By Aldous Tuck | May 31, 2017 | Watches & Jewelry
The world's most luxurious watch brands make a serious wrist-play for the ladies.
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Patek Philippe’s Ref. 7130G ladies’ World Time watch ($51,031) indicates all 24 time zones in a new white-gold case with a gray-blue hand-guilloched dial. The delicate nuance, illuminated by the sparkle of diamonds, also comes to the fore on the city disk and the shiny peacock-blue alligator strap. Tourneau, The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-732-8463
This year Cartier brought the Panthère de Cartier collection back into the spotlight in a diverse range of metals and finishes including this unique piece in 18k rose gold and black lacquer ($24,900). The watch offers a stunning palate in a classic design that features an automatic movement, a blue sapphire set crown and blue steel sword-shaped hands. Bellusso Jewelers, The Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-650-2988
TAG Heuer’s Connected Diamond watch ($6,750) has a steel bezel set with 62 diamonds, wrapping smarts in beauty. The Touch on Display screen has a resolution of 400 x 400 and supports multiple finger recognition. The Intel Atom Processor Z34XX offers 512MB of memory and 4GB of storage. The watch connects to both Android and iPhone smartphones. Ca d’Oro, The Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-696-0080
Richard Mille is known for using NTPT carbon in a number of his unique timepieces. This year, the Swiss manufacturer gave this rugged material a decidedly feminine spin by incorporating red gold and diamonds in the eye-catching design of the RM 037 NTPT ($153,500–$190,500). Due to the hardness of NTPT carbon, special CNC machines are required to create the lush pavé setting that to the touch is smooth as silk. The Shops at Crystals, 702-588-7272
A strong trend at this year’s Swiss watch fairs was a renewed emphasis on women’s pieces. While new ladies’ timepieces and collections are well-represented annually at Geneva and Basel, the 2017 difference is that the industry let its female clientele know loud and clear that they were top of mind: stunning new additions to collections that beforehand had a decidedly masculine flair; the incorporation of non-traditional materials into feminine designs; the expansion in categories such as smart watches, world timers, and sports watches, often considered the domain of men. This year, watchmakers are right on time with what women want.