Ten Swiss ladies watches under $5000
As we are at the peak of holiday shopping season and we’re approaching the end of the year, let’s take a look at ten fantastic ladies watches the Swiss have launched in 2014. With watches as with many other good things in life, the sky is the limit, so for the sake of keeping this story short, we opted to only look at pieces under $5000. Most of these watches have an automatic movement and for those that don’t care about gears, we also included a few quartz models.
The order in which the watches are presented has nothing to do with their price or their quality, this story is not a top 10 of anything, it is just a list of ten new ladies timepieces we like.
Baume & Mercier Promesse
The same way when it comes to novelties for men, in 2014 watch brands have often turned to their archives to find inspiration for their novelties. We see the same happening for ladies too and the new Baume & Mercier Promesse collection is a fine example of this trend. The new Promesse collection is based on a 1970s model from the B&M museum collection.
The 2014 Promesse collection has 14 models, offering a choice of 30 mm or 34 mm case, with different combination of materials used for the case, the bracelet and the dial.
The Promesse 10163, polished/satin-finished two-tone model, presenting a versatile steel and red gold-capped steel, 34 mm-diameter watch. With a refined silver-colored “drapé guilloché” dial, it is accented by gilt Roman numerals and diamond-set indexes. The transparent case-back lets you admire the decorated automatic caliber.
Corum Admiral Cup Legend Lady
The Admiral Cup was one of the most recognizable collections of Corum, ever since the 1960s, when it was first launched. The new Admiral’s Cup Legend line is split into two categories based on the size, a 32 mm and a larger 38 mm.
The reference A020/02582, illustrated above, has a 32 mm stainless steel case with a 18-karat red gold bezel and a mother-of-pearl dial that forms the background to 12 nautical flags that form the numerals.
It is powered by a Swiss CO 020 quartz movement with hour and minute functions. Many ladies won’t miss the date window, it is way more comfortable to have a battery powered watch that need no special care for years.
Eterna Tangaroa Lady
Priced at $3,410, the Eterna Tangaroa, has a 32 mm stainless steel case, decorated with 78 diamonds. The elegant dial is paved with mother-of-pearl, it can’t get any more feminine than this. At four o’clock there is a tiny date window. The watch is powered by the automatic ETA 2671, with a power reserve of 38 hours.
Frederique Constant Slimline Moonphase Ladies
When it comes to complications, the moonphase is the queen! In 2014, Frederique Constant has launched the Slimline Moonphase Lade collection, consisting of six models, each one more graceful than the other. Our favourite has the reference number FC-206MPWD1SD6, a 30 mm polished stainless steel case with diamonds decorating the bezel. The mother-of-pearl dial further decorated with eight diamonds serving as indexes. The moonphase display blinds in nicely into the overall layout of the dial. The Slimline Moonphase Ladies collection is powered by the FC-206 quartz calibre.
Hamilton Flintridge Lady
This is probably one of the most interested ladies watches of 2014. Presented at the 2014 edition of Baselworld, the design of the Hamilton Flintridge is based on a sport watch from the 1930s. This is a limited edition collection that has two versions, one for gents and the other for ladies.
The Flintridge has a polished protecting cover, which in the case of the ladies model is decorated with sun-rays emitting from the opening at six o’clock. This opening is in place to show seven diamonds decorating the dial. Limited to 999 pieces, the automatic Flintridge Lady is retailing for $1,395.
Longines Elegant Collection
The Longines Elegant Collection includes round watches with sleek lines in three sizes: 25.50 mm, 34.50 mm and 37.00 mm. Displaying the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as the date, these models are available in steel or steel and rose gold cap, and certain versions are set with diamonds. Evoking the Longines watchmaking tradition, all models in this collection are fitted with self-winding movements. The visual lightness of the design is finished off with a bracelet made up of fine links.
Maurice Lacroix Fiaba Date
Fiaba Date, the latest addition to a collection whose Italian name means “fairytale”. The Fiaba Date collection comes in two sizes, fully polished or gem-set stainless steel 28 and 32 mm. Among the several variations, we particularly like the model with the number FA1004_PVP3_110, for it is beautifully combining stainless steel with gold plated finish. The Fiaba Date is powered by a Swiss made quartz movement.
Rado Esenza Touch Fibonacci Colours
If it’s Rado, than it is ceramic, a scratch resistant, lightweight, high-tech material which is very comfortable to wear and its hypoallergenic properties make it skin friendly and tantalizingly touchable. In stark contrast to the shiny black are the 534 naturally gorgeous precious stones that appear on each dial. The natural side of their beauty is underlined in the Fibonacci setting of the stones, which is often seen in plants and flowers. The pattern is a perfect harmony of proportion.
Touch collection features Rado’s patented ceramic touch technology, with a gentle touch and sweep along the side of the crown-less case, time can be easily adjusted.
Raymond Weil Jasmine
The 35 mm stainless steel case of the Jasmine by Raymond Weil is embellished by 49 diamonds. The jasmine flower depicted in mother-of-pearl at the heart of the dial provides a subtle reminder of the origins of the collection, created as a homage to the heroin of the Puccini opera, Turandot, whose splendour is associated with jasmine. Blued leaf hands sweep over the Roman numeral indexes, echoing the blue sapphire dome of the crown. The date is delicately emphasized by a steel border at 3 o’clock.
The Jasmine is powered by the automatic calibre RW2400.
Tissot T-Trend Lady T072
The T-Trend Lady comes in either quartz or automatic. The watch geek in us, of course, will recommend the automatic version that is powered by the newly developed Powermatic 80 calibre. This new movement is not just accurate, but it is also blessed with a very useful 80 hours of power reserve, meaning that your lady can put down the watch on Friday and Monday morning, it would still run.
OK, enough about the gears, the T-Trend Lady in it’s proportions, the decoration of the dial, the shape of the hands prove that this is after all a ladies watch with truly feminine lines. The price is incredible, $750 for a Swiss automatic watch.
We hope this story will help you find a beautiful gift, to grace for many years the wrist of that special lady!