Women’s watches are often overshadowed by more complicated and elaborate men’s options, but there now appears to be a refreshing focus on the fairer sex. While we’re enjoying the sportier offerings in the market now, the heralding of spring also makes it the perfect time to explore our softer sides.
Pastel watches have always been a staple in women’s watch collections, and for simple reason: They’re effortlessly feminine. Often in genteel shades of baby pinks, powder blue, or canary yellow, these timepieces easily add colour to your ensemble without screaming for attention.
Here are a few of our favourites now.
Turns out Richard Mille took the term “wrist candy” quite literally here. Fresh from SIHH 2019 last month, the RM07-03 Automatic Marshmallow joins the Bonbon collection in drawing inspiration from the watchmaker’s childhood. Of the 10 models, the Marshmallow easily stands out with its lavender pink and white ceramic case, which houses a delicious swirl of pastel enamelled marshmallows amidst red gold accents.
This is of course, accompanied by the equally commendable caliber CRMA2 skeletonised automatic in-house movement.
Inspired by the octagonal geometry of Place Vendome, this iconic timepiece not only gets highly complicated, but also an overtly feminine makeover. Here, the pristine white timepiece is comprised of an 18K white gold bezel that’s contrasted by 42 baguette-cut pink sapphires.
Within the white ceramic dial sits the star of the timepiece — a flying tourbillon decorated with the motif of the camellia, which, uncoincidentally, is Mademoiselle Chanel’s favourite flower. The movement, which was developed in close collaboration with Renaud & Papi, enables the tourbillon to make one rotation a minute as the petals indicate the seconds.
The recognisable Aquanaut gets reinvented for the ladies with the Haute Joaillerie model, which sees an engraved mother-of-pearl dial rendered in alternating shades of pink. The checkerboard patten is then framed by diamonds within the rose gold bezel, creating a sweetly sophisticated timepiece that’s easily suitable for both casual and formal occasions.
The intricately decorated partially skeletonised dial might be stunning in its own right, but it is the carefully sculpted flowers at its side that steal the limelight. On this particular reference, the dial harkens to the forgotten art of Chinese embroidery, where motifs such as the peony and other oriental blooms work their way around the enamelled jade-hued dial. The limited edition 37mm timepiece is accompanied by an equally opulent pink alligator strap.
Contoured harmoniously with an off-beat finesse only Franck Muller could master, the Vanguard Crazy Hours Lady combines boldness with an irreverent playfulness within the iconic tonneau-shaped case. The watch — created with a belief that time doesn’t have to always be in order — sees its hour markings jumbled in a myriad of pastel hues. Time is indicated via a jumping hours module, which is often a spectacle and unavoidable conversation starter in itself.