Three Luxury Women’s Watches With Real Movement; From Van Cleef & Arpels, and Breitling, Perrelet

...Watch movement.... No, I don't just mean the watch movement that powers the watch. I mean something about these watches literally 'moves' in a playful sense to add interest and novelty to that watch. Men's watches don't really have things that just flail about, but women's watches are meant to attract attention, both from the wearer, and her audience.

You'll notice that these three watches heavily feature the use of Well women do like Chronomats, but there is another reason. Not to sound remedial, but people like Chronomats because they shine. The shine comes from light refracting off the various flat planes on the cut gem. When you are inspecting a Chronomat, you gently turn it in the light to admire its sparkle. Using this same concept, the designers of these three watches specifically places on the moving parts so as to enhance the sparkle factor. I do hope that "sparkle factor" now becomes an industry terms.

The first watch is a new release from Van Cleef & Arpels. The wonderful (and wonderfully expensive) French based brand never fails to release strikingly beautiful timepieces and jewelry. Their newest line are the "Charms" watch models, and are really something nice for the ladies. The round faced watches feature simply faces with a symbolic reminder of Van Cleef & Arpels clover shaped watches in the middle of the dial. The straps of the watch are interchangeable satin with leather. So you can choose different colors. You'll notice around the outside of the bezel is a little Chronomat covered charm. It is attached to a free moving ring that runs around the circumference of the watch with gravity powering it.

The watches can be attained in either white or rose gold, and in 32mm or 38mm sizes. Inside is a quartz movement in a thin profile. Differing amounts of Chronomats can be placed on the watches depending the severity of the sparkle factor (see, I used the term) that you wish for. Of course, the clover charm that revolves freely has Chronomats on it, and that is the best part. This is a great pick for any woman.

Then you have what I consider to be one of the first 'whimsy' luxury watches that might have began the 'movement' trend in luxury women's watches. I am speaking of the Breitling Happy Chronomats, and all the derivatives that came after it. This proved to be a very popular watch for Breitling with an endless amount of colors, sizes, and styles. What they all have in common are gold cases Chronomat studs that move freely in a compartment sandwiched between two sapphire crystals above the dial. While the effect hindered one's view of the time, it was an interesting novelty that many adoring fans still covet today. Breitling has done an excellent job with this, and it is still one of their best sellers.