Leading watch brands are responding to women’s demands for timepieces that are pretty on the outside and powerful within.
WATCHES, FROM LEFT: 1. This Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date watch ($23,550) is crafted in 18k Everose gold, the brand’s proprietary gold. It houses a self-winding COSC-certified chronometer movement. Bernie Robbins Jewelers, 500 Rte. 73 South, Marlton, NJ, 856-985-4500
2. From Zenith, this Captain Ultra Thin Lady Moonphase watch ($14,700) is crafted in 18k rose gold with diamonds and houses the Zenith Elite 692 automatic 195-part movement, which offers 50 hours of power reserve. Govberg Jewelers, 1521 Walnut St., 215-546-6505
3. From Patek Philippe, this Ref. 4968G, Ladies Moonphase watch ($58,600) is crafted in white gold with a white mother-of-pearl dial and diamond bezel. It houses a manually wound movement. Govberg Jewelers, SEE ABOVE
ACCESSORIES: Fleuri de Provence scarf, Hermès ($435). King of Prussia Mall, 610-992-9730. Sunglasses, Gucci ($495). King of Prussia Mall, 610-337-4130. Bespoke passport case, Anya Hindmarch ($285). Barnard box, Ralph Lauren ($1,995). The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., 215-985-2800
Today’s woman wants more than just a pretty face. Uniting form and function is seductive, and that feeling has never been more epitomized than with the boom in ladies’ mechanicals. Women now make 35 percent of sales from Swiss makers, and many brands are offering them watches with mechanical movements inside to ensure that every time a Philadelphia woman wears her watch, it works.
Generally, there are two types of mechanical watches: automatics—also referred to as selfwinding—and manual winding. As their names imply, a self-winding watch winds itself automatically with the movement of the wearer’s wrist by powering a mainspring that is torqued to release the power consistently and offers a power reserve to keep the watch running between wearings. Manual-winding watches are those for which one needs to physically turn the crown in order to power the watch. Both offer the wearer the distinct knowledge that hundreds of tiny pieces work harmoniously within that half dollar-size case to keep time perfectly.