Bulgari Serpenti: CHF 9,700
Prestigious Roman design housing a Swiss quartz movement personalised for Bulgari: the Serpenti 2017 features the attributes that have forged its reputation and enhances them with a new series of leather double tour straps in a variety of colours. We have selected a Serpenti with a pink gold case topped by a bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds, framing a light-coloured dial matching the diamonds and forming the perfect backdrop for the large gilded Roman numerals and baton-type hour-markers. The strap is an extension of Bulgari’s cherished animal theme, since it is crafted in a precious Karung leather – from a watersnake with lizard-like scales – dyed in warm chestnut brown shades using natural pigments. The watch comes with an additional calfskin strap.
Serpenti © Bulgari
Chanel Code Coco : CHF 4,900
For less than 5,000 Swiss francs, treat someone (or yourself) to a hyper-trendy and original model with an incredibly stylish part-watch, part-jewellery look, by Chanel! For once, with Code Coco, the strap is as important as the watch. This remarkably smooth and supple band picks up the famous quilted motif of the famous 2.55 handbag created by Coco Chanel in 1955 and borrows its clasp. Framing the rectangular black lacquered dial and adorned with a princess-cut diamond, it slides vertically or horizontally to conceal or reveal the hours and minutes of this contemporary ‘secret’ watch powered by a quartz movement.
Code Coco © Chanel
Glashütte Original Pavonina : CHF 7,100
The Pavonina watch by Glashütte Originalhas appeared in a succession of new variations since its launch in 2015. The 1920s-inspired cushion-shaped watch comes in red gold, steel or two-toned versions, with matching or non-matching flexible lugs, while the guilloché dials are available in several colours and the collection also offers a choice of gemsetting. Not to mention that this year, Glashütte Original has considerably enriched its range of interchangeable straps. We have opted here for a combo with a steel case and gemset red gold lugs, framing a white mother-of-pearl dial swept over by red gold hands and fitted with a beige calfskin strap. The Manufacture quartz movement is protected against magnetic fields and beautifully decorated.
Pavonina © Glashütte Original
Louis Vuitton Tambour Moon Star Chrono White : CHF 3,468
Tambour, the flagship collection from Louis Vuitton, offers women a steel chronograph in black or white, in 35mm or 39.5mm sizes, with or without diamonds. The simplicity and purity of the small white non-set version appealed to us, with its delightfully rounded case design revamped to give it a new curve and a crescent-shaped profile – hence the name of the watch, which is not a moon-phase model. The innate femininity of this timepiece is epitomised in the gilded Monogram – the Louis Vuitton emblem – spinning on its axis in 60 seconds, as well as in the 12 cabochons set on the inner bezel ring surrounding the shiny white dial. The time, chronograph and date functions of the watch are driven by a quartz movement.
Tambour Moon Star Chrono White © Louis Vuitton
Zenith Elite Lady Moonphase 36mm Steel & Diamonds: CHF 7,700
Manufacture ultra-thin mechanical self-winding movement with a 50-hour power reserve and an oscillating weight adorned with Côtes de Genève; moon-phase function; bezel set with 64 round diamonds; mother-of-pearl dial: the Lady Moonphase 36mm Steel & Diamonds by Zenith watches 1965 Replica appears in a refined and classic livery, intended for women with a penchant for mechanical watchmaking, and reasonably priced thanks to the steel case (or somewhat higher for the pink gold version).
The second, more impressive feature, however, is its unusually high frequency. It beats 10 times per second, or 36,000 BPH, 25% faster than an ordinary modern watch, but an astonishing 100% faster than many watches at the time it was released. It quickly developed a strong reputation for accuracy and precision. In fact, the El Primero in this watch is, if the name didn’t give it away, a certified chronometer, and it thus carries with it a greater guarantee of accuracy than even most other El Primeros. Because it’s one of very few chronographs that beats 10 times per second, it can also measure events in 0.1 second increments, supposing that your reaction time is up to the challenge.One reason that our Timeless Chronomaster Heritage has been able to avoid the obesity that’s befallen many of its counterparts is because the El Primero is what is commonly called an integrated chronograph. In general, there are two kinds of chronographs, integrated ones, like you see here, and modular chronographs, which are also very common. Modular chronographs take an ordinary, non-chronograph movement and add a chronograph module to it. This makes it relatively easy for a company to produce chronographs because it doesn’t require the creation of an all-new movement from scratch, but it generally results in thicker than necessary movements.
Elite Lady Moonphase © Zenith
Panthère de Cartier watch – CHF 7,300
The 1980s-born Panthère is one of the world’s most widely worn jewellery watches. In 2017, it returns in several different versions, looking more glamorous and feline than ever. The small 22 mm x 30 mm version in 18K yellow gold and steel remains faithful to the design codes of this fashion icon with its silver-toned dial, Roman numerals, blued steel dagger-type hands and its crown adorned with a synthetic blue spinel. It focuses firmly on essentials with its quartz-driven hours and minutes hands.
Panthère © Cartier