With the New Year almost on us, Arabian Knight throws the spotlight on eight beautiful new watches from Swiss manufacturers that will make the perfect gift for women this festive season.
Whether in gold and steel lacework or with gem-set jewellery, these watches dedicated to contemporary women radiate a palpable aura of sensuality, the firms say.
Inspired by haute couture, enhanced by floral notes or enlivened by sporty touches, they are at once high-precision objects and jewellery creations that can either be worn to the office or for an evening out.
Charm and seduction meet and mingle in a mother-of-pearl dial, a flurry of diamonds, a picture painted with precious or semi-precious stones, all pervaded by an eminently feminine elegance.
EBEL – EBEL WAVE LADY
First introduced in 1977, the Ebel Sport Classic watch has asserted itself as one of the most memorable of its generation. With its bracelet featuring characteristic wave-shaped links, it radiated a sense of movement while featuring remarkable suppleness thanks to the seamless integration with the case. Now, Ebel has reinterpreted this grand classic through its new Ebel Wave watch. The iconic signature bracelet maintains its famous waves, while giving them a more dynamic and contemporary touch. More distinctive than ever, it stylishly merges into the case profile so as to preserve the sensual lines and flowing curves associated with Ebel.
ERNEST BOREL – COCKTAIL COLLECTION
The Cocktail watch fabulously illustrates the creativity behind Ernest Borel with a unique 1940s patented design which the brand has revived to match today's tastes. Proposed in five colours, it reproduces the fascinating kaleidoscope effect of the original watch with a cutaway disc that rotates as time drifts by. More glamorous than ever with its six diamonds set in the dial, the Cocktail watch is perfect when the occasion calls for something elegant, and equally at home for more every-day wear.
FRANC VILA – LADIES TRIBUTE II BLUE-DENIM
Franc Vila plays the alchemist by mingling the timeless beauty of diamonds with one of the contemporary everyday must-haves: jeans. The delightfully glamorous Ladies Tribute II Blue-Denim is a luminous object of desire, transcended by the magic of precious stones sparkling on the ellipse-shaped case. Stylish in each and every detail, it clothes its dial in a deep blue denim colour or with a dainty mother-of-pearl version with diamond-set hour-markers. And because women love variations, its Blue Jeans strap is interchangeable to suit every mood.
Price: Classic dial $24,100, Selenity dial: $26,400.
FREDERIC JOUVENOT – SURYA SOLAR DEITY
Frédéric Jouvenot presents a world premiere in the shape of the only model ever made that indicates the time by twelve jumping petals rather than by hands, numerals or discs. Sparkling like the Indian sun god that inspired its name, the Surya watch displays two faces showing the day and night cycles. At noon, all the petals are a luminous green, while they gradually turn black as the hours slip by. At midnight, all are black and reflect the light in the darkness, before beginning another 24-hour cycle. Meanwhile, the minutes tick by in the centre, indicated by a marker turning on a fixed disc. This exceptional watch required two years of development to create the mechanical movement as well as the perfectly executed 3D stones on the dial.
LONGINES – THE LONGINES ELEGANT COLLECTION
Elegance has always been one of Longines's greatest qualities. Almost impossible to define, elegance is something we immediately perceive, in an attitude, a certain grace, or a noble heart. Elegance, according to Longines, is a subtle blend of simplicity and classicism that banishes ostentation. Which is the perfect definition of this new collection. Proposed in three sizes, the watches in the Elegant Collection are clothed in steel or introduce colour with a pink gold cap, with or without diamonds. The different dial executions mark time on a bed of mother-of-pearl, studded with diamonds, or on a palette of discreet colours. Eternal classics for which elegance truly is an attitude, each one is brought to life by a mechanical movement, in true Longines tradition.
MANJAZ – MANJAZ PREMIUM APOLLO CHRONOGRAPH
Manjaz invites today’s woman to make time her daily trusted companion with its new creation suitable for wear in any situation: Premium Apollo Chronograph. The case with its sensually rounded lines stylishly proclaims its generous 41-mm diameter. The delicately striated dial adds a refined touch accentuated by shimmering golden accents echoed by the bezel, crown and pushers. This white-clad chronograph exudes an appealing aura of purity, enhanced by a keen sense of detail.
PIERRE DEROCHE – GRANDCLIFF MILADY CHRONO
Mechanical watchmaking meets haute couture for this timepiece from Pierre DeRoche. Inside, an automatic movement measures the flight of time, joined by a chronograph and a large date. They come to life within a highly stylised composition that is further accentuated by 64 diamonds, the eternally seductive stone. For a true touch of glamour that will delight fashionistas, an astonishing bodice-inspired strap makes this GrandCliff Milady the ultimate sensual watch.
PIERRE DEROCHE – GRANDCLIFF MILADY ROYAL RETRO
Beneath its ultra-feminine airs, the GrandCliff Milady Royal Retro contains a unique feat of horological mechanics: a fascinating ballet of six seconds hands, each measuring ten seconds before handing over to the next. This mechanical choreography is played out against a backdrop of flowers formed by the delicately sculpted and diamond-set bridges. Time becomes poetry and extends an invitation to join the dance.
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