As for past articles, selected watches are here listed alphabetically, not in order of preference.
A. Lange & Sohne Little Lange 1 Moon Phase
The Little Lange 1 Moon Phase by A. Lange & Söhne is exquisitely elegant with its guilloched, argenté-coloured dial framed by the 36.8 mm pink-gold case. Featuring two golden moons, the lunar disc of this model is also argenté-coloured. The astronomical complication emulates the synodic orbit of the earth’s companion so accurately that it only needs to be corrected by one day every 122.6 years. Shiny pink-gold hands and appliques accentuate the asymmetric dial with its precisely jumping outsize date display and power reserve indicator. Visible through the sapphire-crystal caseback, the new 3 Hz hand-wound L121.2 movement includes the characteristic twin mainspring barrel with a power reserve of 72 hours and the hand-engraved balance cock. Full article.
Blancpain Villeret Quantième à Phase de Lune
Powered by an automatic movement equipped with a glucydur balance wheel and a balance spring in silicon for top performances, the Blancpain Villeret Quantième à Phase de Lune comes with a stainless steel case topped by a bezel adorned with 48 full-cut diamonds and a nice set of five interchangeable straps. Thanks to the possibility to remove and exchange the strap by simply pressing the functional catches, the owner can quickly change the look of the watch for different occasions. Measuring 29.20 mm in diameter, the round case frames a matt white dial swept over by solid leaf-shaped hands, a pointer-type date display and a sapphire moon-phase indication. The latter is a horological complication that had almost vanished from the scene until Blancpain reintroduced it in the early 1980s, then becoming a signature of the Manufacture. Full article.
Glashütte Original Pavonina, new 2017 models
The German brand expanded its successful Pavonina collection with new models offering an wide range of colours. By combining dials, case metals, lugs, and bracelets, Glashütte Original was able to create such a large variety of models that any woman should be able to find its favourite. Gently curved, anthracite coloured font expressly developed for the Pavonina line, lends the Roman numerals – usually very sober and serious – a feminine and contemporary character that well harmonises with the iridescent natural mother-of-pearl dials. The cushion-shaped 31 mm x 31 mm case is available in stainless steel, red gold or in a mix of the two materials. The flexible lugs ensure excellent comfort and can be set with diamonds to enhance the preciousness of these timepieces. Full article.
IWC Da Vinci Automatic 36 and Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36
Compared to the other models of the new collection launched by IWC in 2017, the Da Vinci Automatic 36 and Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 are not only smaller and slimmer, but also have a more feminine design, with rounded crowns and a less pronounced twin-frame bezel. The perfectly readable dials are characterized by a recessed inner circle adding a three-dimensional structure, Arabic numerals, lancet-shaped hands and a round date window at 6 o’clock. Thanks to the moving horns, the lugs do not protrude and the strap or bracelet is held comfortably close to slim wrists. All watches are equipped with automatic movements, are tested for water-resistance to 3 bar (30 metres / 100 feet) and have a power reserve of 42 hours. The IWC Da Vinci models for Ladies are available in steel, steel with diamonds or red gold. Full article.
Moritz Grossmann TEFNUT Twist
With the new TEFNUT Twist, Moritz Grossmann introduced a new winding mechanism: the Grossmann strap winder. This ingenious alternative to the conventional crown winder allows the watch to be wound with turns of the strap attachment located at 6 o'clock in the case. The strap offers a big enough surface for a firm grip and, even with gloves or freshly applied nail polish, the watch can be fully wound with just a few twists of the strap. A backstop ratchet allows bidirectional winding while a bridle prevents damage that could be caused by excessive force. Slow-beating at 18,000 vibrations per hour, the movement offers a power reserve of 48 hours when fully wound. The TEFNUT Twist with strap winder comes in three versions: "Classic", "Fancy", and "Gent" with rose-gold and white-gold cases. Sizes are the same for all versions: 36 mm the diameter and 9.64 mm the height. Full article.
Richard Mille RM 07-01 Nephrite EMEA Limited Edition
The new Richard Mille RM 07-01 Nephrite is a sporty yet eminently feminine wristwatch for Ladies whose distinctive shape is enhanced by an elegant touch of colour given by nephrite. One of two distinct mineral forms classified as jade (the other is jadeite), nephrite is prized for its special qualities: its extreme toughness, its alluring translucency and a smooth polished feel. Combined with diamonds, it gives a truly special allure to the dial of the new timepiece. The watch can be matched to a white rubber strap or to a white gold gourmette bracelet with micro-blasted, satin-brushed and polished surfaces. The finishes are entirely handcrafted. Full article.
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate
First showcased by Van Cleef & Arpels at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2017, the Lady Arpels Papillon Automate watch depicts the random fluttering of a butterfly, accompanying the passage of time against a bucolic backdrop. The butterfly is settled on a flower and, as the hours and minutes flow on the right, it comes to life with random beats of its wings, two to five times in a row, depending on the power reserve. When the watch is not being worn, the butterfly is set in motion 19 times per hour at irregular intervals. The butterfly can also be activated on demand: by pressing the push-button on the caseband the wings will beat five consecutive times. Enriched by several decorative techniques, the dial is framed by a 38 mm white gold case entirely set with diamonds. Full article.