HauteTime.com has chosen the very symbolic date of March 8 — International Women’s Day — to announce the launch of HauteTime Lady www.hautetimelady.com with its own Micro-Site on HauteTime.com
The page will present the latest watch and jewellery creations designed for today’s versatile woman. It will also feature interviews with ladies in the watch industry, the people behind these creations, visits to production facilities, and more.
Initially, there will be one new story every Wednesday. In addition to our news, we also welcome your input. You can tell us about your favourite pieces and why you like them, advise us of special watches and jewellery events that interest you, and discuss or debate among yourselves. Girls, ladies: we want this to be your platform as much as ours.
There were differing opinions at Haute Time before creating this special page, but as one colleague persuasively put forth: “It doesn’t mean we would have a page full of pink, with pavé set watches with hearts and Laura Ashley flowers. It needs to be a solid and serious place to be for ladies’ watches. We write for modern women, don’t shun technical details and offer quality articles.” That being said, there is nothing wrong with talking about pink and hearts and flowers too, if you so desire!
The first wristwatches were made for women. The Breguet archives show a special order with complications made for the wrist of the Queen of Naples in 1810, and in 1858 Patek Philippe delivered a jewellery wristwatch to the Countess Koscowicz of Hungary. Almost one and a half centuries later, wristwatches for ladies are again coming to the forefront with notable complications and beauty conceived and manufactured just for us.
2016 was the Year of the Velvet Diva from Roger Dubuis, while Jaeger-LeCoultre paired up with Christian Louboutin to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Reverso collection. This year, even “Engineered for Man” IWC introduces the Da Vinci Automatic 36 and Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 that you can choose with a diamond-set bezel. Cartier has always been a reference for ladies (fine) watches and jewellery, and the reintroduction of their Panthère de Cartier collection this year is stunning proof that yes, alongside mechanical prowess, a watch can be “jewellery first, timepiece second”.
Today, in honour of International Women’s Day, different events have been planned around the world. In Paris, three professionals in the watch industry: Nathalie Célia Koch-Chevalier, General Manager of Bucherer France (the largest watch and jewellery store in the world); Sylvie Viot, Brand Manager Roger Dubuis for North and Southwest Europe; and Marie Sanna-Legrand, Head of Watch Department at the French auction house Artcurial, have organized a special ladies’ night out with a Trivial Pursuit Haute Horlogerie match and a presentation to journalists, experts, collectors and other aficionados of fine mechanical timepieces for women.
There is no better way to celebrate the essence of HauteTime Lady!
Victoria Townsend Martin Green
Editor & Curator Haute Time Lady US Editor Haute Time