In the closing months of 2016 two events provided an important indicator of the growing influence of women in the high-end watch sector and the redressing of a situation that is well past time. Firstly, the Shangri-La at the Shard London hosted the first exclusively female-focused awards ceremony in the history of horology in October.
The celebration, named Eve’s Watch Awards, was dedicated to recognizing excellence in the field of watches for women and the winners, selected by an all-female judging panel, were awarded in a dozen categories including: Best Complication, Brand of the Year, Best Jewelry Watch, Collector’s Choice and others. “Women’s watches have long been overlooked,” Larissa Trew, co-founder of Eve’s Watch Awards said, “but the incredibly positive reception we received to the inaugural Eve’s Watch Awards proves that there is an appetite for positive coverage and acknowledgement in this area of the market.
The Eve’s Watch Awards judging panel is a group of women with unparalleled watch knowledge, experience, and expertise ready to celebrate the craftsmanship and innovation specifically designed for women’s wrists.” The second significant indicator of the timely influence of females in the field came just a few days later in early November at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, where six female jurors were present on the judging panel–including Elizabeth Doerr, upon who’s website quillandpad.com we discovered this information.
This unprecedented representation on the GPHG is a sure gauge that the haute horology sector is finally recognizing not only the value of the female mechanical watch market, but also respecting the importance of female contribution in the sector. To celebrate this gradual but welcome movement, here’s our collection of some of the finest ocean inspired feminine pieces available today…
Complicated watchmaking at Harry Winston finds its most contemporary expression in the Ocean Collection, where sophisticated mechanisms and the brand’s signature excentered dial designs are hallmarks of the series. While the Ocean Collection includes timepieces of technical sophistication in luxurious gold cases, and in striking combinations of gold and Zalium, here we feature the Ocean Biretrograde 36mm in white gold. With mechanical automatic winding, 35 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour and 65-hour power-reserve, its sophisticated engineering compliments the white mother-of-pearl dial with blue varnish, applied rectangular indexes and date aperture. A blue alligator strap, with white gold ardillon buckle, keeps this valuable piece set with 42 diamonds close to the wrist and heart of the lucky owner. www.harrywinston.com
Pershing 002 Asteria
The partnership between Parmigiani Fleurier and Pershing yachts perfectly illustrates both the connection between the horology and marine scenes, and the the important role played by women in creating them: Brand Manager of the latter being the inimitable Nada Serafini. Said to be inspired by the curving hull shape of Pershing’s yachts, the seductive 002 Asteria is a chronograph diving watch, water-resistant to a depth of 330’ (100m) and it is fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel, as well as a diving tachometer for decompression stops. Its dial is made from white mother of pearl, painted on the rear with a bright blue that appears transparent, while the impish starfish motif, the ‘asteria’ that gives the watch its name, is counterpointed by an equally playful octopus at the end of the second hand. The Pershing 002 Asteria combines a feminine strength with mischievous and refined accents. www.parmigiani.ch
RM 07-01 Full Set
The close association between Richard Mille and sailing is irrefutable and their support of the St. Barth’s Bucket is just one high profile example of their interaction with the sport. In fact, when the company decided to shoot the Full Set model of their RM 07-01 ladies line, they did so in St. Barth’s. The mechanical perfection of the Caliber CRMA2 skeletonized automatic movement, designed specifically for the RM 07-01, is encased within the sensual and curvaceous lines of a diamond encrusted case of which the bracelet is a carefully designed extension in order to ensure optimized comfort. Incorporating all the signature hallmarks of a robust Richard Mille piece–like the distinctive spline screws and patented crown system–yet with the delicate grace befitting a piece to adorn the wrist of a discerning lady, the RM 07-01 is a truly exquisite watch. www.richardmille.com
IW458107 Rose Gold
Renown for producing exquisite timepieces, IWC have again celebrated their connection with sailing through their support of global events like the Volvo Ocean Race through their Portofino collection with Portofino Midsize Rose Gold Diamond Automatic. Swiss made, this 37mm rose gold case is secured with a lilac alligator leather strap from Santoni, while the automatic movement, scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass and being water resistant to 100’ (30m) means it is as hardy as it is aesthetically enchanting. Around the silver dial the polished rose gold toned indexes (roman numerals at 6 and 12) are read by polished rose gold toned hands and blued steel second hand. Containing 25 jewels, featuring a power reserve of 42-hours and with a heart that beats at 28,800vph it is sure to get the pulse racing. www.iwc.com
One Click Pop Art
While not inspired by the ocean, we couldn’t refrain from including Hublot’s One Click Pop Art collection in this feature as it’s just so fun and colorful. Succinctly articulating the avant-garde spirit of the pop art movement, these bright, bold and strikingly prismatic pieces are a horological canvas for artistic expression and challenging convention. The Big Bang Pop Art come in either steel or, something of a rarity for Hublot, yellow gold cases that capture the retro spirit of the Pop Art movement. Accentuating the playful colors of the dial, the bezels are skillfully set with baguette cut precious and semi-precious stones, including blue topaz, purple amethyst, pink sapphire and green tsavorite. Within the 39mm case, waterproof to 100’ (30m) is the HUB1710 self-winding movement that offers a 50-hour power reserve. As colourful as the reefs you dive on! available with a silver, blue or brown dial. www.hublot.com
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
Originally released in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms was the first modern diver’s watch and ever since the collection has embodied Blancpain’s passion for the underwater world. Worn by countless divers and underwater photographers in their exploration and discovery of the oceans’ fragile beauty, all Fifty Fathoms models exhibit the main signature elements that forged the reputation as ‘the original’ and one of the latest additions to the collection features a unidirectional satin-brushed steel bezel with ceramic insert and Liquidmetal hour-markers. The NATO strap that embraces the 30mm satin-brushed steel 30mm case adds a practical but chic touch. www.blancpain.com