Just in time for the St. Valentine’s Day, Blancpain has presented the limited edition Ladybird Ultraplate Saint-Valentin 2016 (Ref. 0063F-1954-63A). Featuring an in-house automatic movement with an exterior design done by something that looks like a team of real professionals, this one may be a little expensive for most of us, but it still is worth every penny.
Designed for men and women and speaking the same design language, they usually only differ in sizes of their bodies and, when necessary, the movements that power them in order to maintain the same basic proportions. The 2012 Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Tradition collection was follows this philosophy to the “t”.
With its mirror-polished body, guilloched dial, and a set of finely-cut diamonds, the 2012 TAG Heuer Link Lady (ref. WAT1414.BA0954) could have been a serious competitor to the gorgeous Omega DeVille Ladymatic (4220.127.116.11.63.001), if only it wasn’t powered by a simple quartz movement instead of a high-grade automatic caliber. On the other hand (no pun intended), the watch is still a good contender for the right to be chosen by those ladies who don’t care about the movement and other technicalities and simply look for a beautiful trinket that also tells time.
Omega’s dressy line of Constellation timekeepers has recently been updated with a super-compact model that now packs their high-grade Omega Co-Axial Calibre 8521 self-winding movement into a diminutive 27 mm rose gold case. Although some may find this particular Constellation ref. 18.104.22.168.57.001 with its loads of gold, gold-colored mother-of-pearl, and a set of huge diamonds as blingy as a wedding gift from Tutankhamun himself, it sure looks great in its own daring way.
The American fashion brand that was established by an immigrant of Belarusian origin has just presented their new hand-wound Ralph Lauren Slim Classique Square designed for ladies. Offered in an ultra-thin case that is currently available not only in flashy 18-karat rose gold, but also in a lot more inconspicuous white gold alloy, the new timekeeper is deceptively simple and absolutely fabulous.
The quartz-powered La Grande Classique de Longines (ref. L22.214.171.124.2) expands the elegant, yet affordable collection from the renowned entry-luxury watchmaking brand. Like the rest of the La Grande Classique family, the new Ref. L126.96.36.199.2 is offered in a relatively small stainless steel case that measures only 24 millimeters (less than one inch!) in diameter and perfectly suits even an average wrist, although it will probably be ladies of smaller stature that the timekeeper will be especially popular with.
The 2011 Frederique Constant Junior Ladies (refs. FC-200M1ER6B, FC-200WA1ER6B, and FC-200WHD1ER6B) collection a “jump-start kit” for the parents that want to make a nice birthday gift or a back to school present for their teenage kid, but are not yet ready to buy her a really expensive Swiss Made timepiece powered by a fine mechanical movement.
The legendary French fashion brand has finally added a third, middle-sized, member to it the elegant Dior La D de Dior family. Previously, the collection was available in small (19 mm) or large (38 mm) cases that, naturally, limited fans of the brand in their choices. The version in a medium-sized 25 mm case easily solves this problem making both customers and shareholders a trifle happier.
Just in time for Christmas, a minor (yet still having a long history of making fine wristwatches) brand that specializes in fashion and designer timepieces has presented its new Alfex Truly Gorgeous Quartz (Ref. 5661.755) adorned with Swarovski crystals. Although, when it comes to decorating timekeepers with precious (or just precious-looking) stones, most brands tend to start with the body, Alfex (quite wisely) decided to limit the use of the crystals to the comfortable-looking, multi-piece bracelet.