Continuing our look at the finest ladies’ watches to be unveiled at Baselworld 2013, it is clear that there are some serious contenders for the title of Best New Ladies’ Watch.
Mulco Krypton and Bluemarine Glass
Since being acquired by top-notch entrepreneurs and undergoing a brand refresh, Mulco has proudly descended on Baselworld 2013 with pieces from its latest collections; the futuristic Krypton and the innovative Bluemarine Glass. Mulco are already renowned for their ultramodern, chunky offerings, however the Krypton line surpasses this, offering metallic finishes that coexist with soft feminine hues on the dial and straps – such as pale beige and pastel blue – and finished with an interestingly patterned dial. The Bluemarine Glass collection features a band of vibrant colour in the space between the case and the time dial, with half the dial reserved for an interesting small-weave fabric texture. Again, this line features an interesting marriage of pretty tones and sleek metallics.
Hermès Arceau Petit Lune
A moonphase display is a pretty awesome feature on its own merits, but in the context of such a stylish timepiece as Hermès’ Arceau Petit Lune, its hands-down the main attraction. A tribute to the original Arceau collection created 35 years ago, the watch also retains some of the original features, most noticeably the stirrup-shaped lugs and clasp; this is a motif that has become signature for the house of Hermès, and marks it out as a ‘dressage’ watch. A date subdial rests at 6 o’clock on the mother of pearl dial, and the remaining hour indices are italicised and picked out with tiny pearls. The ornate lunar window is rendered in blue, a colour scheme consistent with the matt blue alligator leather strap – or instead you can opt for the more mysterious black dial and matching strap.
Konstantin Chaykin Levitas Marine
Should you want to preserve year-round holiday memories of a cerulean sea, sunshine and warm nights, the Levitas Marine from Konstantin Chaykin will step up to the plate. Harmonic hues of lapis lazuli, turquoise and amethyst stones are intertwined in a Florentine mosaic design, a complicated technique attributed to the most skilled of jewellers. The mysterious ‘levitating’ movement of the time dial is viewed through a completely transparent sapphire window, all encircled by a diamond-encrusted bezel and finished with a satiny royal blue strap.
Patek Philippe White Gold Ladies Gondolo
A new take on the existing rose gold version, Patek Philippe’s White Gold Ladies Gondolo features a staggering 367 diamonds on its hand-guilloched dial that effervesce like tiny bubbles. As if that were not enough gems, there are a further 480 on the case, set in such a way as to completely cover the base material. The cool blue of the cabochon indices, hour and minute hands and brushed satin strap work particularly well with the streamlined design, giving it a cool, airy feel.
Breguet Reine de Naples Anniversary Special 8973
The trend for white gold and blue as a complimentary team has not gone unnoticed by many of the big names at Baselworld, not least Breguet. Its Reine de Naples Anniversary Special 8973 is an exercise in high quality watchmaking, utilising the popular colour scheme whilst paying tribute to the timepiece first made by the company for Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples. A striking mechanism in the shape of a diamond-hearted rose and flanking, ornate hammers highlights each hour with two chimes repeated three times, a function that can be disabled by a pushpiece at 2 o’clock. The sapphire caseback allows viewing of an oval-shape movement that mimics the case shape, and the beautifully designed dial and flange sparkle with 233 diamonds and 303 multi-shaded blue sapphires, all set off by the white alligator strap.
Chopard L.U.C. XP Urushi Snake and Imperiale Chrono All Black
The L.U.C XP Urushi Snake by Chopard is a delectable delight of a novelty watch, a feast for the eyes in sumptuous tones that employs impressive artisanal techniques. It showcases the Japanese art of urushi-e – meaning lacquered picture – in the form of a flowering, good-luck bush with a serpent coiled around it. The maki-e method is used on the background setting of the dial, and a lustrous shimmer is achieved by sprinkling a lacquered coating with sparkling metal powder, using bamboo tubes and small, natural hair brushes as application tools. The base metal of the piece is 18 carat pink gold, and is complimented by a glossy black leather strap.
The Imperiale Chrono All Black is exactly that; mysteriously glossy and as black as the night, a versatile addition to day outfits or glamorous wrist wear for evening endeavours. The Imperiale collection was originally conceived in the Nineties, and, after undergoing an extensive redesign in 2010, now welcomes the sophisticated diamond-studded All Black to its ranks. The bezel serves to break up the continuous colour, but may create happy confusion as to whether the piece is sporty or chic – the answer is, it can be both. The dial serves up plenty of interesting details, but doesn’t get bogged down with unnecessary embellishments and clashing colours, maintaining the intended monochrome look. A lotus-shaped crown adorned with an onyx graces the steel-with-DLC (diamond-like coating) case – a feature that gives it its distinctive shiny black finish – with the piece being a suitably impressive 40mm and supported by a DLC steel coated bracelet.