Sunday, February 24, 2019

SpotlightEthos Watch Awards 2018: The Finest Ladies’ Timepieces

Cut, carat, colour, complication, calibre'why choose when you can have it all! Here are 15 outstanding women's watches of the year that'll convince you that diamonds are not the only 'best friend' a girl should have

For a man, a watch is his jewellery. For a woman, a watch can be whatever she wants it to be. There are some stunning pieces created for women year after year. From the innovative displays and the striking minute repeaters to exquisite gem-set timepieces and the most gorgeous interpretations of time, the biggest maisons of haute horlogerie do not consider their special creations for women to be less than those for men. The range you see in women’s watches is often more interesting than the offerings of men’s timepieces, with complications and advanced calibres thriving even in and around high jewellery watches. Here we put together 15 watches that any fan of fine timepieces would love to behold and appreciate, just as you can.

Among the finest of the year, we couldn’t help but take notice of the all-new version of icons from the world of watches. The three-gold version of the Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas caught our eye, as did the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 in a redesigned version particularly for a feminine sensibility. The best of form-meets-function is celebrated with the Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase, while we just had to take in all the bronze brilliance of the new Oris Aviation watch now suitable for women. Calibre advancement goes to another level with Rolex’s latest superlative chronometer movement now at the heart of the archetypal beauty that is the Datejust. And then there’s Rado’s new nature-inspired Thinline adding a dash of colour. Of course, who can deny the grace of Omega’s new Trésor collection that is fast becoming a must-have women’s watch. And we also have some of that high jewellery splendour with the intricate gem-setting in Corum’s new Golden Bridge. So go ahead and take it all in. We give you 15 of the finest ladies’ timepieces of 2018.

Watch Of The Year
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31
This watch comes fitted with the highly-coveted President bracelet that is only ever realised in gold or platinum

‘The archetype of the classic watch’, as Rolex calls it, the Datejust is one icon that offers such timeless sophistication to any beholder that it’s hard for it not to be a favourite. Especially the new Datejust 31, with its updated Oyster case design in 31mm, a beautiful mother-of-pearl dial, the diamonds on the hour markers and bezel, and the Rolex signature Cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal is certainly a beauty to behold. The beauty even translates to the mechanical timekeeping, as this new edition comes equipped with the new automatic Rolex calibre 2236, which is fitted with a Syloxi hairspring that makes the superlative chronometer even more accurate, with greater resistance to temperature variation, shocks, and magnetic fields. The white gold Oyster case is water resistant to 100m and comes fitted with the highly-coveted President bracelet that is only ever realised in gold or platinum.

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Best New Collection
Omega Trésor

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Aimed at captivating the interests of the new generation of women, this year, Omega launched the new Trésor collection with watches reminiscent of the past. Endorsed by model Kaia Gerber, this collection dazzles through with its characteristic classic yet modern persona. The word trésor, which means ‘treasure’ in French, is a reference to the precise quartz movement housed within a thin and elegant case, which is offered in either 36mm or 39mm. There are several features in these watches that one can marvel at—the diamond-set bezel, the floral motif on the crown, and the ‘Her time’ design on the caseback, to name a few. Epitomising the brand’s identity, these timepieces exhibit Omega’s keen eye and steady handiwork.

Best Dress Watch
Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas

Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas
Crafted in 18-carat rose gold, this watch is held together by a bracelet that coils seductively around the wrist
₹ 2,821,000
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Bulgari—a watchmaker that towers above all in the domain of women’s watches—released yet another iconic timepiece this year, which is part of a collection that never fails to enchant their wearers and fans alike. The newest version of the Serpenti Tubogas is a veritable fusion of three shades of gold that make it an eternal symbol of sensuality. The 35mm Serpenti Tubogas case crafted in 18-carat rose gold is held together by a bracelet that coils seductively around the wrist. Fitted with an efficient quartz movement, the Serpenti Tubogas makes a lasting impact with the quintessential Bulgari touch and makes for a perfect dress watch to don from day to evening.

Outstanding Coloured Edition
Rado True ThinLine

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A by-product of Rado’s partnership with Grandi Giardini Italiani—an organisation that serves as a vast network of the major gardens in Italy and Malta—comes the troika of the True Thinline watches. A beautiful amalgamation of design and nature, this collection of super-slim case timepieces, flaunting 39mm textured dials, are a total treat for the eyes. the True Thinline Nature collection comprises three models that are themed on the many elements of the natural world. One can choose from the rich, taupe brown of earth, the deep, midnight blue of water or the verdant green of leaves. These cutting-edge products carry the theme of nature through a pleasurable experience and a strong visual appeal.

Outstanding Sporty Watch
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady
This motor racing-inspired collection lays its central focus on personalisation
₹ 160,000
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The new TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady scores a wondrous win in this category, without a doubt. Exemplifying feminine sophistication teamed with sporty appeal, this motor racing-inspired collection lays its central focus on personalisation. Making fashion goals a reality, TAG Heuer offers these watches in classic colours like brown, blue, white, black and bold red and pop pink to pretty pastels in leather, or in metal. The elegant polished 32mm or 35mm case housing a mother-of-pearl dial, which is accompanied with a diamond-studded bezel, makes these quartz watches a stellar addition in the TAG Heuer Family. For women who are adventurous and experimental in their sartorial choices, this is exactly what they need.

Best Pilot’s Watch
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date
The palette is a stunning combination of soft brown leather, bronze and pistachio green on the dial with white detailing
₹ 133,000
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Presenting in a material that is fast becoming a metal of choice for many watch manufacturers, this 36mm bronze edition of the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date from the brand’s Aviation collection is the perfect watch for ladies who like professional timepieces. The palette is a stunning combination of soft brown leather, bronze and pistachio green on the dial with white detailing. The analogue date is indicated via the central date hand that points to the date markers around the edge of the dial. The automatic movement beating within offers a 38-hour power reserve, and can be seen through the sapphire crystal back of the bronze case that is water resistant to 50m.

Best High Jewellery Watch
Corum Golden Bridge Round 39

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The high jewellery lacework gem-setting make this watch a bejewelled stunner

₹ 8,870,000
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The open-worked dial, 39mm white gold case, and lugs that hold the leather strap look resplendent

₹ 8,870,000
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When one of the most recognisable artworks of mechanical watchmaking comes together with the visual spectacle of the art of gem-setting, the result is bound to be a bejewelled stunner. Corum’s manual-winding in-line baguette movement is presented in a rotated fashion, clearing the skeletonised case a little more than it already is, making way for the high jewellery lacework gem-setting. The open-worked dial, 39mm white gold case, and lugs that hold the leather strap are resplendent with 76 Wesselton, 12 marquise-cut, 70 round-cut diamonds, and another 60 diamonds on the flange—a total of 6.41 carats. The antireflective and glare-proof and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal used on the front and back of the 30m water-resistant case help ensure a splendid view of all the fine details in this high jewellery statement timepiece.

Outstanding Day-To-Evening Watch
Raymond Weil Shine Oval

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This ideal day-to-evening timepiece is great for enhancing the glamour quotient in your watch wardrobe

₹ 123,400
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The opulent 42mm by 29mm case is fitted with 32 full-cut diamonds in this quartz watch

₹ 191,600
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With the myriad pairing possibilities the new Raymond Weil Shine Oval watch proposes, one can be accessory-ready for a conference to a cocktail, or for a brunch to a soirée. This ideal day-to-evening timepiece is great for enhancing the glamour quotient in your watch wardrobe. The gorgeous new oval shape and the easily interchangeable straps and bracelets are the main highlights of this watch, which is offered in two choices—a polished stainless steel bracelet and a black satin strap. The opulent 42mm by 29mm case is fitted with 32 full-cut diamonds in this quartz watch. With the use of colours that never go out of style in the dial, this watch reaffirms Raymond Weil’s standing in the ladies’ watches category.

Calibre Achievement
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Stars Manufacture

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Frederique Constant delights with a gorgeous moon phase indicator

₹ 343,600
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This watch is designed by the co-founder and co-president of the brand, Aletta Stas-Bax

₹ 367,600
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Women’s watches with complications are like a breath of fresh air since they’re not as common as one would probably like them to be. Frederique Constant delights with a gorgeous moon phase indicator, doing justice to the visually splendid complication that it is, with a scattering of stars to complement the moon phase window at 12. Designed by the co-founder and co-president of the brand, Aletta Stas-Bax herself, it makes a statement that women may like pretty things, but not without substance. The substantial mechanism beating within is an in-house automatic movement offering a 42-hour power reserve. The 38.8mm case comes in either steel with a black dial and strap, or in rose gold-plated steel paired with blue.

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