Sophisticated horological complications find their place on ladies’ watches, thereby lending a more technical touch to the customary elegance of these models. In black & white or colorful interpretations, appearing on animalthemed, floral or plain dials, brands effectively showcase their expertise through such refined technical feats. These timepieces intended for women and equipped with a perpetual calendar, tourbillon or other complication have no cause to blush when compared with men’s watches – quite the opposite !
Quantième Annuel réf. 4947 – As its name suggests, this 2017 release indicates the date, the days and the months, complemented by moon phases, in an exquisitely feminine interpretation featuring a double vertical and horizontal satin finish reminiscent of wild shantung silk. CHF 44’000.–
Quantième Annuel réf. 4947 © Patek Philippe
Grande Seconde Tourbillon (Mother-of-Pearl) – A reinterpretation of the Grande Seconde model created in the Age of Enlightenment, this model with its mother-of-pearl dial is graced with blue hours and minutes hands sweeping over Roman numerals, and a tourbillon indicating the seconds. CHF 116’750.–
Patek Philippe resale value trumps that of all other manufacturers, whether vintage or modern. Watches performed and delivered within the past couple of weeks for Patek’s 175th anniversary set are already trading on the secondary market for outstanding prices. Pieces like the 5131 Cloisonné Enamel instantly earned nearly double their retail cost, directly from retail. (That they were recently discontinued in white and yellow gold may add much more value to such models.) From a wider, more historic perspective, you could have bought a Calatrava for $300 from the 1950s; now, they can command over $20,000. There are perpetual chronographs — namely the 2499/100 fourth show — which cost less than $20,000 in the 1980s but which bring well over $400,000 today. And an original Nautilus in the 1970s, that initially retailed for less than $3,000, now transactions for over $50,000. Each Patek Philippe Watches For Ladies watch ever produced has a searchable ‘extract’ available in the Patek Philippe archives. It instills great confidence knowing you can supply the date of creation and original date of sale for every single Patek Philippe made since 1839. When you meet somebody who possesses a Patek watch, it’s a safe bet that they have done something extraordinary with their life. The extracts, that meticulously detail the background of each watch, evoke moments in people’ lives which have been indicated by purchasing a Patek Philippe. Patek does not contain the names of previous owners on its own extracts, but most members of every royal family and countless heads-of-state and actors are in these archives. It is fantastic fodder for the imagination. Maybe the previous owner was celebrating the end of a war with your view, the launch of a new life with someone, or the birth of a child. Some of the most gorgeous watches we see’ve not come up for auction before.
Grande Seconde Tourbillon © Jaquet Droz
MasterGraff Floral Tourbillon (Pink Mother-of-Pearl) – Equipped with a tourbillon caliber specially designed for a feminine model, this timepiece indicates the hours and minutes by means of rounded hands gliding over gently spinning handpainted white gold flowers. CHF 250’000.–
MasterGraff Floral Tourbillon © Graff
Lady Compliquée Peacock Black – Winner of the “Ladies’ High- Mech” prize in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2015, the peacock return in a black and white version indicating the minutes on its feathers when its tail is unfurled, while the hour displayed on a rotating disk corresponds to the numeral facing the crown. CHF 37’260.–
Lady Compliqué Peacock Black © Fabergé