day has come and gone, we continue to celebrate women with a roundup of watches made specifically for the fairer sex. 

 Patek Philippe Twenty~4® soldier

1. Patek Philippe Twenty~4® Ref. 4910-11R-010

For the stylish but pragmatic career woman who’s always on the go, the Patek Philippe Twenty~4® Ref. 4910-11R-010 is a great companion.

First released in 1999, the timepiece is generously endowed with diamonds and comes in a dainty rose gold case measuring 24.1 mm x 30mm. Its chocolate dial is marked by gold applied Roman numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock, while the rest of the hours use diamond indexes. On both sides of the bezel, stretching from lug to lug, are rows of even more of the precious stone.

Driving its minute and hour functions is the quartz E15 caliber, which makes winding the watch one less thing to worry about while keeping a busy schedule. 

 

Rolex Datejust 31

2. Rolex Datejust 31 Ref. 278383RBR-0030

For the woman who likes to make a statement, the Rolex Datejust 31 Ref. 278383RBR-0030 is just the right timepiece to do the talking. 

The 31mm timepiece comes with an eye-catching olive green sunburst dial that is difficult to miss, but is made all the more striking by the diamond-set bezel that frames it. It comes with an oystersteel and 18K yellow gold jubilee bracelet that guarantees it stays in place while you run from daytime shopping sprees to dinner dates with friends. 

And you won’t have to worry about getting the time wrong and (oops!) running late, because the self-winding caliber 2236 has only two second variation per day, and a power reserve of 55 hours.

 

Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase

3. Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase Ref. 8005F/000R-B498

An essential for the detail-oriented woman who dresses like a goddess and knows it is the Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase. 

Featuring an asymmetrical dial and “pleated” details, the piece de resistance is the moon phase nestled between 12 o’ clock and 3 o’clock. Encircled by diamonds, an 8K gold lunar disc rises and sets behind mother-of-pearl clouds.

This 35mm timepiece is available in 8K 5N rose gold, steel or diamond pave in white gold options. All of which are equipped with quick-release, interchangeable leather straps to match any outfit and color scheme. 

 

Longines La Grande Classique de Longines

4. Longines La Grande Classique de Longines Ref. L4.209.4.87.6

Subtle, timeless and elegant is the woman who wears a La Grande Classique de Longines. Encased in 24mm stainless steel, its ultra-slim and minimalist profile makes it such a breeze to pair with a plain white tee and denim jeans, or a ruffled blouse and high waisted grey slacks. The white mother-of-pearl dial has Top Wesselton VS-SI diamond index markers and thin black hands—simple and refined just like the woman who dons this timepiece. 

 

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34

5. IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34 Ref. IW357401

On the wrist of an intelligent, determined and fearless woman belongs the IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34. A mighty 34mm timepiece in 18K 5N gold, its aesthetic is straightforward and powerful, just like its wearer.

The time is easily read off the silver-plated dial with gold-plated hands, pointing to elongated hour markers that are signature of the IWC Schaffhausen Portofino collection. A diamond has been placed at each hour markers’ end, closest to the bezel. 

A red alligator leather strap keeps this timepiece secured to the wrist of a bold and confident woman who knows how to get things done. 

 

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6. Reservoir Lady Longbridge Ref. RSV01.LB/130-21S

Ladies who frequent social gatherings and require a conversation piece would be served well by Reservoir’s Lady Longbridge.  The inspiration taken from 1960s Mini Cooper dashboard dials is clear, from the unconventional configuration of the functions to the green and blue gemstone cabochons evocative of the car’s original diodes.  

There is a jumping hour seen in an aperture at 6 o’clock, while the passage of minutes is marked by a retrograde minute hand that goes from what is traditionally the 8 o’clock position to 4 o’clock position. The power reserve is found in an arched aperture right below the hours. 

 

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7. Zenith Elite Moonphase 03.3100.692.01.C922

Zenith created the Elite Moonphase for the horological savants who can do without the typical fanfare associated with women’s pieces.   

The sunburst dial’s minimalist design draws the eyes towards a subdial located at 6 o’clock, where a midnight blue disc slowly rotates to reveal the waxing and waning of the moon. To its left, at 9 o’clock is a small seconds subdial. 

The complications and functions of this timepieces are powered by the ultra-thin elite caliber 692, which is protected by the 40.5mm stainless steel case.  

 

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8. Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase Ref. 647.NX.4771.LR.1205

Here’s a watch that’s great for a woman who’s the life of the party: the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase

The imposing 42mm stainless steel timepiece is covered in a bold purple hue that starts from its transparent quartz dial and extends to its amethyst-set bezel and alligator strap. If the color alone isn’t enough to grab one’s attention, the HUB1770 handwound movement, which is clearly seen through the dial, commands it and demands appreciation.  

It is also endowed with several complications: a moon phase display positioned at 6 o’clock; small seconds at 9 o’clock; and a date function seen through an aperture between 12 and 2 o’clock. 

 

 

Whichever timepiece suits your fancy, it’s always best to visit a shop and try it on for size. You might also discover other watches that suit you while you’re there.  Check our Store Locator to find the closest boutique or showroom. 

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The Future is Female

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This year, Vacheron Constantin is expanding their women-focused collection, Égérie. Launched in 2003 with tonneau-shaped cases, the five new models are round and come with an unconventionally placed crown and an offset subdial. 

The women-led design team behind the relaunch brought together the world of haute horlogerie and haute couture, having taken their design inspiration from sewing and the pleats found in women’s garments. The influence of the latter on the former is clearly seen through the fine hands reminiscent of sewing needles, and in the pleated motif that adorns the opaline dials (with the exception of the diamond pavé model).

Vacheron Constantin Égérie moon phase timepiece in 18K 5N rose gold with a brown strap on the wrist of a woman.

A hand-worked machine from 1904 was specially adjusted to allow Vacheron Constantin’s artisans to create the small pleats. Complementing the “folds” are calligraphy-like Arabic numerals, designed specifically for Égérie. 

A subdial encircled by 36 diamonds is located between 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock. An arched date aperture occupies the space on the 35mm models, while the 37mm models feature a moon phase. The entire watch face is framed by a 58 diamond-set bezel, showcasing the maison’s gem-setting prowess. 

Close up of the Vacheron Constantin Égérie self-winding model that has a date indicator.

Positioned between 1 and 3 o’clock on the case is a crown topped with a cabochon-cut moonstone.

Both size options are available in variations of 8K 5N rose gold, steel or diamond pavé on white gold. Each one is accompanied with straps that have a tab on the back to quickly retract the spring bars, facilitating easy strap changes for today’s versatile women.

Beating inside the timepieces are the in-house self-winding caliber 1088 and caliber 1088L for the 35mm and 37mm models, respectively. The movements are visible through the sapphire casebacks. 

Vacheron Constantin Égérie self winding

The Égérie self winding has a date indicator between 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock, and is encircled by an offset circle.

The Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase in 18K 5N rose gold with a dark blue strap.

The Égérie Moon Phase features an 18K moon, starry night sky and mother-of-pearl clouds.

 

Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase Diamond Pave in steel with a blue satin strap.

The Égérie Moon Phase Diamond Pave covers the watch from the bezel and lugs down to the dial. About 292 diamonds are overstitched on the case, and another 510 diamonds are set on the dial.

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February is National Arts Month in the Philippines so we are celebrating some of the masterpieces that have come from the world of haute horlogerie.

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva

Patek Philippe prides themselves in having a long and rich history in the art of enamelling, which dates all the way back to the 17th century. 

The 28mm Patek Philippe 5538G is a collection of five watches that have a dial with a miniature painting on enamel depicting famous landmarks like the St. Pierre Cathedral and the Grand-Quia, home to the historic Patek Philippe building in Geneva, Switzerland.

Patek Philippe 5538G Old Views from Geneva close up

The style is reminiscent of azulejo, blue and white glazed ceramic tilework, paired with a trompe l’oeil technique which gives the illusion that the tiles are three dimensional. To achieve this enamelling, oil was mixed with enamel to easily apply it onto the 28mm dial with a very fine brush.

 

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints

The 5738/50G Golden Ellipse watch presents a 27.5mm x 2.53mm dial in Grand Feu Cloisonné enamel. Meaning “great fire”, the Grand Feu technique is done by spraying a small mist of alcohol onto the disc which is then coated with a sprinkle of fine enamel powder. Afterwards, the disc is placed inside an oven set at a high temperature. A giant flame gushes from the alcohol burning off, hence the name “Grand Feu”. The process is repeated until the desired pigment thickness is achieved. 

Patek Philippe 5738/50G Japanese Prints close up

The Japanese print on the 5738/50G dial was inspired by works of artist Ohara Koson (1877-1945), who was known to incorporate flowers and birds in his prints. The enameller worked with a transparent, opaque and translucent palette with about 29 to 39 colors so as to achieve a delicate shade and a subtle color gradation of the plumage, branches, foliage and flowers.

 

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Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Minute Repeater Tourbillon – Four Seasons

Vacheron Constantin’s latest collection displays four different scenes of a carp swimming in seasonal colors (spring, summer, fall, and winter) within a 44mm case. To create such a stunning timepiece, the dial was first engraved using a bas-relief technique, where figures are given more depth than the flat background, to highlight the richness of scene. 

After  engraving, the disc is then subjected to champlevé enamelling. This is done by filling in the cells made from the engraving with enamel, using a palette of over 12 colors, then fired.

Enamelling process of Vacheron Constantin's Four Seasons

The timepiece is accompanied by a minute repeater tourbillon, whose unique sound imprint was created by the famous Abbey Road studios, known for associating with legendary artists such as The Beatles and Adele.

 

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Caravelle 1950

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers La Caravelle 1950

One of the recent additions to the Les Cabinotiers collection, the 39mm timepiece was directly inspired by a 1950s watch that belonged to the Vacheron Constantin Heritage collection. The dial’s design was crafted by Atelier Anita Porchet, and they used Cloisonné enamelling to bring forth the vibrant hues of the ship and sea. It shows a caravel in the midst of a journey, allowing the waves to bring the ship to its destination. A gold paillon on the enamelled surface is a nod to the timepiece’s nautical inspiration. The spangle depicts Polaris, the north star which sailors use for important calculations of positions at sea. The design of the ship is inspired by the first caravels explorers Bartholomew Diaz and Christopher Colombus used in 1487 and 1492, respectively.

 

Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina Siar Mexico

Hublot Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina Siar Mexico

The 39mm Big Bang One Click Calavera Catrina celebrates El Dia De Los Muertos, a UNESCO recognized celebration and Aztec tradition that has been celebrated for over three centuries. The Day of the Dead is celebrated all over Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage. The common calaveras symbol people use during the holiday originally came from a zine etching made in 1910 by Mexican lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada, and the print was called La Calavera Catrina

The Hublot watches feature a black lacquered dial, engraved with colored lacquer in shades of fuschia, green, purple, and blue–making the pieces look like pop art. The bezels are covered in 42 rainbow colored sapphires, and the straps have multi colored skulls printed on them.

 

Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo

Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull Fluo

Hublot also released another collection to celebrate El Día De Los Muertos: the Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull. This time, they put a twist by fusing the art of embroidery with their timepieces by using Bischoff embroidery from the international Swiss brand St. Gallen. The fluorescent embroidery on silk organza is a delicate floral arabesque motif that reveals the sugar skull design. This technique continues all the way to the straps, coming in colors of cobalt blue, sunflower, hot pink and malachite green. The watches have sapphires in the corresponding hues, set decoratively on the bezel, and set as hour markers on the dials.

 

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Métiers Rares Tribute to Ferdinand Hodler

In 2018, Jaeger-LeCoultre commemorated the 100th death anniversary of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler. The reverse side of the Reverso Tribute Enamel served as a canvas for enamel miniature paintings of mountain and lake landscapes, which were characteristic of the artist’s works.

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Lake Thun, Symmetric Reflection (1909) depicts the Alps mountains and its reflection on the lake catching daylight.

The front of the watch displays a guilloche dial covered by a translucent enamel to match the tone of the painting on the reverse side.

 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat front Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat reverse

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel – Georges Seurat, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Jaeger-LeCoultre also made a tribute to French post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat who was well-known for coming up with pointillism. On the front of the tribute enamel watch is a finely hand guilloche dial that has been covered in translucent Grand Feu enamel, while the reverse side shows an enameled miniature painting of Georges Seurat’s most famous work.
 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute Enamel Georges Seurat
Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte portrays Parisians enjoying their day on the banks of the River Seine.

To reproduce the 3-meter wide artwork on a tiney 3cm x 2cm surface, the enameraller had to create his own pointillism technique using special tools. It is worth mentioning that pointillism enamel is extremely challenging as several protective enamel layers would have to be placed one after the other. This then alters the intensity of the color of the piece. Because of this, the enameller used darker shades so that the final product would have the exact colors Seurat used in his artwork. 

Of course, these are just a few of many watches that have been heavily inspired by artworks, artists, and other fields in the arts. We hope we see more timepieces that pay homage to art in the years to come.

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While we anticipate whether majority of the watch brands will decide to follow the color Pantone has set for the year, let’s take a look at which of them were already ahead of trend.

Patek Philippe 5172G

Patek Philippe Chronograph Ref. 5172G-001

Showcased at last year’s Baselworld, the Chronograph 5172G shares similar aesthetics with the retired 5170. The updated chronograph comes in a 41mm white gold case, round guilloched pushers and a blue dial contrasted by luminous white gold Arabic numerals and hands. See our other favorite Patek Philippe watches from Baselworld 2019 here

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Ref. 85180/000R-B515

In 2019, Vacheron Constantin decided to add 18 more models to their Patrimony collection, and the Patrimony self-winding is one of them. The 36mm 18K 5N pink gold case houses a sunburst satin-finished midnight blue dial. It embodies an understated, minimalist look as it makes use of a date function and hour, minutes, and seconds indicators.

JLC Reverso Tribute Small Seconds

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Tribute Ref. 3978480

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso is well known for its iconic Art Deco inspired style and geometric simplicity. The Reverso Tribute Small Seconds comes in a 45.6 X 27.4mm case with a blue sunray-brushed finish dial, applied hour markers, and a small seconds at 6 o’clock. The watch is fashioned on a blue strap designed by Argentinian bookmaker Fagliano.

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu

Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu Titanium Blue Ref. 415.NX.7179.VR.MXM18

As avid supporters of the arts, Hublot has collaborated with Swiss tattoo artist Maxime Plescia-Buchi. The 45mm Big Bang Sang Bleu Titanium Blue is comprised of clean, geometric, symmetric lines and shapes and paired with a blue dial and strap. 

Chopard Alpine Eagle

Chopard Alpine Eagle Ref. 298600-3001

Chopard recently released the Alpine Eagle, a reinterpretation of the St. Moritz watch which was designed by Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. The 41mm timepiece features a deep blue dial which resembles an eagle’s iris. The watch is also crafted from Lucent Steel A223, a REACH-certified and ethically produced metal exclusively developed in-house by the brand. Chopard partnered up with the Eagle Wings Foundation, which raises awareness about the Alps and the environmental issues at present. 

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato 

Girard-Perregaux’s iconic Laureato has been reinterpreted numerous times since it was first conceived in 1975. This Laureato comes in a 34mm, 38mm or 42mm steel case with a blue Clou de Paris patterned dial. Read more about Girard-Perregaux’s history here

Reservoir Hydrosphere Blue Hole

Reservoir Hydrosphere Blue Hole Ref. RSV03.HY/130-21.BH

Reservoir gets inspiration from different measuring instruments. The Hydrosphere Blue Hole was designed with the image of scuba diving pressure gauges in mind. The watch measures 45mm in diameter with features that are essential for divers like a 250-meter water resistance and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a double scale to be able to read time at different depths. Learn more about Reservoir here

 

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2019 GPHG Prize Winners

Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-ThinLast November 6, prize winners of the highly anticipated Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG for short) were announced. Snagging not one, not two, but three GPGH prizes from this year is Audemars Piguet, which includes the biggest award of them all: Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix.

 

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Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

The GPHG Aiguille d’Or grand prize is given to the overall best watch. This year, the world’s thinnest automatic perpetual calendar wins the biggest award of the night. Audemars Piguet’s ultra thin Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar was first presented at SIHH 2018 as a prototype, and at the time was called RD#2. The refined model is 6mm thin and comes in a 41mm case made of  titanium and 950 platinum.

 

 

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Men’s Complication Watch Prize – Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie

The prize is given to the men’s watch that possesses excellence in creativity and intricacy, and Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 best represents this. The 41mm manual wound minute repeater has superb sound quality and volume thanks to their patented gongs and the case’s construction.

 

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Iconic Watch Prize – Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra Thin

The recently added category celebrates watches that come from emblematic collections and made a lasting influence on the history of watchmaking. Audemars Piguet takes another win with their iconic Royal Oak timepiece. The 39mm watch is the second in the Royal Oak collection to come in a white gold case, and it was paired with a gold toned “Petite Tapisserie” dial which was last used for the Royal Oak’s 20th anniversary.

 

 

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Challenge Watch Prize – Tudor Black Bay P01

The challenge of this GPHG prize?  To make an exceptional watch with a retail price of CHF 4,000 or under. Tudor dared to take on this challenge with one of their Black Bay watches which first appeared at Baselworld 2019. Read more about the 1960s prototype inspired watch here.

 

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Innovation Prize – Vacheron Constantin Traditionnell Twin Beat perpetual calendar

This GPGH prize is awarded to the watch that goes the distance when it comes to innovation and development in watchmaking. Vacheron Constantin wins the award with a 42mm watch that beats at two different frequencies, adding another 64 days to its 4 day power reserve.

 

Chronometre Ferdinand Berthoud Carburised Steel Regulator

Chronometry Watch Prize – Chronometrè Ferdinand Berthoud Carburised Steel Regulator

The prize is awarded to the mechanical watch that has at least one tourbillon, a special escapement and has contributed to the development of accurate time measurement. Ferdinand Berthoud comes in first with their 44mm carburised stainless steel watch that features a constant force tourbillon and a fusee-and-chain transmission.

 

See the complete list of winners below:

  • Ladies’ Watch Prize: Chanel J12 Calibre 12.1
  • Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen 28ti
  • Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
  • Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Hermes Arceau L’heure de la lune
  • Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Genus GNS1.2
  • Chronograph Watch Prize: Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
  • Diver’s Watch Prize: Seiko Prospex LX line diver’s
  • Jewellery Watch Prize: Bvlgari Serpenti Misteriosi Romani
  • Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Voutilainen Starry Night Vine
  • “Petite Aiguille” Prize: Kudoke Kudoke 2
  • Audacity Prize: Urwerk AMC
  • “Horological Revelation” Prize: Ming 17.06 Copper
  • Special Jury Prize: Luc Pettavino, Only Watch founder and organizer

 

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International Women’s Month might have already ended, but that doesn’t mean we stop thinking about women’s luxury watches. Here’s a list of watches we think women absolutely need in their collection to elevate their style, because jewelry needn’t be their only accessories.

A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase Ref. 182.030 luxury watches

The Work Watch
A. Lange & Söhne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase Ref. 182.030

When you’re working those long hours, six days a week, it can be a little too easy to forget what day of the month it is. A. Lange & Söhne has their patented outsize date on almost all of their timepieces, making it easy to keep track of your meetings and deadlines with a glance.

Longines Hydroconquest Ref. L3.781.4.96.6 luxury watches

The Beach Watch
Longines Hydroconquest Ref. L3.781.4.96.6

Everyone needs their dose of Vitamin Sea once in a while. What better to go with your beach outfit than a practical but beautiful dive watch? We adore Longines’ Hydroconquest line, which was elegantly designed to withstand the salty waves in style.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D010CA.01 luxury watches

The Sporty Watch
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-winding Chronograph Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D010CA.01

Whether your daily exercise is jogging on the treadmill or stretching on your yoga mat, it’s important that you have a watch that can keep up with you. This Royal Oak Offshore model, with its trusty chronograph and comfortable rubber strap, can do just that.

Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time Ref. 7800S/000R-B140 luxury watches

The Travel Watch
Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time Ref. 7800S/000R-B140

Sometimes we just want to pack up our bags and travel to our dream destination. But when wanderlust strikes, you still have to keep track of things in your home or workplace. Dual time watches, such as the Harmony Dual Time, can make it happen, even when you’re the other side of the world.

Omega De Ville Ladymatic Ref. 425.30.34.20.05.001 luxury watches

The Everyday Watch
Omega De Ville Ladymatic Ref. 425.30.34.20.05.001

When you’re too busy to even think about which watch to match with your daily getup, you’ll need a reliable timepiece that can go with almost anything. We think stainless steel and a monochromatic dial is the way to go for this kind of dilemma, and this watch can fill in that role, no problem.

IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 37 Ref. IW458101 luxury watches

The Weekend Watch
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 37 Ref. IW458101

Going to a family reunion, or a Sunday morning brunch with your friends? You’ll need something that will match your casual tan leather bag. This Portofino has a light brown alligator strap, its tone matching the details on the face of the watch, tying your relaxed and informal outfit together nicely.

Rolex Lady-Datejust Ref. 279174

A Rolex
Rolex Lady-Datejust Ref. 279174

Like we said in our original article for men, every collection demands a Rolex, even those of women’s. With its iconic design and sheer popularity, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t know the brand. Their Lady-Datejust collection was made exclusively for women—here’s the piece from that collection that we love the most.

Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8939BB/6D/J49/DD6D women's luxury watches

The Dress Watch
Breguet Reine de Naples Ref. 8939BB/6D/J49/DD6D

For those parties where everyone is somebody, you’ll want something that will go with your designer gown and pearl jewelry. We’re sure this timepiece from Breguet will turn heads on the red carpet. Get ready for the crowd to snap portraits of you with your wrist!

Hublot Gold White Pavé Ref. 361.PE.2010.RW.1704 women's luxury watches

The Gemset Watch
Hublot Gold White Pavé Ref. 361.PE.2010.RW.1704

Because diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Need we say more? Hublot has a long list of diamond-studded watches, which includes this stunning piece. It has a whopping 1517 diamonds set in the brand’s very own 18K King Gold.

 

Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 7118/1200A women's luxury watches

The Heirloom Watch
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 7118/1200A

If your daughter doesn’t want your wedding gown or the family ring, you’ll have to pass something else down that will be just as valuable. For that purpose, there’s nothing better than the classic and timeless Nautilus. Made to last lifetimes, you might very well see this watch on your granddaughter’s wrist.

Timezone watches. Despite being at the top of every list detailing the watches every aficionado wants to get their hands on, travel and world timers are some of those complications that notoriously confuse watch beginners.

And that’s perfectly okay, because time zones are, in themselves, inherently confusing. UTC? GMT? Daylight savings? Yeah. We thought so.

You’ve probably heard of these sought-after timepieces called by different names: time zone watches, GMT watches, world timers, travel timers…. These various terms can be a lot to wrap your head around. After all, they are some of the more elaborate complications in the luxury watch industry. And there are so many of them.

So, simply, what are they, and why should they be a part of your collection?

Fundamentally, their functions are all similar; that is, to tell what time it is in multiple geographic locations. How they do it, however, is quite different from each other.

Travel Timers

Travel timers, also known as GMT watches, are timepieces that let their wearer tell the time in one other location through the use of a rotating bezel and a third hand, commonly called the “GMT hand.”

“GMT” stands for Greenwich Mean Time, which is the time established at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London—making it a time zone. Alternatively, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), is a time standard, although most English-speaking countries use the two interchangeably. Ironically, the latter is more commonly used in aviation, which is the industry wherein the GMT watch became popular.

Whichever time the GMT hand points to will serve as the hour hand for the second time zone. For example, on this Rolex GMT-Master II, one can easily see how the times for both locations are set at 10:10. The travel timer is especially useful for those who travel frequently, and move from one time zone to another.

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  • Tudor
  • Baume et Mercier
  • Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” Ref. 126710BLNR

    This black-and-blue GMT watch, dubbed as “Batman,” is perfect for those who think the “Pepsi” was a little bit too colorful.

  • Tudor Black Bay GMT Ref. M79830RB-0002

    Ever imagined the “Pepsi” with a leather strap? Tudor brings your imagination to reality with their rugged “Tiera de Siena” brown leather strap.

  • Baume et Mercier Clifton Ref. 10316

    Rather than a rotatable bezel, or even just a separate hour ring on the dial, this watch prefers to display the other timezone in a sub-dial.

World Timers

On the other hand, world timers—also aptly known as time zone watches—tell time across more than two time zones. Twenty-four, to be exact.

So how do world timers work? Most feature an adjustable ring or two with multiple locations, usually major cities within a time zone. There is also a rotating ring displaying the hours. To set the time, the wearer simply aligns their home time with the correct hour on the time zone bezel. To tell time in different locations, most world timers feature a pusher that adjusts the rings accordingly, but even without these adjustments, the wearer can check the current time in the 23 other time zones at a glance, making them an invaluable tool for those who have loved ones or business partners across the globe.

  • A. Lange & Sohne
  • Chopard L.U.C
  • Girard-Perregaux
  • Lange 1 Time Zone Ref. 116.039

    Inside the white gold case and under the silver dial sits the L031.1 movement, the same movement as with the other two models in platinum and pink gold.

  • Chopard L.U.C Time Traveller One Ref. 168574-3001

    Encased in stainless steel is the in-house L.U.C 01.05-L movement, and can be admired through the transparent sapphire caseback.

  • Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC Ref. 49557-11-132-BB6C

    This 40mm world timer is powered by their self-winding mechanical GP03300-0027 movement.

 

The Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the Year of the Earth Pig. Looking for a dose of luck? Traditionally, its recommended that we wear colors associated with the elements of fire and metal to reap the benefits of earth.

For the unitiated, the rationale lies in how fire creates earth—in the way that fire creates ash—and earth bears metal.

Traditionally, the colors for fire are tones of red, orange, and pink, while for metal, it’s the more straightforward white and gold.

Even if you aren’t a believer in the idea of wearing “lucky” colors, it’s undeniable that certain colors have specific effects on us. What colors we choose to wear or surround ourselves with can affect our emotions and our behavior, which, in turn, can affect our daily lives.

So whether you’re feeling lucky, or don’t even believe in the concept of luck, here’s a list of beautiful watches in these recommended hues.

Red

Red has long been associated with Chinese culture and regarded as a symbol of happiness and prosperity. It’s the color of the iconic lanterns during Chinese New Year and other big celebrations, the color of ampao envelopes containing money given during holidays, as well as the color of the couple’s clothes on their wedding day. It’s also the color most closely associated with the fire element.

  • Breguet
  • Chopard
  • Hublot
  • Jaeger-LeCoultre
  • Rolex
  • Breguet Marie-Antoinette “Dentelle” Ref. GJE16BB20.8924R01

    Establish yourself as a red queen with this watch in the Marie Antoinette jewelry set. Its red strap accentuates the singular ruby set among its diamonds.

  • Chopard Imperiale 40mm Ref. 384240-5002

    Prefer the baguette cut for your jewels? This watch features it in spades with rubies on the bezel and diamonds on the dial.

  • Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic

    As a material, ceramic lends itself to even the most intense shade of red, making this new piece the perfect addition to the Big Bang—and your—collection.

  • Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Celestial Ref. 3482560

    We know it isn’t the same 12 zodiac signs, but it’s in red and has the constellations of the Northern hemisphere on it and we just couldn’t resist.

  • Rolex Day-Date 36 Ref. 118139

    If you’re looking for a subtler statement, then this model’s subdued cherry dial with a matching leather strap is the pick for you.

Pink

The color pink isn’t as significant in Chinese culture as red is, but as a shade of red, it is still associated with fire. If you’re looking for something a little less vibrant and forward as red is, pink is the way to go. (Valentine’s Day is also coming up, a celebration in which pink is pretty crucial, though that’s a story for another time.)

  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • Roger Dubuis
  • Rolex
  • Omega Constellation Co-Axial 27mm 123.25.27.20.57.004

    Channel your inner wild side with this piece’s iconic “Griffes” or claws on the bezel and the coral mother-of-pearl dial resembling fur.

  • Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 4899/900G

    Have an avian fascination? This bejewelled Calatrava’s perfect for you. A feather motif is engraved on the mother-of-pearl dial as well as the hands, and is joined by staggered-set diamonds and pink sapphires.

  • Roger Dubuis Blossom Velvet Pink

    Pablo Neruda once wrote, “I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom but carries / the light of those flowers, hidden, within itself,” but this watch certainly doesn’t hide its flowers, and for that, we love it.

  • Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126715CHNR

    The GMT-Master II in Everose gold with the two-tone brown and black bezel takes two neutrals and meshes it in an iconic model… perfect for the man who prefers rootbeer to Pepsi, so to speak.

Orange

Another color that is tied to the element of fire is orange. The image of the mandarin orange is also a symbol of good fortune, exchanged between family and friends or displayed to invite luck into your environs. So while you might not want to carry a literal orange around with you, a predominantly orange watch just might do the trick.

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Ball
  • Chopard
  • Zenith
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Chronograph Ref. 26231ST.ZZ.D070CA.01

    Perceived as young, loud, and impactful, orange has always been viewed as a more difficult color to style. But Audemars Piguet takes this hue, integrates it into an appropriately sporty watch, and turns it into a statement for your wrist.

  • Ball Engineer Master II Diver TMT Ref. DT1020A-P1-BEORF

    Always wondered why mechanical dive watches never had thermometers? Wonder no more with this cool, glow-in-the-dark watch.

  • Omega Planet Ocean 600M GMT Ref. 232.93.44.22.99.001

    This limited edition timepiece sports a ceramic bezel in an orange so vibrant you can almost taste the citrus.

  • Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Swizz Beatz Ref. 49.9003.9004/76.R591

    If you happen to follow the music industry, specifically that of rappers’, this particular watch is a rare treat. Bonus points if you love diamonds and orange.

White

White is the main color associated with the metal element in the Five Elements theory, and represents the yang force in Chinese philosophy. Besides symbolizing brightness, purity, and fulfilment, white is a color that can work with virtually anything.

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Baume et Mercier
  • Girard-Perregaux
  • Maurice Lacroix
  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Quartz Ref. 67652BC.ZZ.1265BC.01

    This watch has a more than a thousand hundred brilliant-cut diamonds that’ll shine during even the darkest of nights.

  • Baume et Mercier Petite Promesse Ref. 10289

    Looking for a watch that’s a little different? This timepiece, with a classic mother-of-pearl dial surrounded by a diamond-set bezel switches it up with a wraparound stainless steel bracelet.

  • Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Plum Blossom Ref. 80484D11A701-HK7A

    This watch has us grinning like Cheshire cats, with the seconds hand appearing as a charming plum blossom.

  • Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Ref. AI6008-SS002-130-1

    The silver sun-brushed Clous de Paris dial with the Rhodium-plated, white SLN indexes and hands is perfect for a simple, everyday look.

  • Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch White Side of the Moon

    Carry the radiant moon on your wrist with this white ceramic watch.

  • Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-011

    The Nautilus has always been known for its more iconic version with the blue dial, but we think the version with the white dial is just as handsome.

Gold

Last but most definitely not the least is the metal that makes the world go round: gold. It doesn’t matter which culture you’re more familiar with, because this metal universally represents riches, fortune, and good luck. It’s often paired with red in Chinese New Year. Of course, too much gold can be a little bit of, erm, a statement— so here are a few of our favorite, tasteful watches.

  • Audemars Piguet
  • Breitling
  • Chopard
  • Louis Erard
  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • Rolex
  • Vacheron Constantin
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin Ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02

    If you love bling, this yellow gold-on-gold watch will prove to be a great addition to your collection.

  • Breitling Chronomat 44 Steel & Gold – Golden Sun Ref. CB0110121H1C1

    This watch, aptly named the Golden Sun, shines brightly. You’ll even see it glinting during deep dives, down to an impressive 500m.

  • Chopard Happy Diamonds Icons Watch Ref. 209421-5001

    Encased in transparent sapphire crystal, five diamonds dance around the guilloché dial in this charming watch.

  • Louis Erard 01811PR11.BMA84

    This watch utilizes the PVD (physical vapor deposition) process, making the rose gold coating on the watch last years and years and years.

  • Omega Speedmaster ’57 Co-Axial Chronograph 41.5mm Ref. 331.50.42.51.02.001

    Feeling nostalgic? This watch comes from a collection that’s been reimagined as an even better version of the 1957 original.

  • Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Ref. 7300/1200R-010

    Fit for the woman-on-the-go, this rose gold watch features a silver dial with a finish that resembles wild shantung silk.

  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 Ref. 126333

    Feel opulent with this watch’s champagne-colored dial and its use of Yellow Rolesor, a combination of Oystersteel and 18 carat yellow gold.

  • Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Small Model Ref. 25557/Q01R-9277

    At 30mm, this watch is for the tiniest of wrists. Like they always say, the best things in life come in small packages.

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