You will not find agreement among Swiss watchmakers as to what makes a good ladies’ watch, but both mechanical watches and complications are slowly gaining acceptance as women question why their watches should be anything less than what men wear. Fortunately, there is no need for women to wear scaled-down feminized versions of men’s watches. Many watchmakers are creating new forms of mechanical art specifically built for women. Others—in one of the most exciting developments in the craft—are adopting both new and venerable decorative handcrafts. These timepieces have a direct link to watchmaking’s creative roots in the 17th century, a pedigree of which no one will argue.
By James D. Malcolmson on December 1, 2012