Girard-Perregaux has presented this 1966 Lady (Ref. 49528D52B871-CKBA) model in July 2014. Offered in a delicate, meticulously crafted and painstakingly finished with diamonds 18-karat rose gold case, the timepiece not only features the usual for the brand elements of industrial design but also manages (quite easily, at that) to play on the same field with such monsters as Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Sporting a finely decorated in-house self-winding movement and delivering a nicely balanced mix of materials, this new model is one of the most interesting “simple” timekeepers presented by the company during the last couple of years.
Re-designed in a smaller size and better proportions specifically for women, the Marvin Malton Mini-Cushion Moonphase (Ref. M022.12.39.12) is even more laconic, compact, and features an attractive design for a piece that costs less than €600.
Inspired by their 2011 Coloseo Flower model, the Saint-Honore Trocadero Lady «Magic Flower» takes the idea on a completely new level by offering a degree of refinement that I never expected from the Swiss-based brand. I can only admire this beautiful timekeeper: even despite the fact that it is powered by an anonymous Swiss quartz movement (like many other “fashion-oriented” watchmaking brands, Saint-Honore doesn’t bother about specifying names of the calibers that they use,) this new wristwatch doesn’t look like yet another fashion accessory that will be forgotten by next Christmas.
Jaeger-LeCoultre has updated its 2009 Duo Date collection with the hand-wound Grande Reverso Duo (Ref. Q3742421) in 18-karat rose gold. As before, the Duo features two dials: a silver one with an Art-Deco-style layout and a “digital” calendar wheel, and a black one with a more modern finish and a GMT indicator with day/night display at six o’clock. Thought about adding a The Onion-style joke about a guy with a bipolar disorder, but then decided that that one would be a very bad taste. Go figure.
The 2009 Patek Philippe 10 Day Tourbillon 5101R comes in the same art-deco-inspiring body as their 2003 10 Day model, but now offers a lot more appealing grey-and-silver dial with polished rose gold Arabic numerals and sand-blasted surface. The new version not only looks gorgeous, but also offers such a degree of, um, pedigree, which is rare even at this, extremely high, price.