Watch Seduction

Cushion Shaped Watches Offer Modern Vintage Appeal

content_Cushion-Shaped-WatchesCushion-shaped watches, with their softly rounded square cases and inner round dials, are spicing up women’s timepiece collections. Luxury brands such as Patek Philippe, Carl F. Bucherer, and Glashütte Original are looking to their archives for inspiration; the resulting designs are delightfully updated renditions that deftly blend the past with the present to create timeless classics.

Patek Philippe based its Gondolo timepieces on watches the brand manufactured for renowned Brazilian retailer Gondolo & Labouriau at the beginning of the 20th century, while Glashütte Original looked to the Roaring 20s in its designs for the Pavonina line, which celebrates the important role of women in modern society.

1. From Glashütte Original, this new Pavonina watch ($24,600) is styled after a 1920s piece. Crafted in 18k rose gold and set with 114 diamonds, it features a domed, antireflective sapphire crystal and a manufacture-made mocha-colored enamel dial set with 98 diamonds.

2. This Carl F. Bucherer Patravi EvoTec BigDate watch ($35,900) is crafted in 18k rose gold and set with 56 diamonds. It features a small seconds subdial on the shimmering mother-of-pearl dial and houses a manufacture automatic movement with 55 hours of power reserve; it is water-resistant to 50 meters.

3. From Zenith, this Heritage Star Moonphase watch ($22,400) is crafted in rose gold and houses the proprietary Elite 692 caliber with moonphase indication. The ultrathin watch is set with diamonds on the cushion case.

4. From Patek Philippe, this rose-gold ladies Gondolo watch ($32,900) houses a mechanical manually wound manufacture-made movement and offers seconds subdial. The dial flange is set with 108 diamonds. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters and features an alligator strap.

(This article by Roberta Naas, with photo from Jeff Crawford, first appeared in


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