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Mother’s Day – spend a little time

by Michael Weare
6 May, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Frederique Constant Maxime Manufacture Lady

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday across much of the world so today we take a brief break from our exclusively male oriented watch world to feature an article by acclaimed watch journalist Elizabeth Doerr on ways you can show your mother just how much she is appreciated.

The modern notion of Mother’s Day originated – where else? – in the United States.

The “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a song written in 1870 by American abolitionist, social activist, and poet Julia Ward Howe (“Battle Hymn of the Republic”), was published in 1870 as a pacifist reaction to the Franco-Prussian and American Civil Wars. Howe firmly believed that women had a responsibility to aid in shaping their societies at a political level.

International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in February 1909 in the United States.

Mother’s Day is now generally celebrated on the second Sunday in May in most parts of the world, though there are a few exceptions – such as in France and its former colonies, where it is celebrated on the last Sunday in May. According to Wikipedia, “in most countries, Mother’s Day is a recent observance derived from the holiday as it has evolved in America.”

For Mom

If you are looking for something really unique for the woman who gave you life, there are a number of luxury brands that offer exquisite timepieces with any degree of gemstone setting.

Graff’s Mastergraff Skeleton

Graff Mastergraff Skeleton Rose Limited Edition

Diamond specialist Graff’s Mastergraff Skeleton, a limited edition of only ten pieces, will have mom looking at her stylish wrist without pause. The manually wound skeletonized tourbillon firmly ensconced in sapphire crystal is encased within a 48 mm case faceted to resemble a brilliant-cut diamond. The transparent effect combined with 164 individual diamonds (more than 21 ct) is breathtaking.

Korloff

Korloff Luna

Paris-based Korloff is a brand that takes its name from the legendary Korloff Noir – the biggest black diamond in the world. The company’s own Korloff cut boasts 65 facets to magnify the already majestic beauty of a diamond.

Mom can wear necklaces, pendants, rings, earrings, and even watches from Korloff’s Luna collection. These quartz timepieces can be set with any number of Korloff-cut diamonds, though a light sprinkling of the glittering stones on a rose gold PVD-coated stainless steel case is perfectly charming for wear during the day.

DeLaneau Atame

DeLaneau Atame

DeLaneau’s emotional feel was naturally created by a woman: Cristina Thévenaz’s decidedly feminine, yet positively unique, designs are always manufactured in the highest quality materials and generally powered by Swiss mechanical movements. Her focus has remained on femininity and workmanship, two characteristics that aren’t always necessarily congruous.

She herself defines the brand as, “timeless, but with a style, a flair.” The Atame line, introduced late last year, can be dressed in many ways and uniquely embellished to fit the singular woman it is purchased for. Visit the DeLaneau boutiques in New York or Geneva to sample the variety of this uniquely feminine world.

Females in the Spotlight

Frédérique Constant Maxime Manufacture Lady

Frederique Constant Maxime Manufacture Lady

At Baselworld 2011, Frédérique Constant introduced a new concept that could well become a favorite among mothers and daughters. The brand’s Junior Ladies Collection, dedicated to girls aged 12 to 16, is the perfect counterpart to a full-sized feminine model from the brand with an automatic manufacture movement like the Maxime Manufacture Lady (which starts at the reasonable price of $3,250).

The very affordable Junior Ladies Collection is characterized by a delicately polished 26 mm stainless steel case and powered by an easy-to-use quartz movement. This brand understands well that women love to accessorize, which is why the feminine models are outfitted with the quick-change strap system and come with a selection of colored satin straps.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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  1. Keylon

    I was so confused about what to buy, but this makes it udnestrandalbe.

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