Earlier this year WatchPro unveiled its Watches of the Year 2012 – the 10 winning timepieces and 90 highly commended watches that we felt boasted commercial appeal, innovation and had wowed consumers and retailers alike over the past 12 months.
Now we are showcasing a watch a day that made the cut in 2012. We launch our women’s section today, beginning with a stunning timepiece from Patek Philippe.
Highly Commended Mechanical Watch of the Year – Patek Philippe Ref.7140 Ladies First Perpetual Calendar
Having introduced the Ladies First Chronograph in 2009, Patek Philippe has wowed the women’s market again this year with the debut of another complication timepiece — the Ladies First Perpetual Calender.
Looking every bit the part, this classically styled watch is the perfect amalgamation of the superior technology guaranteed from a Patek and the beauty that any women’s watch should boast.
Made in 18ct rose gold, the Calatrava-style case is home to a subtle, shimmering cream dial. Inside beats a Patek Philippe Ref. 7140 movement composed of 275 individual parts, which measures a slimline 3.8mm, made possible by its recessed off-centre mini rotor.
The watch boasts a perpetual calendar, a moon-phase display and has a mechanical memory of four years, recognising the days of each month, including leap years. This multifunctional marvel is finished with beautiful attention to detail. From its Breguet numerals to its hand-stitched alligator strap, this timepiece takes into consideration the lifestyle of most women.
Its strap is interchangeable and is available in a neutral mink, a chocolate brown or a royal purple hue. It is details such as these, as well as small additions such as tiny diamonds set into the clasp, that make this perpetual calender a watch that stands heads and shoulders above others in the women’s market, and naturally it is crowned our top choice of ladies’ watch in 2012.