This year women’s watches are again all the rage, with some of the finest watch brands offering beautiful gemstone-adorned pieces and complex watches with artistic dials or complex calibers. Here we take a look at four fantastic women’s watches that hold hefty (but well worth it) price tags.
MasterGraff Floral Tourbillon
A magnificent work of art and technology, the MasterGraff Floral Tourbillon watch is 38mm of amazing elegance. Offered in several color ways, the watch features elaborate diamond settings and beautifully sculpted and enameled white gold flowers. Each dial takes more than 50 hours of work to complete. Graff Diamonds equips the watch with a tourbillon escapement, visible at 5:00 on the dial. The watch offers 68 hours of power reserve.
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillion Automate
Three years in the making, this stunning watch from Van Cleef & Arpels is an automaton butterfly in a shimmering garden of beauty. The gold and translucent enamel painted butterfly actually flutters its wings in a remarkable display several times each hour and with as many as 19 flutters each time. In a single given hour, depending on the power reserve of the watch, those wings will open and close as many as 100 or more times. Additionally, the wearer can activate the wings on demand by a press of the crown. The movement holds four patents. The exquisite dial is created using a grand mix of champlevé enamel, paillonne enamel, plique-a-jour (translucent) painting, gem setting and more.
Piaget Altiplano Cuff
Piaget has always been a master at crafting gold to make it look like works of art and this newest 18-karat gold cuff watch is no exception. It is meticulously open worked and sculpted in the likeness of flowers. The gold is then set with round brilliants and marquise diamonds for added shimmer. The exceptional gold filigree lacework alone could capture eyes and heats, but the diamonds bring it to a different level. The watch is powered by an ultra-thin mechanical hand-wound movement. The dial is translucent opal.
Bulgari Diva’s Dream Tourbillon Skeleton
Part of the Bulgari Gardens line, the Diva’s Dream Tourbillon Skeleton is set with 76 brilliant-cut diamonds (weighing 1.76 carats) on the 37mm case. Offered in white gold or pink gold, the watch features a lush garden and colorful bird created by hand via micro painting and enameling using more than a dozen different colors. The watch is powered by the hand-wound BVL Caliber 208, equipped with a tourbillon escapement to compensate for the effects of gravity on precision when the watch is in certain positions. Just 50 pieces of each will be made.