The making of a woman – 5 watches all women must have8:12 am
And we couldn’t have agreed more. A woman is not born, rather she creates herself. She’s intelligent, she’s thoughtful. She’s made of sugar and spice and everything nice. This International Women’s day The Watch Guide brings to you the making of a woman, with watches, because these watches maketh a woman.
Love. Yes, the universal quality present in all women. We are full of love and have different ways of showing it to people. But its also important to make yourself strong and shower some love on yourself. Accept that you deserve amazing things in life because you can’t love selflessly till the time you don’t love yourself. Gift yourself this stellar watch from Baume & Mercier’s Linea collection. Love lies in the little details and that’s what is special about this watch.
Sitting pretty with a 32mm two-tone case and bracelet, the watch exudes style, elegance and sophistication. It’s one of those watches which are so gorgeously designed that you smile just looking at them, like the little joys of life. Actually, just like you too; you are gorgeous and you have no idea how many people are smiling just because of you! Coming back to the Linea, contemporary yet unconventional, the watch has a silver round sunburst motif dial along with a date window at 6 o’clock that adds functionality to its beautiful form. The dial is very clean and complimented by a rose gold bezel with engraved Arabic hour markers.
The watch is a perfect accessory for all looks and occasions, given the fact that it comes with interchangeable bracelets. You can replace the steel link bracelet (that has a triple folding clasp) with a brown satin strap that comes with the watch. This is possible because the central gilt link of the watch simply unclasps. The steel & rose gold tones add vibrancy to the Linea. The crown is dainty (also in rose gold) and the watch also has a sapphire crystal see-through caseback which allows viewing of the mechanical self-winding caliber (done in traditional Côtes de Genève stripes) that has a power reserve of 42 hours.
The dauphine gold hands further add to the overall feminine grace of the Linea. In fact, grace and elegance should be your armour and Baume & Mercier provides you that armour gilded on your wrist! With a water resistance of 50 meters this timepiece can easily withstand downpours and showers. So wake up woman! Embrace this watch and show yourself some love. As they say, love makes the world go round, so jump onto the carousel and enjoy the ride!
Nurturers by nature, women have a need to spread love. Caring for humanity and nourishing are like second nature to us. We firmly believe that there’s no wound out there that can’t be healed with love and care, which is why philanthropy makes us who we are. Which is also why the Omega Constellation Star Orbis edition is the perfect watch for the philanthropist in you. A special collection which shows Omega’s commitment to social responsibility, the watch has been created to support Orbis International and its efforts to cure blindness. A portion of the profits from each Constellation Star are donated to Orbis and its Flying Eye Hospital to help cure blindness. In fact, to bring the cause closer to home and give people a first-hand account, Omega and Orbis have co-produced a documentary film called The Hospital In The Sky that stars Cindy Crawford. It shows her experiences in Peru with the Orbis professionals, the unique qualities of the Flying Eye Hospital and the programme.
Like a star guides you through darkness, the Omega Constellation Star acts as a guiding light towards your efforts of philanthropy. Whenever you start losing hope, this watch sitting on your wrist will provide you inspiration to make the world a better place to live. The beautiful 27mm timepiece features a cosmic and distinctive blue sun-brushed dial with an elegant arrangement of 18K white gold stars with diamonds around the bezel. But just like you, the beauty of the watch is skin deep. Housing the exclusive self-winding Omega Co-Axial Calibre 8520 movement, the Constellation Star is a taskmaster. The case back is transparent, giving you a full view of its workings and the reliability and accuracy of this Co-Axial mechanical movement is such that the timepiece is offered with a full four-year warranty. Set in a stainless steel case and accompanied by the trademark of the constellation collection, the polished griffes, the watch gets its elegant looks from the brushed stainless steel bracelet.
The power reserve of the watch is 50 hours; it doesn’t believe in resting and neither do you! What sets the watch apart is that it doesn’t have the obviously applied indices, which adds its simplicity. Amidst the mesmerizing dial, the date window sits pretty at 3 0’clock. Because of the cause associated with it, the watch motivates you to never give up on the world and keep spreading love, care and joy.
Women are pillars of strength; mental and emotional strength. More than using the strength to empower ourselves, we believe in empowering people, especially the men in our lives. The saying ‘ behind every successful man, there is a woman’, stands true for this very reason. Whenever anybody falters at any point they turn to the woman in their life for support and strength. But who does a woman turn to when in need of strength? Her friends maybe, but more than that, women draw strength from things that are close to their hearts. A watch is something that you wear every day, often without realising how much strength and positivity you are gaining out of it. Make the Cartier Tank Solo your companion and you’d be amazed at your new-found persistence. Read further and you’ll understand why!
The modest, modern and classic Cartier Tank Solo watch is a reworked version of the original Tank. Cartier has been synonymous with elegance and quality and the Tank resonates that. Unique because of its rectangular shape, the 34.8×27.4 mm case stands out. Set in 18K pink gold with a beaded crown adorned with a synthetic cabochon shaped spinal, the watch displays zeal with its blue sword-shaped steel hands. The silvered opaline dial with roman numerals adds a traditional touch to the watch. Equipped to be used for the daily activities of life, a round scale alligator skin strap is attached to the 18K gold ardillon buckle. The alligator skin strap is like a symbol of strength binding the watch. With a quartz movement and a water-resistance of 30 meters the watch is as sturdy as a tank.
Talking about strength, it’s amazing to see how the Tank has been worn by the most powerful women in the world. From the once upon a time First Lady Jackie Kennedy, to Princess Diana, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston, the Cartier Tank has been a consistent source of strength.
Times have changed and tables have turned. Women are equally aware of their strengths, skills and are determined to prove their mettle. Gone are the days when women had to stick to being caregivers or homemakers. As important as those roles are, there is one role that is now equally essential to their very being – the professional in them. Prompt, disciplined and sticklers for quality work, it’s no wonder that women are fast rising the ladders in their respective work spaces. A thorough professional though, is incomplete without a watch and the Chopard Imperiale is one timepiece that fits the bill.
The finely curved silver Imperiale has a regal air about it. Inspired by refined, dynamic and natural women with strong personalities, the majestic and sculptural Imperiale collection radiantly embodies the splendours of the imperial age. Renowned for its understated elegance, watch commands attention with its silver-toned dial which is set in a the 28mm stainless steel body. Much like your professional life, the dominant colour silver gives out a very clean, clutter-free and a confident impression. The regality of the watch lies in the beautifully designed hands, inspired by the age of Empires. The Roman numerals add to the imperial aura that surrounds the watch. Set on a stainless-steel bracelet, the watch is the perfect accessory for everyday formal wear. The Imperiale features precious symbolic details like the amethyst cabochen (evoking the imperial purple of the Byzantine empire) set in the lotus shaped crown, tapered dagger hands and refined Roman numerals.
While the outer tone of flat silver resonates simplicity, the inner tone of the dial has a floral pattern engraved on a silver plate. Because you will be clocking in late nights at work, the gorgeously carved hands of the watch are filled with SuperLuminova so that it’s easy to tell time. And because we know you would hate distractions, the watch has simple and precise indications of hours, minutes, seconds and date (situated at 3 o’clock). Running on a quartz movement the watch is battery operated which helps you save on time as you won’t have to wind it in every few days. The bracelet has a folding buckle clasp securing the watch well on your wrist.
Made for the professional empress within you, the Chopard Imperiale empowers you to embrace your qualities of leadership and push your boundaries to excel at each task that you take on. Wrapped perfectly around your wrist, the Chopard Imperiale silently supports you through all the ups and downs that make you who you are.
The final touch to perfection is added by the element of balance. Self-love, philanthropy, strength and professionalism all combined in one makes a very busy woman. The element of balance helps her juggle all of that and much more without being overwhelmed. Handling and spreading love, care, success and happiness can be quite a task. What you need is a subtle reminder that you can juggle everything, and the Longines Symphonette provides you that reminder. One look at the watch and you know it resonates versatility – perfect for the multi-tasker you. Set in an oval 34×21 mm steel case, the watch operates with a quartz movement.
The classic steel bracelet clasps easily onto your wrist. With a seconds sub-dial you can precisely clock your time and balance all your activities with ease. While the indices are represented by diamonds beautifully set on a mother-of-pearl dial, the silver sword-shaped hands add a soothing effect. The placement of the diamond indices on the watch is very distinct, as if they are balancing time and each other really well. With a water resistance of 30 meters and a warranty of 2 years the Longines Symphonette adds the final touch to the making of an independent woman.
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(Image courtesy: Chopard, Omega, Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Longines)
By Akshmin Kaur
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
Compulsive shopper, hooked to books, sitcoms and movies, watch dork in making, an experimenting cook, chocoholic, socializer, conversationalist.