Ladies watches have always played an important role in the Grand Prix D’Horlogerie de Geneve, or GPHG, and the upcoming edition is no exception. Two categories are exclusively dedicated to ladies timepieces, while others, such as the Jewellery and Artistic Crafts category, also incorporate watches for women. The pre-selected watches are very impressive, and show how far ladies watches have come. Not too long ago, the vast majority of them where quartz powered, and now we see complicated movements combine with intricate designs, often without sacrificing functionality.
One of the contestants in the Ladies category is the Urwerk UR-106 Flower Power. It is still remarkable to see how a very masculine watch brand like Urwerk, can all of a sudden create such a stunning watch for the fairer sex, without compromising any part of the brands DNA.
I often talk to watch executives and I am frequently told that market research shows female Asian buyers prefer the simplicity of quartz. Moreover, they are said to be more interested in the aesthetics of the watch presented. I must admit, this saddens me and I still wonder whether this is actually the case.A watch is an ensemble of micromechanics with parts on the finest watches coalescing in spellbinding beauty. I feel an emotional connection with a mechanical movement, seeing numerous parts quietly conspiring to impart time.Recently an editor asked me to compile a list of watches I would purchase if I were a woman. Firstly, they would have to be mechanical and ideally they should allow me to see the movement within, courtesy of a sapphire caseback. With these two criteria, Chopard happy sport kautschuk Replica have fulfilled my wishes. Notwithstanding this, they have sated another horological need that I have. I adore seeing a finely finished movement.The rotor in this watch is beautifully adorned with C?tes de Genève motif and the bevelling on the bridges is magnificent. There is much merit within the case and whilst it does not pretend to be finished to the elevated standards of Chopard L.U.C, it does example some meritorious details.
It is however up to some tough competition, as Chanel competes in the category with the Première Camélia Skeleton. The brand has very quickly developed itself as a serious player in Haute Horlogerie ladies watches. Regarding design, the brand already has a few classics, but these are now matched with creative, and very beautiful, Manufacture movements.
Audemars Piguet enters the Royal Oak Frosted Gold in this category. It is still remarkable, how after 40 years, the Royal Oak can still look as current as when it first entered the market. However, by applying the Florentine decoration technique, Audemars Piguet has given the watch a whole new look, and one that most likely will please the judges of the GPHG.
Further contestants in this category are the Chopard Imperiale Moonphase, Fiona Krüger’s Petit Skull Celebration “Eternity” and Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène Galaxy.
In the Ladies High-Mech category compete the more complicated women’s watches for the highest honor, such as the Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate. With a miniature butterfly on the dial, which can flutter its wings in a very realistic way, the watch was the talk of SIHH 2017, and might actually do the same at the GPHG.
Tourbillons in ladies watches are no exception anymore. They usually go beyond what we find in men’s watches, a beautiful watch with a tourbillon as main attraction, but rather incorporate it into a watch that also displays other artistic components. A great example of this is the Graff Mastergraff Floral Tourbillon, where the tourbillon is just one ingredient, placed on equal grounds with the rest what this watch has to offer.
Girard-Perregaux emphasizes the moon phase complication with the Cat’s Eye Celestial. As a window to space, it dominates the design of this watch, yet in the most stunning way. Girard-Perregaux achieved this by paying significant attention to also the other details of the watch. A strong contender, but in order to win, it not only needs to beat the two watches mentioned above but also the Claude Meylan Tortue “Petite Fleur,” the Chaumet Creative Complication Colombes and the Little Lange 1 Moonphase by A.Lange & söhne, who also compete in this category.