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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
£21,500
www.lange-soehne.com

Jaeger le Coultre Master Compressor Diving Lady Céramique
£7,650
www.williamandson.com

Hermes Clipper Chrono 36mm with diamonds
£2,480
www.hermes.com

Ralph Lauren Sporting Chronograph 39mm
£5,050
www.ralphlaurenwatches.com

Patek Phillipe Calatrava in white gold with 54 diamonds
£16,480
www.patek.com

Backes & Strauss Regent Diamond Time with 18kt rose gold case
£30,375
www.backesandstrauss.com

Panerai Radiomir 42mm in pink gold with brown alligator strap
£10,300
www.panerai.com

Breguet Reine de Naples with gold bracelet set in diamonds
£43,000
www.williamandson.com

de Grisogono Instrumento N°UNO in special edition stingray colours
£9,600
www.degrisogono.com

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ladies Ceramic
£1,250
www.tagheuer.com