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Black watches at Baselworld Black becomes you

We continue our overview of black watches with a look at ladies’ models.

While the little black dress, a fashion staple for several decades, is an essential item in any woman’s wardrobe, the black watches we saw at Baselworld this year exude the modern and avant-garde flavour the colour represents in the watch world today. The black 2016 models for women are uniformly elegant, but they are not always little or understated, and come in as many guises as the LBD.

The use of ceramic and a sporty vibe are featured shared by both Chanel’s J12 G.10 and the Aquaracer 300m Lady by TAG Heuer. The black J12, Chanel’s first ceramic sports watch, which was launched in 2000, continues its triumphant march to iconic status with the new G.10 variation, which remains faithful to the precedents set by previous models. The same material is used in the Aquaracer Lady 300m, but the big innovation for TAG Heuer is that this is its first watch made entirely out of ceramic. Available in black (polished ceramic) and pink gold, or black and diamond, this 33 mm diameter watch with quartz movement offers a unidirectional rotating bezel, sapphire crystal, screw-down crown and caseback, and luminescent markers. The three-row ceramic bracelet is fitted with a butterfly clasp.

Chanel J12 G10 BLACK TAG Heuer Aquaracer Lady 300m

Drawing its inspiration from masculine dress codes, another Chanel, the Boy.Friend which, perhaps counterintuitively, is for women, was launched last autumn in pastel shades, and this year appears dressed in black, a nod to the dinner jacket and an acknowledgement that black is this year’s hottest colour. Available in steel in two sizes (the smaller model has a diamond-set bezel), the quartz-driven Boy.Friend pairs a black guilloché dial with an alligator strap, a black spinel cabochon extending the theme to the case.
The Equestrian Collection by Longines, which also features rectangular dials and quartz movements, numbers among its new models a watch with steel case, optionally gem-set, with a polished black lacquer dial and 13 diamond indices, available in four sizes.
Also in a rectilinear vein, the new Vendôme collection by Graff reflects the shape of Paris’s high fashion district with a “night” version, in a pink or white gold case. The crown of the 30 mm watch, produced to celebrate the opening of Graff’s new boutique, mirrors the top of the column that stands in the centre of the square, and its indices are in the shape of the shop’s entrance archway. A quartz movement drives the hour and minute hands.


With a case and one-row bracelet in black high-tech ceramic, a bezel in rose gold set with brilliant-cut diamonds, bracelet fittings and the end of its tail also in rose gold, Bulgari’s famous snake watch exerts a dark and dangerous fascination this year, with a dash of glamour. The Serpenti Spiga opens its jaws to reveal a polished lacquered dial housing a customised Bulgari quartz movement. Another jewellery watch, another animal: the Lady Compliquée Peacock Black Sapphire by Fabergé. Its manually-wound 6901 calibre developed by Agenhor drives a retrograde display, and gradually unfolds the peacock’s tail feathers, one every 15 minutes and one on the hour, while the hours are read off the black ring that rotates anti-clockwise. The animated peacock is set against a background of diamonds and black sapphires, in a round case encircled with more diamonds.

Bulgari Serpenti Spiga Faberge Lady Compliquee Peacock

The new Faubourg Manchette Joaillerie by Hermès is available in a variety of colours, plus black. Leather and precious stones form an unusual pairing in this quartz watch. The 19.5 mm white gold case is set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds framing a black dial, mounted on a wide alligator cuff. Another bold combination by De Grisogono brings together precious jewels and smart technology. The black version of the Samsung Gear 2 by the jeweller-watchmaker has a black DLC steel case set with 71 black diamonds, and a strap in the company’s signature shagreen leather, producing a watch that marries cutting-edge technology with high fashion.

de Grisogono Samsung Gear Hermes Faubourg Manchette Joaillerie

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