FROM a simple lunch date to something pricier, let’s gift her — our moms (and the moms of our kids) — with something special on the day dedicated to her. Any of these timepieces can show our appreciation. She can’t be thanked enough.
Patek Philippe Ladies Automatic Nautilus
No doubt, a Patek Philippe Nautilus in steel, and one with diamonds set on its bezel, is one awesome sight. This year the models meant for women turned more appealing by getting a larger 35.2-miilimeter-wide case (up from 33.6 millimeters) which perfectly matches the new dials. Embellished by an embossed wave-like pattern, the dials come in blue opaline, silvery opaline and gray opaline, all of which turn darker at the edges. Complementing the colors are 56 Top Wesselton Pure diamonds. Seen through a sapphire crystal window on the caseback is Patek Philippe’s cal. 324 S C, a self-winding ticker with a 45-hour power reserve.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31
Rolex this year brings out two new variants of the Oyster Perpetual
Datejust 31. One is in a yellow Rolesor (that’s Rolex-speak for steel and 18-karat yellow gold), the other in an Everose Rolesor (steel and 18-karat rose gold). The yellow gold version is the bolder of the two; it gets an olive green dial with sunray finishing, gold hands and Roman numerals, and 11 diamonds forming the “VI” marker. A 31-millimeter-wide Oyster case with a classically Rolex fluted bezel houses the in-house cal. 2236, an automatic movement boasting a 55-hour power reserve and Superlative Chronometer credential.
Chopard Happy Sport
Four new versions have joined Chopard’s Happy Sport collection. The first sets sapphires twirling on an oval dial; the second drapes its case and hour-markers in sparkling diamonds; and the two others manage to have their round 30-millimeter-wide cases shimmering via a combination of 18-karat rose gold and steel. Of course, in all four diamonds continue to dance over dials made from mother-of-pearl. This ensures no two dials (underneath of which lies Chopard’s self-winding, 60-hour power reserve cal. 01.09-C) will ever look the same. The Happy Sport marked its 25th year in 2018. But it is forever young.
Christophe Claret Margot
The name Margot means “pearl.” And this declares Christophe Claret’s Margot has a mother-of-pearl dial. Over this are three pear-shaped diamonds indicating 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock. At the center are 12 titanium petals sprouting from a red ruby pistil. Dainty blued steel hands read out the time. Playfully inscribed on two apertures on the dial are “Il m’aime” (He loves me) and “Passionnement” (Passionately). Framing this artwork are a bezel and lugs lined with grain-set diamonds. A 38.4-millimter-wide case made from gold and slate blue PVD-treated titanium houses all this, including the self-winding cal. EMT17 which has a 72-hour power reserve.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Red
Proposing a more accessible luxury is Oris’s Big Crown Pointer Date, which has just received a gorgeous deep red dial. Unchanged from earlier renditions, the watch celebrates its forebear from 1938, which was designed for the era’s pilots (explaining the oversized crown intended to be operated while wearing gloves). In the current piece, the steel case measures 40 millimeters across and is topped by a generously domed sapphire crystal. This touch boosts the dial’s vintage elements. Ticking within the watch is Oris’s Sellita SW 200-based self-winding cal. 754 which has a 38-hour power reserve. No doubt, this is a watch you can “borrow.”