By Zahra Al-Kateb
The 14th Edition of the Grand Prix D’Horlogerie de Geneve is under way, and this year no less than 72 pre selected watches will be running to win the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix.
With this year’s GPHG attracting record participation, all major watch groups are being represented, along with a number of independent companies.
Vote for your favorite amongst the following pre-selected watches and automatically participate in the drawing to win a Girard – Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Petite Seconde, worth $11372.29.
Here are the six finalists in the Ladies’ category. Tomorrow we will be revealing the Ladies’ High-Mech category.
LAURENT FERRIER, LADY F
Laurent Ferrier has decided to treat its emblematic Galet Micro-Rotor model to a feminine interpretation.The movement has remained unchanged and loyal to the stringent demands of Laurent Ferrier in the domain of mechanical horology and finishing. Meanwhile, the more distinctly rounded case comes in a 39 mm diameter to ensure a closer fit and even more comfort on a ladies’ wrist.
For the dial, Laurent Ferrier has chosen mother-of-pearl, which radiates a unique velvety feel due to its natural character. It is enriched with a stylised décor featuring voluptuous arabesque motif, delicately interwoven foliage or the refined detail of an exquisite embroidery. The pure, uncluttered dial is graced with a diamond at 12 o’clock to enhance its readability.
A Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial glowing with shimmering coppery glints makes a perfect match with the 18-carat red gold. The “ball-shaped” winding crown is topped with a cabochon-cut brown sapphire echoing the dial. This model also comes in a variation featuring a snow-set case middle.
The latter calls for a unique skill due to the delicate craftsmanship involved. The diamonds totalling 1.4 carats have been meticulously selected for their varying sizes and arranged so as to give the impression of occupying the entire case middle in a smooth, homogenous way. This technique gives the model a unique radiance.
The openworked leaf-shaped hands set a delightful finishing touch to the dial by lending a uniquely curved, light feel.
The satin straps are lined with alligator selected for its small round scales to ensure even more refined comfort, complemented by an 18K red gold pin buckle.
HARRY WINSTON, MIDNIGHT DIAMOND DROPS 39MM
The House of Harry Winston introduces an enchanting new dial design that celebrates the brilliance and sparkle of the world’s finest diamonds. Like a pointillist painter, the gem-setter creates an intricate composition using only brilliant-cut stones, replacing colors with the sparkle of icy white gems. This enchanting canvas demonstrates the Harry Winston’s expertise in gem-setting and references the signature techniques used in the House’s fine jewelry creations: the near-invisible claw-setting on the chatons ensures that nothing distracts from the beauty of each diamond; diamonds are placed on the dial using a snow-setting, demonstrating the gem-setter’s skill and precision.
Midnight Moon Phase Diamond Drops 39 mm captures the romance and promise of the evening sky through an enchanting dial design, rich in detail. A crescent-shape moon phase display peers beneath the midnight blue sunray dial – the radiance of its lustrous full-moon and glistening stars enhanced by a cascade of snow-set diamonds extending across the dial. Details including a date-display at 6 o’clock, an emerald-cut applique at 12 o’clock over, and a diamond-set bezel and lugs contribute to the overall balance and harmony of the design. Featuring 305 diamonds totaling 1.55 carats, this exquisite model is a true testament to House’s expertise in the art of gem-setting.
The House of Harry Winston introduces an enchanting new dial design in the Midnight Collection that celebrates the brilliance and sparkle of the world’s finest diamonds. The radiance of its lustrous full-moon and glistening stars is enhanced by a cascade of snow-set diamonds extending across the dial.
DELANEAU, RONDO GARDEN OF EDEN – MAGNOLIA
This creation captures delicate hand engraved magnolias in translucent Grand Feu enamel. The dial brings to life a scene of an inspirational Garden of Eden.
Complementing our heritage in jewellery watchmaking, the 36mm white gold case is set with 78 diamonds and a diamond-embedded crown.
Equipped with an automatic movement, a strap with white gold deploying buckle set with two diamonds, this exquisite timepiece totals approximately 1.38ct.
DE GRISOGONO, ALLEGRA STEEL
The newest addition to the Allegra jewellery collection is a square-shaped watch set with a firework of precious stones. Blending jewellery extravagance with watchmaking know-how, its interlaced gold rings act as a clasp, while the soft and custom-fit leather bands are available in a range of shimmering and tangy colours. Wrapped around the wrist like 1930s-style bangle wristwatches, the Allegra watch perfectly fits the current cuff trend. As colourful as life, and as vibrant as love, Allegra asserts joy and happiness.
BREGUET, CLASSIQUE DAMEBreguet has from its beginnings taken on the task of designing timepieces exclusively for women. The company takes pride in having had a number of prominent women among its clients, including Marie-Antoinette and Caroline Murat, queen of Naples.
One of the secrets of its success with women is that it creates real mechanical movements, sometimes with exceptional complications for its female clients, instead of just adding gemstones to an existing man’s model. Breguet very soon made women equal to men in terms of watchmaking with a judicious combination of horological know-how and graceful styling.
Thus watchmaking complications designed for women, thin cases with clean dials and a refined setting of gemstones are to be expected in the brand’s collections. The Classique Dame 9068 model perfectly matches this ideal. This particularly slim watch shows the hours, minutes and seconds as well as the dates in an aperture – a function popular with women.
Once again, the heart of this watch is a mechanical movement with a silicon balance spring. This is Breguet’s way of demonstrating that it gives women the benefit of the latest innovations in their watches. Taste and charm come naturally into play on an uncluttered, engine-turned dial, while the bezel and lugs are set with brilliant-cut diamonds. With its open-tipped Breguet hands in blued steel, welded lugs, fine fluting on the caseband, unique number and secret signature, this model is unmistakably a Breguet classic.
BLANCPAIN, OFF-CENTRED HOURA true anthem to femininity, this new creation is lit up with the fire of 152 diamonds. Its 36.8 mm-diameter red gold case is exalted by 108 diamonds totalling one carat. This original gem- setting composed of two interwoven rows of diamonds in various sizes echoes the emblematic double-stepped case design of the brand, while the diamond adorning the crown lends the ultimate touch of refinement.The white mother-of-pearl dial sprinkled with facetted diamonds features an off-centred hours and minutes subdial at 12 o’clock graced with 4 Arabic numerals and drop-shaped cut-out hands, while the Blancpain signature at 6 o’clock delicately highlights the retrograde 30-second indication.
A wave set with subtly graded diamonds undulates on either side to ensure a perfect balance.
The interior of this timepiece is every bit as beautiful as its outside, since it houses Blancpain’s new 226-part mechanical self-winding movement Calibre 2663SR, with a heart at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. The sapphire crystal case-back affords a chance to admire the Côtes de Genève finish as well as the oscillating weight shaped like a five-petal flower dreamed up by Blancpain.And to meet the wishes and expectations of every woman, this delightful complication model in the Women collection also comes in a white gold variation with a blue mother-of-pearl dial or in steel with a white dial. Each of the gold versions is teamed with a white ostrich leather strap, while the steel model comes with an alligator leather strap.