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Baselworld 2013 – The Best of the Ladies’ Watches part 1

by Joanne Ward
30 April, 2013
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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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Baselworld

Baselworld 2013 is well and truly underway, and if you hadn’t noticed…well, you probably need to get out more. (Ed: Or stay in more and read Click Tempus!) The predominant event of the year for watch and jewellery enthusiasts – populated by some of the most prestigious names in the industry – is showcasing some mighty fine women’s watches, and there truly is something for all tastes; small and stylish, big and bling or clean and classic.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster

This resplendent rose gold creation by Rolex boasts a stunning copper hue, created in the company’s own foundry, and can be teamed with either a white or black mother of pearl dial; a choice perhaps determined by the contents of your wardrobe. A pink gold lotus motif – a symbol unique in its meaning for different cultures – provides a base for the Roman numeral indices, with the larger ‘VI’ represented by 11 diamonds. A dainty 29mm diameter case houses a white gold bezel, with a channel of 34 brilliant-cut diamonds flowing inside it and branching off two-fold along the bracelet.

Hublot Big Bang Cavier Red Gold Diamonds

Based on and inspired by Hublot’s famous mens’ One Million Dollar Black Caviar and Big Bang Black Cavier watches, the 41mm Big Bang Cavier Red Gold Diamonds needs no song-and-dance intro, pretty much speaking for itself.  The sumptuous deep red tone of gold, together with the dazzling 36-diamond bezel, pushes this piece past the boundaries of a handsome technical watch and into the realms of high-quality horological luxury.  The graphic, bezeled lines criss-crossing the surface pay homage to the sleek black baguette-cut diamonds present on the men’s aforementioned model.  The date is helpfully placed in a trapezoid window at 3 o’clock, with high-shine black logo not far above, and the same metallic hue is carried over into the calfskin, rubber-backed strap.

Dior Christal Blue


The demand for denim never abates, and Dior clearly understand and satisfy this need with their dazzling grey-blue offering, directly inspired by the trends on show at many Spring/Summer 2013 catwalk shows. Tiny diamonds set into a ring on the dial are juxtaposed with pyramid-shaped, blue sapphire crystals that create a wondrous texture and multiple facets that play games with the light. This piece is more fashion item than serious mechanical masterpiece, but nevertheless it doesn’t fail to impress with its simple shape, subtle markings and harmonious colour scheme.

De Grisogono Sugar Watch


The aptly titled Sugar watch from De Grisogono couldn’t be more appropriately named; reminiscent of crystallised treats found in a traditional sweet shop, the choice of diamonds, emeralds, orange or blue sapphires will make you feel like a kid in one too. The pink gold case – and on some models, the dial – positively froths with gems of all sizes, and you’d be forgiven for wanting to sink your teeth into its seemingly succulent façade.  The embellishment doesn’t stop at the watch face, however, with its slightly mobile cascade of jewels; flip over to the case back and you’ll see more of the beauties, as well as a sprinkling on the clasp.

Chanel J12 White Phantom and Limited Edition Premier Flying Tourbillon

Approach with caution; Chanel’s ghostly J12 White Phantom is likely to dazzle. This monochromatic wonder commemorates the launch of the first J12 at Baselworld, and styles itself as the limited 10-year birthday edition with only 2,000 available. Everything on this ceramic watch is white – a key colour for the summer months ahead – apart from the outer steel edge of the bezel and the case back, which is fittingly engraved with ‘J12 WHITE 10TH ANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION’.

A further impressive piece to be unveiled by Chanel is the Limited Edition Premier Flying Tourbillon; in either black or white with blue or pink sapphires respectively, the dial of each features a diamond-studded camellia motif, a tribute to the fashion house’s founder who loved the form and fullness of the flowers’ petals. An 18 carat white gold case contains a bezel of 39 baguette-cut sapphires, gorgeously cut to compliment the overall shape of the watch – modelled on the stopper of a Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle – and the hour and minute hands themselves are garnished with the tiniest of diamonds.

Omega Ladymaster



Omega is expanding on their highly successful Ladymatic collection with the addition of new models with striking dials and desirable colours. The stainless steel case is a petite 34mm, available either with polished or snow-set diamond studded bezel, and houses the ‘supernova’ patterned dial, with 11 diamond-set indices and a date window at 3 o’clock. Available in four colourways – purple, pink or blue mother of pearl and grey – there is a choice of colour-matched satin-brushed leather strap or polished stainless steel bracelet.

Jaquet-Droz Petite Heure Minute 35mm

The unique ‘boutique’ brand within the Swatch Group is releasing what is perhaps their first ladies’ watch to be featured on a bracelet, in the form of the Petite Heure Minute 35mm.  The ‘petite’ refers not only to the 35mm case, but also to the smaller time dial at the top-centre of the watch face – a trademark of many Jaquet-Droz designs.  The engraved sunburst pattern is accentuated by the cloudy blue mother of pearl, in effect creating a sky in which eight tiny stars float and twinkle.  A double row of 160 diamonds forms the bezel, with another two diamonds set one atop another on the asymmetrically-linked stainless steel bracelet.

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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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