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Blancpain Watches offer Dazzle and Determination

Blancpain Watches offer Dazzle and Determination

Blancpain has long been committed to designing watches for women as well as for men. The brand even has a watch dedicated annually to Saint Valentine’s Day. Recently, the brand has been unveiling more watches for women that fit the bill for elegance and sophistication. In fact, the brand’s stunning timepieces for women even made their way to the Gran Prix d’ Horology, Geneva, this year.   Recently, we had the chance to spend some time with Blancpain examining some of these newest watches – most with stunning mother of pearl dials and intriguing diamond accents. Each also boasts a superlative movement – offering women both beauty and brawn thanks to the mechanical prowess.  Among the highlights: the Complete Calendar watch that boasts 152 diamonds on the dial in an original gem-setting pattern that features interwoven rows of various sized diamonds that emulate the stepped case, which is also set with diamonds. There is also the incredible off-center Extra Plate “three-hand” watch. With mother-of-pearl dial offered in white, pale blue and other hues, this watch features off-centered hours and minutes subdial at 12:00 and a retrograde 30-second indication at 6:00. A wave set with subtly graded diamonds undulates on either side to ensure a perfect balance. The stunning beauty houses Blancpain’s new 226-part mechanical self-winding movement Calibre 2663SR, with a heart that beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour. The sapphire crystal caseback offers a view of the meticulously finished movement with Côtes de Genève patterning and an oscillating weight shaped like a five-petal flower. The gold versions are offered with an exotic ostrich strap. The steel version comes with a leather strap. Indeed, for those serious about a fine watch with a good pedigree in mechanical timepieces (that is all this brand does), Blancpain is a great...
Carl F. Bucherer Unveils Sexy new Pathos Collection

Carl F. Bucherer Unveils Sexy new Pathos Collection

Since its inception more than 125 years ago, Carl F. Bucherer has catered to women. While it is well-known for its complex mens’ watches, this brand has  — time and again — released statement-making watches for the fairer sex. Now, with the launch of its newest collection, Pathos, the brand sets even higher standards — offering a creative and alluring line that will definitely be turning heads. Utilizing a round case shape, Carl F. Bucherer meticulously designed a unique and intriguing open-worked side for  seductive appeal. The open-worked design features flowing, feminine shapes that not only adorn the case sides, but also are also carried over into an inner decorative ring surrounding the dial. Additionally, the line deftly blends a white patterned dial with rose gold and stainless steel accents for ultimate texture and interplay of noble materials. With diversity in mind, Carl F. Bucherer is releasing several different versions of the Pathos, including a two tone Diva model with an automatic caliber, CFB 1963, and sapphire caseback for viewing the meticulously finished movement. The Pathos Queen houses the automatic caliber 1969, and the Pathos Princess houses a quartz movement, the caliber CFB 1855. Each rendition is created with varying amounts of diamonds. There is also a stunning diamond version and an intriguing high-jeweled model. Both of these pieces feature stunning art-deco motif dials, one partially set with diamonds and the other fully set with diamonds for enchanting majesty. The haute joaillerie piece is crafted n 18-karat white gold and set with 98 diamond baguettes and 254 diamond brilliants on the case, and 360 diamonds on the bracelet. The dial is set with a 100-baguette diamonds and 88 brilliants. In all this watch – created n a limited edition of 88 pieces — is set with 12 carats of diamonds....
Trend Report:  Mechanical and Automatic Watches for Women

Trend Report: Mechanical and Automatic Watches for Women

  Watch brands have been discovering that  women care almost as much about what’s under the hood, so to speak, as men, and so they up the ante. In fact, many top brands brands are offering timepieces in prices across the board that offer brawn as well as beauty. Translated:  many are now offering their ladies’ watches with mechanical movement inside – ensuring that every time a woman picks up her watch to wear it, she doesn’t have to worry about a dead battery. Generally, there are two genres of mechanical watches: Automatics, also referred to as self-winding, and manual winding watches. As their names imply, a self-winding watch winds itself automatically with the movement of the wearer’s wrist by powering a mainspring that is torqued to release the power consistently. These watches generally offer a certain amount of power reserve (usually 48 hours but some offer more) to keep the watch running between wearings without the wearer having to reset them. Manual winding watches are those that one needs to physically turn the crown to wind the watch. Again, the watch will run for a set amount of time before needing to be re-wound. Both offer hours of endless pleasure, as the wearer has the distinct knowledge that hundreds of tiny pieces work harmoniously inside that half-dollar-sized case to keep time perfectly.  Among the functions most often incorporated in today’s new watches for women: calendars, moon phases, dual-time zones. (Portions of this article first appeared in September Vegas Magazine in a feature by Roberta Naas.)  ...
Three Top Ralph Lauren Watches for Women

Three Top Ralph Lauren Watches for Women

  Earlier in the year, Ralph Lauren unveiled some pretty impressive timepieces for women — raising  the bar when it comes to inspiration and design.  Here we bring you a close up look at three top watches — each special in its own way. Easily the most impressive new lines from this distinguished American designer is the Art Deco 867 collection. Inspired by the Roaring  Twenties, Ralph Lauren’s 867 series features geometrical delight via  square cases with incredible accents achieved by using enamel inset, gemstones and color. Offered in either rose gold or white gold  with dials that feature both Roman and Arabic numerals, this collection is a sure-fire winner for women who want a special allure on their wrists.  A variety of bejeweled versions are offered, including diamond-set models, a full pave’ model, and others bedecked with gems reminiscent of the heady days of yesteryear such as onyx, green agate, red coral-based stone and white ceramic.  These watches – equipped with manual wind movements — are like a breath of fresh air. Further embracing its equestrian roots, Ralph Lauren  also unveils another jeweled Stirrup watch – this time a Stirrup Petite Diamond Link watch in a sleek, alluring size. Crafted in 18-karat white gold, the full pave’ watch houses a 57-part quartz movement, features a sapphire crystal with internal and external anti-reflective treatment and boasts more than 500 meticulously set diamonds. The Petite Diamond Stirrup watch (with lacquered dial) is water resistant to 30 meters—if one cares to venture in to the deep blue with so many glistening diamonds on the wrist. Additionally, just out for summer and fall are the new Ralph Lauren Stirrup watches in bold and inviting color. Indeed, the brand unveils a painter’s palette of a dozen different hues, with straps offered in apple green, bright yellow and vivid pink, as well as in neutral tones, black and...
Experience the Beauty of Vacheron Constantin Watches and the Ballerina Series

Experience the Beauty of Vacheron Constantin Watches and the Ballerina Series

By Samantha Walsh For those with a passion for the arts, Vacheron Constantin’s new additions will be right up your ally, as these stunning Hommage a l’Art da Danse watches combine the elegance of ballet, the beauty of enameling, and the technic prowess of watchmaking. Inspired by the life of a ballerina, these three unique watches bring a new flair to the brand’s much-loved Métiers d’Arts collection. Vacheron Constantin — the oldest Swiss watch brand in continual operation — has been a patron of the Opera National de Paris since 2007 and with each on-going cultural and musical event, the brand continually evolves. Now, it has developed this series of three watches in honor of the ballerina. The face each watch is created by an enamel artist who drew inspiration from a few of Degas’ paintings. These paintings represent various highlights in the life of a ballerina. One of the wristwatches depicts two elegant ballerinas at dance school, which was drawn from Degas’s Dancers Practicing at the Barre, dated 1877 and on show in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA). Another of the pieces depicts the training aspect in a dancer’s life, backstage of a dress rehearsal drawn from Degas’s Dancers near a Set, dated 1888, and belonging to a private collection. The last exquisite piece depicts the performance – the pinnacle of a ballerina’s life drawn from Two Dancers Entering the Stage, painted circa 1877-1878 and exhibited at the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, USA). These beautiful pieces of art are framed by a 40 mm 18-karat white gold case. This entirely hand crafted piece required not only meticulous detail and care in the making, but also hundreds of hours of undivided attention. Thus, each is created as a unique...
Vacheron Constantin Watches:  Lady Kalla Secret Watch (original Pics, prices)

Vacheron Constantin Watches: Lady Kalla Secret Watch (original Pics, prices)

Easily one of the most beautiful and alluring category of women’s watches on the market, secret watches have roots that are centuries old. Essentially, a secret watch is a timepiece that has a cover over the dial that can be flipped open or moved aside to reveal the dial and the watch time. Today, secret watches are all about the elegance and beauty – enabling women to wear works of art on the wrist. Vacheron Constantin, a brand with more than 250 years of history, has been making secret watches since its inception. One of the more recent introduction is the Lady Kalla Haute Couture à Pampilles watch. This stunning timepiece  is crafted using 34.64 carats of diamonds meticulously set to form a floral-inspired masterpiece on the wrist. The brand even utilizes the special  flame-cut diamonds that are unique to Vacheron Constantin in the watch world. Because secret watches have hinged covers that slide aside or open, they are not at all easy to create. The mechanics of the case and cover are complex, and so watch brands opt to parallel the technology with equal parts of beauty and elegance. It should be noted that because these watches are typically quite elaborate in design, they often command hundreds of hours of diamond or gem setting or enamel painting. As such they usually are made in limited numbers and can command top dollar for the result. In the case of the Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla Haute Couture a Pampilles watch, which houses a tiny manually wound movement, just one will be created per year. It retails for...