Choice picks to suit varied tastes and smaller wrists.
VACHERON CONSTANTIN HEURES CREATIVES HEURE ROMANTIQUE
It’s been a good year for ladies’ timepieces at Vacheron Constantin. In February, it launched its new haute couture-inspired women’s collection, Egerie, which we also highly recommend, by the way.
A couple of months later, it unveiled its first automatic tourbillon model for ladies: the Traditionnelle Tourbillon in pink gold or white gold with diamonds. Demonstrating its more whimsical side, however, is the latest in the Heures Creatives range of jewellery watches influenced by the brand’s archival pieces from the ’20s, ’30s and ’70s. Inspired by a 1916 timepiece bearing the organic lines and ornate style characteristic of Art Nouveau, the new iteration of the Heure Romantique has a black mother-of-pearl dial in a flower-shaped, white gold case.
One hundred and twenty-three round-cut diamonds, weighing a total of 2.6 carats and set on its bezel, crown and delightful leaf-shaped lugs, light up this timepiece. Measuring 36.2mm in length and 26.5mm across, the Heure Romantique is a slender watch that will fit the smallest wrists. While one might assume that it’s fitted with a quartz movement, it is actually powered by Vacheron Constantin’s Calibre 1055, a petite manually wound movement with a diameter of just 15.7mm.
CHOPARD ALPINE EAGLE SMALL
Even though we have a category of women’s watches here, we believe timepieces are inherently ungendered. At the end of the day, it’s really about individual preferences. The Chopard Alpine Eagle Small, measuring 36mm, is one of those timepieces that could be worn by either gender. This year, the brand adds a new steel variant with a diamond-set bezel and a blue dial to its Alpine Eagle Small range. Those who prefer their watches without diamonds should also check out the earlier variants, which include steel, rose gold
or two-tone models.
PATEK PHILIPPE TWENTY-4
Two years ago, Patek Philippe introduced its round Twenty-4 Automatic ladies’ watches powered by self-winding movements. Now, it revives its original rectangular Twenty-4 quartz timepieces that were first launched in 1999.
Available with a brown or blue dial, each of the two new steel models is set with 36 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and is powered by the brand’s Calibre E15 quartz movement. The dial has been given a more contemporary look, with Arabic numerals replacing the previous Roman numerals and trapezium-shaped, white-gold hour markers in place of diamond hour markers.
AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK SELFWINDING 34MM
Introduced this year with four models in steel and/or pink gold, the Royal Oak Selfwinding in 34mm is the smallest
mechanical Royal Oak right now – and a big leap for female fans of the iconic model. Before the launch of the four
new models, the closest choices were either the 37mm self-winding model – which many women still find a tad large
– or the quartz-powered 33mm model. Trust us when we say that this is the one for the Goldilocks in your life who
has been searching high and low for the perfect Royal Oak.