Diamonds are women’s best friend, well not really. The woman of today does look at high end luxury watches and fine watchmaking as a ‘must have’ accessory. Watches tell a story ! History has it that wrist watches have been associated with women for decades now. With the new age women, watches exude a sense of power and emotion which very few materialistic objects can.
As per Hindu mythology, ‘Shakti’ is associated as the power in women which strike a perfect equilibrium of balance in the world. With the festive season right around the corner, lets make Diwali an occasion to respect and love this powerful gender.
Here are our top 5 picks for the ladies this Diwali
1. Cartier I Panthere de Cartier
Cartier often known as a high end jewellery brand and rightly so. However it is also one of the most respected watch makers in the world. The house of Cartier has a plethora of watches to offer.
The Panthere de Cartier medium model in yellow gold is the ‘one watch collection’ which every woman must have. The Cartier yellow gold Panthere with a factory set brilliant cut diamond bezel on a 27mm dial is everything done right in a watch. Iconic as the design, the roots of this watch are also attributed to a woman named Jeanne Toussiant, who was a Parisian style icon in the 1900s, soon to become the Head of Creation of Cartier, a position which is not usually held by a woman in those days.
2. Vacheron Constantin I Historiques American 1921
Seizing the momentum of the roaring 20’s is the new white gold 36.5mm American 1921. This Vacheron Constantin with a twist is an unusual shape but extremely sleek and slender. Featuring a grained silver-toned dial with black-painted Arabic numerals and a snailed small seconds counter this watch is an ode to the rich heritage of Vacheron Constantin. Beating off the hours, minutes and small seconds, the manual-winding Vacheron Constantin Calibre 4400 AS is also offset from its traditional axis and extended by a crown positioned at 1:30 am. Adding a retro touch in tune with the original design, the circumference of the dial is accentuated by a minutes track. A powerful expression of time.
3. Roger Dubuis I Velvet Pink Gold
Although we did mention that diamonds are not the epitome of what women want from their watches, there is absolutely no harm in a little sparkle, well more than a little this case. The new 36mm pink gold Velvet by Roger Dubuis is yet another testament to the brands motto ‘NO RULES, OUR GAME’. A bold and brazen mechanical work of art that is visible in every line, every component and every diamond. This royal blue Velvet has a beautiful stellaria base dial that is made of Murano glass. With the Roman numerals plated in pink gold and pink gold polished appliques hour markers at 12 and 6, it is further accentuated with a barrel-shaped centre paved with round diamonds. To succumb to this temptation is a no brainer.
4. Jaeger-LeCoultre I Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds
With the elegance and power it exudes, it’s hard to fathom that this one was actually born out of a challenge in the 1930’s. No diamonds or frills just a classic rectangular monoface small seconds watch. This new tribute with a case that measures 45.6 X 27.4 is just 8.5mm thin. A deep green dial paired with beautiful fauceted dauphine hands and a matching leather strap will certainly not fade into the background. But the highlight, like all the monoface Reverso’s is the fact that you can make it your own by engraving a special moment, memory, a date etc on the bare face of the caseback. Just like the strong and empowering women out there, the beauty and simplicity of a Reverso lies in the complexities.
5. Panerai I Piccolo Due Madreparla (PAM 1280)
Not the obvious choice for too many women but the new Panerai Piccolo Due Madreperla is a versatile and eclectic expression of Italian taste expanding the frontiers of the Luminor Due line, reinterpreting it with an all-embracing vision. Generally considered as a brand with ‘chunky’ watches, the aesthetic on this one are unprecedented by Panerai, enhanced by iridescent mother-of-pearl, a lustrous material that endows each watch with a unique character. It proves an elegant complement to the pink gold colour hands, applied numerals and date window that gleam with warm radiance, and reflects the light shed by numerals and indices filled by white SuperLumiNovaTM with green luminescence.
Most of our picks for the ladies this years, are the not so usual, usual suspects – just a few watches that endorse the fact that although diamonds may or may not be a girls best friend, watches are not just for the boys.