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TRENDS

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May 2016

Women's watches

  • showcasing understatement
 
 eloge epure

Minimalist timepieces devoid of frills and furbelows go wonderfully well with today's wardrobe.

 

If there's one Paris name that knows how to spark women's desires it has to be Chanel, always ahead of the game be it in clothing, beauty products or fashion accessories. Since launching the Première watch, Chanel timewear has never belied that fact. Its latest icon-in-the-making, the Boy.Friend, is a byword for simplicity, its minimalist octagonal case an accomplished illustration of how masculine styling is best feminised. Of the many variants presented at Baselworld, the Boy.Friend Tweed on a steel bracelet is sure to prove irresistible to fashion-conscious women.
In the run-up to the (imminent) opening of its Paris store, London jeweller Graff Diamonds, habitually a purveyor of jewellery watches, surprised us with the new Graff Vendôme inspired by the architectural beauty of the prestigious Paris square. Nothing if not modern with its angular case, crown channelling the pattern on the top of the Vendôme column and hour markers mimicking the square's shop entrance arches, it comes in white or pink gold with a blue, black or brown dial and a bezel either plain or set with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds or rubies. The back is engraved with the new shop's address: "17 place Vendôme", adjacent to the Ritz.
Bulgari has revisited its best-selling Serpenti in black or white ceramic that's easier to wear. And Audemars Piguet is now (at last!) offering its mythic Royal Oak women's model without diamonds; in a 33mm or 37mm octagonal case of yellow gold (another new departure), it puts the perfect finishing touch to the casual-chic allure women so love.