For many of you, it was officially on May 14th. For others, in France and Sweden for example, it is coming up on May 28th. Whether you say “Happy Mother’s Day”, “Bonne Fête des Mères”, or “Glad Mors Dag”, the celebration of Mothers takes place around the globe on different days all through the year. The truth is, it’s Mother’s Day every day! And whether your Mother, or the Mother of your children (-to-be) is aristocratic, original and playful, eccentric, eternally romantic, or rock and roll, here are five outstanding timepieces that will make her shine even more.
A perfect gift for the aristocrat or aristocrat-at-heart, the new Breguet Reine de Naples Mini 8928, presented in a 34 x 24.95 18K white gold case, is set with a total of 165 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel, flange, ‘ball-type’ lug and folding clasp on the strap. The winding crown at 4 o’clock is topped with an additional 0.26 briolette-cut diamond for total refinement.
On a mother-of-pearl dial with off-centred 6 o’clock chapter ring, Breguet open-tipped hands in blued-steel indicate the time. New, generously-sized graphic Arabic numerals, designed to complement the cambered ovoid case shape, are exceptionally highlighted with pink on this model to match the pink leather strap.
Like all Breguet ladies’ watches, the new Reine de Naples Mini is equipped with a mechanical self-winding movement. This model houses Calibre 586/1 with a silicon balance spring, beating at a frequency of 3 Hz and offering a 38-hour power reserve. Presented in rose or white gold versions with a choice of strap or chain bracelet, expected store delivery is June – July 2017.
Leave it to Christophe Claret to convey your message in a playful and original way with the Marguerite. First, with two butterflies. The male butterfly, seated atop a stem, flutters the minutes away around a white mother-of-pearl dial while Madame (or Mademoiselle) perched on her diamond-set daisy petal rotates once every hour. Together, they indicate the time with Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
But there’s more. With one press on the pusher at 2 o’clock the numbers disappear to reveal either the phrase: “Il m’aime passionnément” (He loves me passionately), or a personalized message via a configurator on the brand website, with any message you request, in the desired language, with a limited number of characters. Releasing the pusher makes the hour display reappear instantly.
Visible through the sapphire caseback, the self-winding Manufacture movement MT115 with double barrel for a 72-hour power reserve provides yet another playful moment. Once its daisy-shaped oscillating weight is horizontally stilled, the positioning of its 8 rubies will answer her question “He loves me, he loves me not” with a “Yes” or “No”.
This 2017 version is set with 609 diamonds on the bezel, lugs and petals to bring added sparkle to the 42.50 mm silhouette in 5N red gold. The daisy petals encircle a pistil made of rubies. Complemented with a red alligator strap, this 2017 version of Marguerite is in stores now.
Known for creations that are unconventional, outlandish, and highly desirable, the House of de Grisogono brings us the “Eccentrica” for the eccentric lady in your life. Bearing distinctive de Grisogono family traits, from dial to case, from lugs to crown, from stylized Arabic numerals to the galuchat strap, the Eccentrica also shows off the House’s mastery of geometry and proportions with a succession of off-centred circles that compose its silhouette. The 18K gold case, measuring 39.70 mm from 3 to 9 o’clock, surrounded by an asymmetrical architecture that extends to the lugs, is set with 660 brilliant-cut diamonds for the full set and 144 for the partially-set versions. A signature black diamond sets the crown.
On the dial, with 316 or 218 white diamonds depending upon the version, applied stylised Arabic numerals in 18K gold are richly laid in several levels around a bevelled inner bezel ring. Off-centred hour and minute hands indicate the time. Through the sapphire crystal glass case back, we admire the open-worked 18K gold oscillating weight with de Grisogono volutes of the Caliber DG 10-01. This mechanical self-winding movement with black PVD components beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph, providing a power reserve of 42 hours.
Water-resistant to 3 ATM, the Eccentrica is further embellished with a galuchat strap and triple-folding clasp, set with 88 diamonds for the full-set version. Presented in 4 different versions, in 18K rose or white gold, each one is fully set or half set with diamonds.
For the romantic lady with eternal springtime in her heart, the Avenue Classic Cherry Blossom timepiece from Harry Winston will seduce her with the enchanting beauty of this cherry blossom tree on a dial. Captured forever on a pale green-blue mother-of-pearl dial that evokes a blustery spring day, 39 brilliant-cut white diamonds and 29 brilliant-cut pink sapphires represent the flowers and petals of the seasonal blooming that in this case will never fade. Cut in different sizes to create depth and movement, some have already floated to the ground, while others still cling to the 18K white gold branches of the tree. The Emerald “HW” applique on the dial at 12 o’clock is also in white gold.
The case in 18K white gold takes on the shape of Avenue Collection frame that echoes the façade of Harry Winston’s Fifth Avenue Flagship store in New York; the three supporting arches of the entrance are represented on the case at 12 and 6 o’clock. Measuring 21.2 mm x 36.1 mm, the case is set with 29 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Matching the colour of the dial, the blue-green alligator strap closes with, for the first time, an 18K white gold folding clasp for enhanced comfort. The buckle is set with 6 diamonds.
Equipped with a quartz movement with functions of hours and minutes, two other versions are expected soon, each on a 18K white gold bracelet, with one diamond-set.
OK. So the Mother in your life is more Rock and Roll? The new RM 07-01 CARBON TPT GEM-SET from Richard Mille has stunning looks, haute horlogerie techniques, and high performance. And for the very first time, TPT carbon – a very hard material traditionally reserved for Richard Mille’s men’s collection – sparkles with diamonds, the result of a particularly difficult process that had to “drill” into the ultra-resistant TPT carbon case for the settings.
The tonneau shape case measures 45.66 x 31.40 x 11.85 mm. Made of TPT or “thin ply technology” carbon, it is extremely light and strong. It is also totally unique, as the “weaving” process required to produce TPT carbon is visible and no two patterns are exactly the same. And with this new model, Richard Mille goes one step further by setting the TPT carbon with diamonds, for a perfectly flush surface.
The three-part case, in TPT carbon with a 5N gold caseband, is assembled with 12 grade 5 titanium spline screws and abrasion resistant washers in 316 L stainless steel, for a water-resistance of 50 meters. It houses the calibre CRMA2, a skeletonised automatic movement with hours, minutes, adjustable rotor geometry, and a power reserve of 50 hours. Index points on the upper flange In carbon fiber are filled with approved luminous material for easy reading on those wild nights out.
This timepiece comes in 3 versions: non-set with titanium center case, and medium or full-set version with a red gold center case.
Prices on application.