Fashion and watchmaking
Chanel draws on masculine clothing and its watchmaking corollary to blur boundaries. We were already more than happy to wear boyfriend jeans, XXL sweaters, a trendy tux or a man’s shirt. This time the Boy.Friend watch is pushing the style combo right the way through to the wrist. An octagonal shape, generous dimensions, strong lines and highly contemporary sobriety outline the contours of this elegant watch offered in beige gold or white gold, with or without diamonds, in two sizes. To extend an androgynous look or lend a disruptive touch to a sensual aura, Boy.Friend embodies that which is feminine by drawing on masculine inspiration. There’s no longer any point in stealing your man’s possessions!
Black, white, contrasts, straight lines, and shapes which echo each other in perfect symmetry… Between futurist aesthetics and graphic reminiscences of geometry classes delivered at school, clothing pays tribute to black and white combined through rigorous shapes. This chic trend is also influencing watchmaking, as elegantly illustrated by Tiffany & Co with a cocktail watch that beautifully offsets deep black with the white sparkle of diamonds. Eighty-six round and baguette-cut diamonds frame the refined white mother-of-pearl dial. The linear precision is almost mathematical.
Red, everywhere, from head to toe… From stilettos to coats via stockings, this winter the color of passion is spilling over onto ladies’ wardrobes and making its way onto wrists with a plethora of watches complete with stylish straps. A single touch is enough to light up the moment and the feminine figure. At Vulcain, the guilloché dial and strap create a harmonious tone-on-tone effect. A row of diamonds on the 42mm bezel illuminates this alarm watch featuring colors that give a delightful twist to its design and add a warm touch to winter days. To be paired with matching lipstick and nail polish…
Brilliant in every sense of the term
Between strass, sequins and lame fabrics, fashion is draped in lustrous brilliance. Yet there is nothing bling about this hot trend that Patek Philippe interprets with all the discretion and classicism for which it is renowned. The Ladies’ Annual Calendar is complicated and brilliant in both literal and figurative senses of the term, enhancing its mechanical sophistication with a mother-of-pearl dial whose iridescent beauty reflects the sparkle of a ring of 361 diamonds. Robed in the warmth of pink gold, a moon phase, annual calendar and small seconds make themselves at home on the wrist. Golden, brilliant, and quintessentially elegant.
Tiger, zebra, leopard print, shearling, furs… The animal kingdom is an ongoing staple in feminine wardrobes, interpreted through all manner of colors and guises. In watchmaking, the same wild enthusiasm has taken hold of the passing of time. Harry Winston, having glorified feather art in subtle and sumptuous creations, has now moved on to butterfly wings. The Premier Precious Butterfly Automatic 36mm reveals an amazing miniature canvas consisting of iridescent pigments taken from the wings of the dainty insect. The result is fascinating : captured by Harry Winston, hours and minutes dance with endless grace across a kaleidoscope of bright colors…
Lace and embroidery
At times bohemian and precious, often poetic yet always traditional, embroidery asserts itself in a delicate and transparent manner on timepieces and timepieces. Far from being outdated, the art of embroidery and lacework is a vibrant skill to which Hublot pays tribute. To create the Big Bang Broderie, Hublot worked with Bischhoff, a benchmark firm in the field of 100% Swiss Made embroidery. A skull motif embroidered on tulle was used before being encased and molded in carbon fiber like a stack of sheets. A new and exclusive process for a resolutely haute couture watch.