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Complicated Women
Watch Trends


While no one is saying that fancy complications and mechanical movements are going to overwhelm the market, the truth is functions—especially those that are “women friendly’’—are making inroads. Men may be interested in the intricacies within a watch movement, but women collectors are more attracted by functions they can see. Retrograde indicators, whimsical adaptations of moon phases, GMT, and special date indicators are functions that women find interesting. As complicated fine watches continue to be stellar sellers, there is a surge of interest in fanciful functions aimed at women, too. — Jeff Prine


steel watch has a two o’clock pusher that sets a diamond indicator
Alfex’s “Happy Moments” steel watch has a two o’clock pusher that sets a diamond indicator for a special hour or time—only the wearer knows for sure, (914) 235-6261.
18k white gold and diamond watch
Milus’ 18k white gold and diamond watch features automatic mechanical retrograde second indicators at three 20 second intervals, (866) 726-4587.
automatic mechanical steel watch
Maurice Lacroix’s “Starside Eternal Moon” automatic mechanical steel watch has crescent shaped openings to reveal day and month, and moon phase indicators, (800) 794-7736.
steel automatic mechanical watch
Girard-Perregaux’s steel automatic mechanical gives the time in 24 zones indicated by famous shopping streets such as Ginza, Faubourg Saint Honore, Madison Avenue, and Rodeo Drive, (877) 846-3447.
watch with diamonds
Harry Winston’s “Lady Z” has a case of the rare metal Zalium and diamonds, an automatic movement with offset hours and minutes, double moon phase, and small seconds, (212) 245-2000.