Let’s be honest, with most ladies watches the focus is on the way they look, not on the way they function. A pity because it is a misconception that women don’t care about the movements that power their watches. Many are equally enticed by the front of their watch, as what they find at the back.
Together with Dutch watch manufacturer Van der Klaauw has Van Cleef & Arpels created a seriously complicated watch with the Lady Arpels Planétarium. On the aventurine dial a pink gold sun and white gold shooting star, pink mother-of-pearl Mercury, green enamel Venus, turquoise Earth, diamond Moon, show the time as well as the exact position of the planets, thanks to a complicated automatic movement.
Richard Mille also has an extensive collection for ladies, in which he focusses on the hallmarks that made him famous: exclusive movements and high-tech materials. With the RM 07-01, the skeletonized movement already peaks out from around the dial. The baseplate and bridges are made from grade 5 titanium, which has undergone an electro-plasma treatment for added rigidity. It also comes with a rotor with variable geometry which can be set to an optimum depending on the activity level of the lifestyle of its owner.
Girard-Perregaux takes a more traditional standing with its Cat’s Eye Tourbillon showcasing a beautiful tourbillon with a gold bridge on a dial of engraved mother-of-pearl. The result is a very classic and elegant watch, that is especially from a mechanical point of view very high end.
Back in 2009, Patek Philippe made quite a stir by to introduce a brand new, manual wound, chronograph movement in the cushion-shaped reference 7071 ladies watch. This year they continued that tradition with the new reference 7150. Once again a very lady-like watch, yet with a serious mechanical prowess to power it, making clear for once and for all that women want more from a watch than just a pretty face!