As a watch journalist, I cover all things timepieces for both men and women and this year I am thrilled to say that the watch brands are catering to the ladies. Even better: many of these luxury watches are not just pretty faces; they are complex timepieces with in-house-made mechanical movements.
Indeed, complicated mechanical timepieces are the new must-have for today’s savvy women who are prepared to spend upwards of $50,000 on the right statement piece. And, it seems, top brands continue to vie for time on the female wrist with exciting new watches that chime the time, display the moon and the stars, and offer time around the world.
Roger Dubuis this year unveiled only women’s watches at SIHH. Among those introductions are the $250,000 Grand Feu enamel Excalibur Broceliande skeletonized flying tourbillon (with built-in escapements that compensate for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity when the watch is in certain positions) and the Velvet Secret Heart, a bi-retrograde jumping date watch with in-house made self-winding movement retailing for $80,300.
Jaeger-LeCoultre also takes a leadership position, having unveiled an entire mechanical collection, Rendez-Vous, expressly for women three years ago. The line is regularly enhanced and today includes tourbillons, calendars and even a minute repeater for women. The same is true of the brand’s famed and iconic Reverso line, which has been joined this year by a new movement for women in the form of the Reverso One Duetto Moon.