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The Top Five Women’s Watches Of 2019 (You would never know it by today’s bro-centric collectors’ culture, but the wristwatch was originally invented for women)

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  • The Top Five Women’s Watches Of 2019 (You would never know it by today’s bro-centric collectors’ culture, but the wristwatch was originally invented for women)

    first 100 years of existence worn almost exclusively by women

    JAN 25, 2020 — BY CAROL BESLER

    You would never know it by today’s bro-centric collectors’ culture, but the wristwatch was originally invented for women, and it was worn almost exclusively by women for its first 100 years of existence — with the notable exception of Alberto Santos-Dumont, who wore his trusty Cartier while flying his plane. After a century of being overtaken and overshadowed by an outstanding array of men’s watches, women’s time has come again. Women’s watches now come with purpose-built movements, intelligent design, and high end finish, making them every bit as collectible as men’s. Though we’re already in January now, I want to think back on the women’s watches we saw released last year, in 2019. Here are my top five:


    This watch is a work of horological performance art, conceived by Max Busser, the most creative designer in watches this century. The design is both ultra-contemporary and high-tech, with its front-and-center flying tourbillon escapement perched on top of the dial next to a time dial tilted at 50º under a domed sapphire, and, at the same time, stands as a tribute to traditional watchmaking. The baguette diamond setting is executed in spectacular 3D style, hugging the curved dial plate and flange-like water tumbling over Niagara Falls. The baguette diamond version (priced at $315,000) is set with 294 diamonds, including 134 on the dial, 124 on the case, 12 on the buckle, 26 on the two crowns and one on top of the tourbillon cage, totaling 8.2 carats. The gold rotor is engraved as a sun motif — a life-giving force symbolic of women. At 20mm-thick, however, it is not for every woman.




    There is nothing else like the Pont des Amoureux (“lover’s bridge” in French), and that, of course, is the pont, er, point. At midnight and noon, the tiny gold man and woman figures on the dial come together for a kiss in the moonlight on a bridge in Paris. It lasts three minutes — pretty long for a kiss, but alors, it is the French way, explains one Van Cleef staffer. After the kiss, the couple separates. The woman returns to the beginning of a jumping retrograde hour scale on one side of the dial and the man to his retrograde minutes on the other. Twelve hours later, they meet again in the middle. They will also kiss on demand at the push of a button. The automatic movement was developed exclusively for Van Cleef & Arpels by Jean-Marc Weiderrecht of the Swiss boutique movement firm Agenhor. The automatic movement has a Valfleurier Q020 base rather than the manual-wound Jaeger-LeCoultre base of the original, which was introduced in an earlier version of this model in 2010. Prices begin at $123,000 for the winter version of the Pont des Amoureux. There are three others, decorated according to the seasons, at price on demand.

    Chanel J12

    Like most other laudable watches introduced last year, the J12 is a remake, but unlike the rest, it is not a tribute to a vintage classic, but to a modern one, since the original was launched only 20 years ago. In that short time, the J12 it has become an icon, on par with the Cartier Panthère and the Rolex Datejust. The redesign retains the basic codes — ceramic case and bracelet, notched bezel, large case, and Chanel logo. But now it has a larger dial opening and what Chanel describes as a “more refined” bezel, with 40 notches instead of 30. It also has a new font, and the width of the crown was reduced by a third. As someone who wears a J12, I can attest to the absolute necessity of the latter; that enormous crown needed adjusting. It also has a new movement, the COSC-rated caliber 12.1 automatic, with a 70-hour power reserve, developed by the new Rolex/Tudor-owned manufacturer Kenissi, in which Chanel has a 20% stake. (Previously the J12 automatic had an ETA 2892). It has a stop-seconds feature during time-setting, a date function, and rapid date-correction. Two great final touches: diamond indicators are an option, and a touch of Super-LumiNova makes the hands glow in the dark. $5,700.
    "Flesh could not keep its glamour, nor eyes their sheen. They would go to nothing soon. But monsters are forever"

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
    If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.
    As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide".
    Abraham Lincoln

  • #2
    mens did not wear no stinkin' " wristlet "...until mens needed to hold their rifle in WW1 and could no longer check their PW...thus wrist watch for men born out of necessity


    • #3
      Some stunning pieces to be sure! Thanks for posting this up, Mike.