OUR CHOICE OF THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST THAT CAME OUT OF THIS YEAR’S BASELWORLD WATCH SHOW

BY RYAN CARAFA

Blancpain

Quantieme Retrograde (3653-2954-58B)

With breathtaking beauty and design, the Quantieme Retrograde is our choice for the Cadillac of women’s watches.  It fits the wrist comfortably with a 36mm red gold case and is hard to miss with its mother-of-pearl face set with, and surrounded by, a row of diamonds. The beautiful in-house movement can be viewed through the sapphire crystal caseback. With this time piece, you’ll know the time, date and phase of the moon, in style. Price: $45,580 CDN

Nomos Glashutte

Tangente 33 Karat

In the watch-making industry, there are shining gems. Every watch that comes out of German manufacture Nomos Glashutte falls in this category. You can pick any of their timepieces designed for women and put them on this list, but we simply went with the Tangente 33 Karat. The stainless steel case case complements the wrist at 32.8mm. Turn it over and you can view the well-designed, in-house mechanical movement. This watch gets top scores in design and craftsmanship. Price: $1,960 USD

Glashutte Original

Lady Serenade

The Lady Serenade from Glashutte Original is an easy choice for this list. It’s a beautiful timepiece with a feminine touch. The bezel is set with 52 diamonds and the stainless steel case measures 36mm. The calibre powering this watch is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. This watch is elegant and sophisticated, just like the woman who wears it. Price: $16,700 CDN

Rolex

Date Just 31

The most popular of all the watches on this list is the Rolex Date Just 31 — and for good reason. Rolex stays true to their principle of making high quality timepieces with the Date Just 31. With a robust in-house movement, 31mm 18k yellow gold case, mother of pearl dial and diamonds, the watch makes a strong statement.  Price: $35,950 CDN

Audemars Piguet

Millenary Hand-Wound

This timepiece in as much a beautiful work of art as it is a technically constructed watch. It is for the woman who truly appreciates the finer things, and understands that the price tag is just part of the story. It makes a strong statement in every way; 18k white gold case size 39.5mm and the cut diamonds and velvet-black onyx create a zebra stripe dial.  Sapphire case-back reveals the immaculately finished movement. Price: $102,700 CDN

Jaquet Droz

Lady 8 Aventurine

Jaquet Droz understands the art of making feminine watches better than anybody in the watchmaking industry. The elegant curves with the fine jewelry craftsmanship seen hear in the Lady 8 Aventurine embodies the best. Decorating the wrist at a measurement of 35mm stainless steel case, it is a classy addition to one’s collection. Inside it is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, while outside the eye candy includes 48 sparkling diamonds. Price: $17,000 CDN

Cartier

Tank Solo

The most iconic women’s watch is the Cartier Tank. This elegant design has stood the test of time and continues to make women look elegant in any situation. Worn most famously by Jackie “O” Kennedy and Princess Diana, this timepiece does more than tell the time — it says a little about history.  Price: $3,200 CDN