The pure and simple truth is that it doesn’t get any easier, than to pick a pretty Movado women’s watch. They really don’t know how to make an ugly timepiece. All of their watches can be compared to jewelry, yet all keep time with Swiss quartz precision accuracy, as well. Ok, enough with the accolades let me tell you about my latest Movado find.
The Movado Luko Women’s Watch. This piece, from Movado is crafted in 14 carat yellow gold, and features a white dial. It’s really stunning, and a bit unusual. The Luko has a slightly rectangular face, with Roman numeral accented dial. Certain hour markers are designated by gold drops, instead of numbers or indexes. The Movado insignia is located at the 12 o’clock setting and the trademark Movado dot is displayed, as usual. The Luko women’s watch offers gold sword shaped arms, delicately pointing out the time.
This women’s timepiece is a Swiss quartz model, with a case width of just 17 mm. This luxury watch from Movado is presented with a 5 row linked bracelet, which is feminine and elegant. You can’t beat the look and feel of this beautiful women’s watch. Leave it to Movado to keep coming up with gorgeous ladies watches.
Materials like leather and platinum used to be the order of the day when it came to luxury watches. Nothing else could satisfy the stratospheric standards of sumptuousness. But now that even the standards of luxury are beginning to change as well, there’s a new player in the luxe materials market – rubber.
Rubber-strapped watches were once limited to just the lower end of the watch spectrum, to just the cheap, disposable or toy watches. Nowadays, though, even the highest-end watch brands feature rubber straps, and diamonds can be on the same watch as PVD.
Ready for Anything
With its primary goal of being the toughest watch you’ve ever seen, it’s pretty understandable for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor to have molded rubber instead of the typical leather strap or metal bracelet. After all, you’d be less discouraged to get rough with your watch if the strap were made of something like rubber.
The durable material also fits in well with the rest of the décor on the Survivor. Molded black vulcanized rubber goes well with the brushed and textured black case and bezel of the watch. Overall, the material adds to the unmistakable impression of a very tough watch indeed.
A Tribute in Rubber
Few would question the use of a rubber strap with the Piaget Polo FortyFive, especially since rubber straps are commonly used with sports watches anyways. What’s not regular is rubber being used by a luxury watchmaker like Piaget, especially on a commemorative model like the FortyFive.
The matte rubber is an interesting contrast to the shine of the steel case on the FortyFive. It suggests a typical high-end watch with a not-so-typical sporty side to it – definitely a step in a new direction for Piaget. Aside from that rubber touch, the FortyFive is everything you’d expect a premium watch to be.
The New Luxe
Believe it or not, the diamond-abundant Perrelet Diamond Flower features numerous diamonds set into a metal case – all alongside a 100% rubber strap. It’s at the forefront of this whole movement of putting together old world luxury materials with new, underestimated elements under a well-known brand.
The Diamond Flower is an elegant mix of form and function. While it sports a breathtaking flower motif on the dial and a timeless design, a double rotor mechanism ticks away behind all the beauty.
It seems likely that rubber straps will continue to be a fixture in the high-value world of premium watches. It takes some elements from the low end, many elements from the upper end and puts them together in a previously unexplored middle ground.
Makers of premium watches really know how to pay their dues to their traditions. And what better way to pay homage to classic watch designs than to release new watches based on the old ones? Here are three commemorative timepieces that were adapted from classic designs, only more modern, advanced and expensive.
A Twenties Timepiece
The first of the three watches is a design straight out of the Roaring Twenties: the Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921. It hearkens back to a time when cars were still a fairly new invention, and the ‘modern’ aesthetic was very different from the one we have today.
It owes its distinctive cushion shape – the square with its sides bulging slightly outward – and its unusual orientation to its time context. This design was one of the first to be called a ‘driver’s watch,’ a timepiece designed specifically for automobile drivers. Tilting the whole thing to 1 o’clock allowed drivers to tell time with both hands on the wheel.
Faithful to Tradition
The commemorative collection from prestigious Audemars Piguet is, unsurprisingly, named Tradition. This same collection got quite a few updates at SIHH 2009, most notably the Tradition Perpetual Calendar Minute Repeater.
Like the Vacheron Constantin tribute, this Audemars Piguet watch commemorates one of their earlier designs – a pocket watch with the same cushion shape from 1923. Cushion contours were apparently a big thing back in the 1920’s, and big names like AP seem to be making it just as big a trend almost a century later.
A Vintage Haul
Even high-end watch companies usually limit their commemorative releases to just one or two models. Schaffhausen, Switzerland-based International Watch Company, more popularly IWC, releases not just one or two but six updates to some of their oldest and most timeless designs. Going in chronological order, they revived
The Special Pilot’s Watch, a design first released in 1936;
The Portuguese, whose first incarnation debuted in 1939;
The Ingenieur, a watch dating all the way back to 1955;
The Aquatimer, a popular creation from 1967;
The Da Vinci, first released in 1969; and
The Portofino, an iconic design from 1984
It’s no wonder that IWC should revive those six designs in particular. They were some of the company’s most popular models, and each one helped cement IWC’s reputation as a purveyor of high-end timepieces.
Even if 2009 marks some of the most modern advances in timekeeping technology, it’s also a great year for combining horology and history.