Patek Embraces Watches for Women

For years, most luxury watch brands have concentrated their marketing towards men.  In a way, that makes sense, as the watch industry is hundreds of years old and at one time, men were the only people who had any money.

That has changed over the years, and watch brands have slowly begun to include watches for women in their product line.

There is a difference, however, in having women’s watches in your product line and taking women seriously as potential customers.

patek philippe minute repeaterWhile most watch brands have at least a few watches for women, they usually were far fewer than men’s models.  Women’s watches also tend to be less elaborate and offer fewer features or complications.

While a given brand might include chronographs, automatic movements, a tourbillon, a moonphase display or a perpetual calendar, the women’s models offered by the same company might consist entirely of watches with quartz movements with time-only displays or perhaps, at best a day/date complication.

Of course, they’d embellish those watches with diamonds and perhaps a gold case, but the features often ended there.

This is changing.  Certainly there are more women in the workplace than there were 50 years ago, but today, there are more women earning large salaries than there were even 20 years ago.  With those large salaries comes an interest in buying more expensive things, and those things often include luxury watches.

There are a few companies that make watches exclusively for women, but many women would like to buy the same established brands that men wear, and that’s understandable.

Patek Philippe has noticed this.  The Swiss watchmaker is known for their elaborate and expensive timepieces, but, like many watch brands, they have traditionally made watches mostly for men.

patek philippe world timeIn recent years, they’ve changed their approach, and at the moment, some 30% of their watch lineup consists of women’s models.  That may not sound like much, but it corresponds roughly to the percentage of the luxury watch market that women currently hold.  Patek intends to increase the percentage of women’s models over time.

These watches are not just quickly-thrown-together quartz models, either.  Like the rest of the Patek Philippe watch lineup, these watches have mechanical movements that are designed in-house.   Some of them also boast some fairly impressive complications, as well.

This year, at Baselworld, Patek showed off their 7130G.  This watch is a woman’s version of their World Time Reference, and it can keep track of the time in all 24 of the world’s major time zones.

The automatic movement boasts a gold rotor and a 48 hour power reserve.  The case is white gold and is adorned with 62 diamonds.  Yes, it’s a bling-heavy watch, but under the hood, it has the same impressive credentials that you’ll find in the company’s watches for men.

It turns out that a lot of women actually collect Patek Philippe watches, and that means that those that own some already will likely want to buy more in the future.  For that, of course, the company needs to make more watches for women, and they’re working on that.

Women are just as fascinated with technology as men are, and for women in the business world, a watch makes a great conversation piece and an ice breaker.  People do notice an unusual or interesting watch regardless of who is wearing it, and if you can get people talking to you, then you can do business.

It will be interesting to see if the remainder of the watch industry will follow this trend.

The Tiffany Metro Watch is Gorgeous

When one thinks of Tiffany, watches are not usually the first thing that comes to mind.  One thinks of jewelry, and those adorable little blue-green boxes in which they’re packaged.

But Tiffany does make watches – or at least, they sell them.  In all likelihood, they’re made for Tiffany, but they are quality timepieces.  This is not a case of a company slapping their name on any old timepiece just so they can claim that they have a watch or two in their catalog.  In fact, Tiffany has dozens of different models to choose from, and they’ve been selling watches for years.

The latest line is their “Metro” series, which is supposed to evoke the spirit of New York city, or something.

Tiffany Metro PinkThe watches have a traditional round face that is modestly sized at 28 mm.  You can buy it either stainless steel or rose gold.   Movements are either a quartz movement from Rhonda or an automatic movement from Soprod.

And diamonds.  The Tiffany Metro watches have lots of diamonds.  Each one has a diamond on the crown, and most of them also have diamonds around the face.  They’re not overly bling-y, though – though there are a lot fo diamonds on some of the models, they’re not all that blatant about it.  As with everything Tiffany sells, the placement of the diamonds is tasteful.

There’s color galore in the Metro line, too.  Yes, you can get a watch with a white face if you like, but most of them lean towards pastels, with a few models in pink and a pale blue.  There’s also a darker blue and a burgundy.

Tiffany Metro Rose GoldYou won’t find a lot of variation in features, however.  Aside from the two different movements, there appears to be no difference in features aside from the fact that about half of the models have an inset 60 second dial at the 6 o’clock position.

After that, you’ll have to decide if you want the metal bracelet or the leather variety.  That’s up to you, of course, and the leather straps are colored to match the watch face.

The watches have a “glamorous casual” look to them, and the company says that they’re designed so that you can wear them either in the daytime or in the evening.   They also come with 50 meters of water resistance, though I’m usually reluctant to get any watch that has diamonds anywhere near water.

You certainly won’t want to get near water with a leather strap, either, but 50 meters it is, regardless of whether you’re getting wet or not.

As is always the case with anything from Tiffany, the price is going to be the sticking point for a lot of would-be buyers.  The Tiffany Metro watch is not an inexpensive timepiece.  In fact, the least expensive model is just under $4000, and that will get you a stainless steel case, a leather strap, and no inset 60 second dial.

It still comes with a dozen diamonds to represent the hour indices on the face.  At the high end, for a rose gold case and lots of diamonds all around, you can expect to pay about $16,000.

It will still come in that adorable little blue box, too.

 

Michele Watches Are Just for Women

I created this blog to write about watches for women, and sometimes it’s hard to do.   There are plenty of watches that are designed for women.  Don’t get me wrong.

The problem is that the entire industry is largely drive by men.  Men run the companies.  Men do the designing.  The companies presume that men will do the buying.

michele watch cape ivoryBecause of this, most of the watches are designed for men.  Some are branded as “unisex,” and that suggests that anyone can wear them, but what unisex watches usually are is “men’s watches in a somewhat smaller size.”

Michele watches is changing that.

Men also get the benefit of complications and innovation, while the companies that make watches for women usually don’t add such things to their women’s models.  Instead, they glitz them up by making cases out of gold or adding diamonds.

michele watch teal gradientThat’s changing, and we’re starting to see more complications in women’s watches, but one thing you don’t see often is an entire watch line designed for women.   Michele watches are a notable exception; their entire line has been created for women.

The company isn’t new; they’ve been around since the 1940s.  They were eventually acquired by the Fossil Group, which owns a lot of watch companies besides their flagship brand.  They’ve largely left Michele watches alone, and that’s a good thing.

First of all, Michele watches are attractive.  All of them.  The company has at least 150 different models and they’re all pretty enough that most any woman I know would be happy to have any of them.

michele watch mini-diamondMichele watches range from the largely affordable to the almost unaffordable, starting at about $400 but quickly running into the low thousands of dollars.   If you’re buying one of their watches in that price range, you’ll find that you’ll be well-rewarded.  Most of their more expensive models feature gold cases and diamonds.  Some of them feature lots of diamonds.

Their styling ranges from elegant-sporty to elegant-elegant.  Elegant-sporty means that they make a number of chronographs that are adorned with diamonds.  That may seem silly, but chronographs are popular with both sexes, probably because the stopwatch features are useful.

The elegant-elegant models are simply pretty, time-only watches that will look great on your wrist for that not-often-enough evening out on the town.

One place where Michele watches aren’t overly innovative anymore is in their movements.  They used to make mechanical watches (didn’t everyone?) but these days, they’re strictly in the quartz camp.  The movements are Swiss-made, and the upside is that you’re not going to have to worry about maintenance much.  Change the batteries every now and again and you’ll be good to go.

You’ll find that they’re high quality timepieces and Michele watches reviews tend to be positive across the board.  People like them, and they’re introducing new models all the time.

While they might seem expensive, they’re a lot more affordable than other brands that make gorgeous models for women, such as Chopard.   Like Michele, Chopard watches reviews are also glowing, as you might expect, but their watches also have prices that can run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

Of course, if you can’t find one that you like right now, I’d be surprised.  Their selection is large enough that anyone should be able to find one that they like.   Whether you can afford them is another matter, as the typical watch in their line is going to cost $1000-$2000.  I think they’re worth it.

Rent a Luxury Watch?

There’s a new trend in marketing luxury products, and that involves renting them, rather than buying them.

That makes sense for a number of products, especially the sort of thing that you don’t use all that often.  Men have long been able to rent a tuxedo, for instance, for that rare occasion where they might have to wear one, and in recent years, we’ve seen companies such as Rent the Runway, which allows you to rent a designer dress at a fraction of the cost of buying one.  If you have a special event, why buy a dress for $1000 when you can rent it for $50 instead?

eleven james audemars piguetA couple of companies, including industry leader Eleven James, now allow you to rent some surprisingly expensive wristwatches.  They company offers a number of plans, ranging in price from $149 (“Enthusiast”) to $899 per month (“Virtuoso”).  For that price, you get to wear a high end watch for three months.

At the end of that period, you return it to the company in the provided mailer, and they’ll send you another one.   When you sign up, you’ll be assigned a personal “concierge” who can help you find the watches you need and who will help ensure that you’re getting the right sized watch for your wrist.

For the price, especially at prices of approaching $1000 per month, you’d expect to see some quality watches at Eleven James, and that’s exactly what you’ll see.  Brands include Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Jaeger LeCoultre, Patek Philippe, and Rolex.

You can browse the watches on the company’s Website, and each watch indicates which level of membership is the minimum required to be able to rent it.

eleven james cartierOf course, in order to placate the manufacturers, Eleven James suggests that they’re actually just giving you the opportunity to “try before you buy,” and actually, they will give you the chance to buy the watches if you like.  I have no idea how that works, or if they’re selling you new watches or previously worn ones.

I do know that you can apply a portion of the amount you’ve been paying in rent towards the purchase price.

Eleven James has hundreds of models available for men, and they all appeared in a continuously scrolling page that appeared to have no bottom.  I never did find out how many men’s watches they had on the site, but it’s a lot.

They have considerably fewer models available for women, but that is changing, as the company has recently had an infusion of capital that they’re likely to use to acquire more inventory.

At the moment, they show about 75 watches for women if you use the filter to show only women’s models.  Be aware that about 40 of those watches are from Rolex, and I’m not sure they’re actually all women’s models.

Still, it’s a start, and the company discovered early on that women were renting watches from them in smaller sizes.  It was only a matter of time before they started to cater to do them directly and in time, I suspect they’ll have a lot more to offer women.

It’s a great way to try a few watches and see what you like without having to spend a fortune.

 

Complications for Women Finally Arrive

For decades, the marketing of watches has been quite different for men’s models and women’s models.  Men were sold on features and complications; women were sold on precious metals and gemstones.

If you went to the Website of companies that sold watches for both men and women, you’d see watches for men in manually wound and automatic mechanicaql models with chronograph features, world time, moon phases, or a tourbillon.

jaegre le coultre sonatina largeThen you’d go over to the women’s models and you’d see lots of petite watches with gold and diamonds, usually powered by quartz movements.

This wasn’t an oversight; Swiss maker IWC Schaffhausen used to promote their products as being “engineered for men.”

Women’s models were simply an afterthought, because most watch sales are made to men, so that’s where the marketing and design efforts went.  It’s true that men do have an oversized part of the market; women’s watches currently only comprise about 25% of sales.

But that doesn’t mean that women aren’t interested in mechanical watches or in watches with complications.  They haven’t been buying them because there haven’t been any available.

montblanc boheme exotourbillon slim 2That is changing, and we’re starting to see more companies develop mechanical movements especially for women’s models.  We’re also starting to see watchmakers introduce some interesting complications  in their models for women, as well.

Jaeger LeCoultre recently introduced a watch for women called the Sonatina Large that included an alarm complication.    You can adjust a small star on the watch face to align with the time that you’d like the chime to sound.  True, it’s essentially an alarm, which wouldn’t ordinarily be that exciting, but it’s interesting to note that this function is not available on any men’s watch that the company offers for sale.

The watch is also quite attractive in gold with diamonds surrounding the dial.  At $28,000, it’s hardly a bargain, but then again, Jaeger isn’t a bargain brand.

Montblanc has also taken a positive step in women’s watches with their Boheme Exotourbillon Slim, which is one of the few watches for women that features a tourbillon.

The tourbillon isn’t new; they’ve been around for more than 200 years and represent an early attempt by watchmakers to counter the effects of gravity on their watches.  These days, luxury watches are pretty accurate with or without a tourbillon, and the complication is mostly an attempt to say “look what we can do!”

However, the complication isn’t rare at all in men’s watches.  Dozens of manufacturers offer them  in a variety of models.  What’s rare is to find one in a women’s model and Montblanc has finally done that.  The watch is also quite attractive, and thin, as the movement is just 4.5 mm thick.  Like the Jaeger above, you’ll find it adorned with diamonds, and the watch face is also quite elegant, with just a hint of an Art Deco vibe.

Of course, the tourbillon takes away a bit from the looks, but if you’re going to put this complication on a watch, the watchmaker is going to make sure that you can see it.

We’re also seeing a lot of fascinating, one of a kind complications in watches from the likes of Van Cleef & Arpels, and those are pretty fascinating.  They’re super-limited and very expensive, but it’s great to see that women are finally being regarded as something approaching equal in the watch market.

Piaget Altiplano – Simple and Elegant

People often complain that watch companies don’t pay enough attention to women, and don’t make enough women’s models.  That is a valid complaint, but men’s watches drive the industry, and most of the watches purchased each year are men’s models.

This means that women’s models are slow to develop, and makers have a tendency to show less innovation and instead just use the same movements over and over with a bit of dressing to make them appear “new.”

piaget altiplanoThat’s changing, slowly and more companies are starting to make smaller movements for women’s models while still including interesting features and designs.

One watch that caught my eye (several watches, really) is the new limited edition Altiplano line from Piaget.

There are several different models in the line, though they all share the same basic design and look.  The prices and materials can range considerably, however, though they’re all fairly expensive.  And limited.

The Altiplano models are offered in varying case widths – 34, 38 and 40 mm.  You’ll be able to buy a time-only model, or one with a date complication.

One of the models has a manually wound movement, and the case comes in at an ultra- thin 2.1 mm.  The automatic and quartz versions are a bit thicker, coming in at a relatively chubby 6 mm or so.

All of the models share the same basic look – a simple, clean face of a single color, though it is graduated across the face.   Hour markers are slim and surprisingly long.  The baton hands are strictly no frills.

The models I’ve seen come in green, blue and pink, though there is also a black model in the men’s version.  All have a matching leather strap.

Materials are red gold and white gold.  You will not find a stainless steel version of the Altiplano, however.

As these are limited edition watches, they’re also priced rather steeply.   My last post was about a surprisingly affordable watch; these are, unfortunately, not quite so affordable.

Prices for the Piaget Altiplano vary a bit, but in general, they run from about $17,900 to $28,500.   I realize that it’s a lot to ask for someone to pay an amount of money that would buy a nice car for a watch, and particularly one that isn’t loaded with diamonds.

On the other hand, these are surprisingly attractive watches, and a reminder that one need not go overboard in the design department to come up with a watch that looks nice.   Too often these days, I see watches that are “overdesigned” and that means lots of clutter on the face, and as many diamonds on the dial, bezel and bracelet as they can manage to squeeze in there.

Sometimes, less is more, and in the case of the Piaget Altiplano, they seem to have rather elegantly made that point.  You won’t find this one for sale just anywhere, so you might want to visit the Piaget Website to learn more about it.

This one, unfortunately, is out of my price range.  Were it not, I think I’d be lining up to buy it on all three colors.

 

 

 

The Baume & Mercier Classima Moon Phase – Beautiful and Affordable

On this blog, I write about luxury watches for women.  There are many of them, and more coming along every day.  They come in all styles and colors and many of them are very attractive.

The problem with most of them, unfortunately, is that they are prohibitively expensive.  Many of the watches I’ve written about on this blog cost upwards of $10,000 and some cost as much as 50 times as much.

baume & mercier classima moon phaseIt’s fun to read about such beautiful timepieces, but every now and again, it’s nice to find one that’s affordable.  Granted, “affordable” means something different to everyone, and my budget may not reflect yours.  But as luxury watches go, anything in the low four figures is a relative bargain.

That’s where the new Baume & Mercier Classima Moon Phase fits in.  No, it’s not cheap, by any means, but it does have a suggested retail price of under $2000, which means that with a bit of shopping around, you might be able to find it for as little as $1500.

So what do you get for this price?  You get a watch from Baume & Mercier, for starters, and that’s not too shabby.

The case will be stainless steel, rather than gold, but it’s an attractive case material.  You’ll get a sapphire crystal over the watch face.   The movement is a Swiss-made quartz movement.

At 36.5 mm wide, the case is somewhat large, but not overly so.

baume & mercier classima moon phaseFeatures include the time of day, the date, and the phases of the moon. set on a diamond-set mother of pearl face.   There are Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, with diamond indices to mark the other hours.  The bracelet is an alligator strap, which seems to be available only in blue.

The arrangement of the face is a bit different than one might expect.  Ordinarily, a watch with a date complication will have the date at 3 o’clock.  A watch with a moon phase complication usually shows the phases at 6 o’clock.

The Classima Moon Phase mixes things up a bit, and puts the moon phase display “above the fold”, appearing just below the 12 o’clock position.  The date appears at 6 o’clock.

Phases of the moon are becoming a rather common feature these days, particularly among women’s watches.  That’s fine; it’s a nice, if unnecessary feature, but it’s good to see someone thinking outside of the box to try to rearrange things a bit so that they don’t all look the same.

The result is a a watch with a surprisingly clean, and elegant look.  You’ll get a beautiful watch that’s suitable for wearing at both formal and informal occasions, and it will look like you paid a lot more for it than you actually did.

Like I said, writing about luxury watches necessarily means that I will tend to write about watches that are well out of the reach of most people in terms of price.  It’s nice, every now and again, to find something that I can write about that will be affordable to at least some of my readers.

This one is a beauty.  You can read more about the Classima Moon Phase at the Baume & Mercier Website.

 

 

Louis Vuitton Enters the Smartwatch Market

This blog is mostly about luxury watches for women, as  the men’s market has been covered pretty well by the other hundred thousand watch blogs out there.

Whether a watch is for women is easier to discern than whether a watch can be considered to be a “luxury” watch.  What determines that?  The materials?  The price?  Can any watch that isn’t a traditional timepiece even qualify as a “luxury watch?”

louis vuitton tambourThe lines get blurred as more fashion companies who traditionally stay away from the  watch market start to make them and as more companies begin to experiment with the still-somewhat-tepid smartwatch movement.

Smartwatches, for those who haven’t yet seen one, are wristwatches that are basically small computers that interface with your smartphone.  That lets you use the watch to check your email, answer the phone, respond to texts, and usually, monitor physical activity.

Most of them also allow you to tell the time.

Using a smartwatch also requires that you have a smartphone, and most smartwatches so far have been marketed as technology devices, rather than watches and certainly not as pieces of either fine jewelry or fine fashion.

The market has so far been dominated by companies such as Apple and Samsung, and a number of other makers who are known for making “gadgets,” rather than for making watches.  Most of them have been priced in the low hundreds of dollars.

That’s changing a bit, as some of the less-skittish members of the watchmaking industry have  started to make a few smartwatches to see if there’s anything in that market for them.

Apple briefly had a smartwatch on the market with a $10,000+ price tag, but that was quickly removed from the market due to low sales and large-scale mocking on the Internet.

louis vuitton tambour

Note that the case is thicker near the back.

Luis Vuitton has decided to enter the smartwatch market, however, and based on price alone, I suppose the watch has to be considered a “luxury watch.”  The price of the Louis Vuitton Tambour starts at about $2400 and runs up close to the $3000 range, which now puts this product in the upper end of smartwatch offerings.

The question is – will anyone who isn’t fixated on the Louis Vuitton brand care?  Will watch aficionados regard this as a “real” watch, or just another “me, too!” product in an ambiguous market?

For me, the first thing I care about is whether the watch is attractive, and so far, for me, at least, the jury is out.  Other reviewers seem to think the Tambour is nice looking, and it does have some interesting lines, including the fact that the back of the case is wider than the front.

Aside from that, the Tambour will be available in a number of colors and will include up to 30 strap designs in an attempt to lure in both male and female buyers.

The Android powered device will be compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones, and the watch measures some 42mm wide and 12.55 mm thick.  The screen measures 390×390 pixels.  The watch has most of the usual smartwatch features, though it apparently does not include a heart monitor.

In some configurations, it’s rather pretty.  In others, it’s rather ugly.  Regardless, it’s priced at a point that just a few years ago would buy you a Rolex.

I’m still not sure if it’s a luxury watch, or just an expensive one.

 

Jaeger LeCoultre Beauty Has No Hands

Watches with elaborate complications or anything resembling cutting-edge technology have long been largely in the domain of men’s watches.

Watches for women are usually made to be pretty, with a smaller size, but more diamonds and gold in order to appeal to our alleged interest in bling.

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica mystérieuseBling is nice, but women like complications, too, and we particularly like it when a watchmaker decides that our part of the market is important enough to rate something special in the way of a new movement or design.

Jaeger LeCoultre has certainly raised the bar with their Hybris Artistica Mysterieuse series, and they’ve done so in a fascinating way, producing a watch that is not only drop-dead gorgeous, but also innovative.

The Hybris Artistica Mysterieuse, limited to just 3 pieces (though we’ve read elsewhere that they’ll make as many as five) is a watch that qualifies as revolutionary in a world where the term is often thrown about haphazardly.

Yes, there’s a men’s version, too, but they’re different enough that the women’s version alone is worth writing about.

The most remarkable thing about the Hybris Artistica Mysterieuse is that the watch tells the time without hands.  No, it’s not a quartz powered model with a digital display.  It’s a timepiece that uses a unique method of displaying the time with an elaborate and highly accurate mechanical movement.

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Artistica mystérieuseThe hours are displayed via the tourbillon.  Most watches with a tourbillon have them at a fixed position; they’re usually at 6 o’clock but sometimes at 3 or 9.  In the case of the Hybris Artistica Mysterieuse, the tourbillon actually moves around the dial, and it’s the location of the tourbillon cage on the dial that indicates the hours.

The minutes are indicated by an inset dial that rotates round the perimeter, with a single ruby used on the dial to indicate the time.

The watch features 73 individually hand crafted leaves on the case, with mother of pearl leaves around the dial.  18 leaves adorn the dial, and these have inset diamonds.

The automatic movement is visible via the sapphire crystal cover on the back of the watch case.  The movement was built in-house by Jaeger LeCoultre especially for this watch, which shows that an awful lot of work and time were put into it, given the extremely low production of the finished product.

The end result is a truly lovely watch that would draw attention to itself even if it had a traditional face with hands.  Putting a rotating/revolving tourbillon on the dial to show the time, however, makes the Hybris Artistica Mysterieuse a design masterpiece.

There’s a men’s model, too, and it works in much the same way, but it’s less pretty and far more industrial looking.  That’s the nature of the market, of course, and men like that look.  Women, especially those for whom the necessity of a watch has long ago been replaced by the presence of the ubiquitous smartphone, still want a watch that’s going to look good.

This one certainly does.

Jaeger LeCoultre has not released a price for the Hybris Artistica Mysterieuse; their site lists the price as being “available on request.”

Moonphase in a Small Form Factor

As time goes on, luxury watchmakers have been constantly trying to include more complications and additional bling and features into their timepieces, including their watches for women.

That’s fine, especially if they’re adding complications to women’s watches, as that has traditionally been reserved only for men’s watches.

The problem with adding complications is that they almost always add additional size.

Men may enjoy getting into the “size wars” over gigantic oversized cases, but most women I know prefer that their watches not become the size of sundials just so they can accommodate additional features.

That’s where the new Blancpain Villeret Date Moonphase, introduced at Baselworld reently, really shines.  The watch, designed for women and using a dedicated movement, includes a clever date display as well as a rather cheeky moonphase complication.

The case, measuring 29.2 mm, is available in either gold ($19,000) or stainless steel ($16,000.)  The case is adorned with 48 diamonds around the face, and an additional 8 diamonds on the face itself, at 1, 2, 4,5,7,8, 10, and 11 o’clock.

The date isn’t displayed in a window, but is instead shown around the perimeter of the case, with a dedicated red pointer to point to the date.

The moon phase complication is shown in a window at 6 o’clock and the full moon display shows a moon that appears to have eyelashes, lipstick and even a beauty mark.

On the back of the case, you’ll find sapphire crystal that reveals a red gold rotor.  The automatic movement has a 40 hour power reserve.

The nice thing about this watch is the movement, which was built in-house and is known as the Caliber 913QL.  Measuring 21mm, the movement is quite size-efficient, especially given that it has a moon phase, which ordinarily takes up quite a bit of space.

blancpain villeret date moonphaseLadies’ watches have often been an afterthought in the watch industry, as the industry and associated innovation seem to be driven by men’s models.  That’s not surprising, given that most watch designers and watch company CEOs are men, but men’s models usually get the features, the complications and the cutting-edge innovation.

Ladies’ models, on the other hand, are usually kept fairly simple, with the manufacturers just throwing some gold and some diamonds at a movement with so-so features, assuming that women don’t really care about features or complications.

It’s nice to see that Blancpain does care enough to introduce some dedicated movements as well as some complications that appear to have been designed with the intended customer base in mind.

While a moon phase is hardly an essential feature in any watch, let alone one for women, it’s nice to see that this one has been designed with a bit of whimsy.  It fits in well with this model, and while it hardly makes the watch a “must buy,” it does add a certain je ne sais quois to it.

The end result is a watch that is expensive, to be sure, but is also drop-dead gorgeous.   This one is a watch that just about anyone would be happy to own.

The end result is a watch that is truly a thing of beauty.