Ladies’ watches go sporty for summer

THE boom-time days of watches looking more like rainbow-jewelled bling machines than time-pieces are over. At Basel this year, ladies’ watches had more focus and discipline, and tended to be either smaller and more feminine or more sporty, nautical and professional-looking than their sparkling, big-statement predecessors. As one industry expert puts it: “Women’s luxury sports/nautical-inspired watches are set to be a big hit this summer. Think Riviera not Ibiza, Capri not Miami.”

Here we have a selection of watches that immediately strike the eye with their mature, restrained colours: they’re in neutrals, whites, blacks, pearls and greys. But as you’ll see from the price tags, top watch makers are still striving for purity and opulence: these are just as luxurious as their predecessors, they just don’t shout about it.

A. Lange & Soehne Little Saxonia in white gold

Jaeger le Coultre Master Compressor Diving Lady Céramique

Hermes Clipper Chrono 36mm with diamonds

Ralph Lauren Sporting Chronograph 39mm

Patek Phillipe Calatrava in white gold with 54 diamonds

Backes & Strauss Regent Diamond Time with 18kt rose gold case

Panerai Radiomir 42mm in pink gold with brown alligator strap

Breguet Reine de Naples with gold bracelet set in diamonds

de Grisogono Instrumento N°UNO in special edition stingray colours

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ladies Ceramic