Treat Yourself: Six Luxury Watches for the Ladies on Valentine’s Day

There’s been a notable shift in the luxury watch and jewelry industry. Women are no longer waiting for men to buy them timepieces and jewelry but rather, are purchasing luxury watches and fine jewelry themselves. And why not? We know what we like and we have the means to get what we want.

So with Valentine’s Day around the corner, rather than waiting for cupid’s arrow, just pull the trigger and treat yourself to one of these gorgeous ladies’ luxury watches. Think of it as self-care.

 

1. Ladies’ Omega Constellation

In case you haven’t heard, two-tone watches are back in a big way. After all, why choose between a white metal watch or a yellow metal watch to match your accessories for the day when you can have them both in one timepiece.

A classic luxury watch, the Omega Constellation has been seen on the wrists of model Cindy Crawford, actress Nicole Kidman, and golfer Michelle Wie. This particular two-tone ladies’ Omega Constellation not only merges durable stainless steel and precious yellow gold, but it also boasts a ring of diamonds on the bezel, in addition to diamond hour markers. Plus, the integrated bracelet offers up some serious vintage seventies glam. Measuring a dainty 23mm, you can easily stack bangles and bracelets around this Omega Constellation for a lavish, layered look.

 

2. Ladies’ Cartier Tank Française

Cartier watches are the chosen accessories for celebs and style mavens and have been for decades. Jackie O, Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are all fans of the famous French Maison’s timepieces. Even Kim Kardashian joined the Cartier club when she anonymously purchased Jackie O’s timepiece at an auction. How’s that for timeless style that spans several generations?

The Tank watch is one of Cartier’s most famous timepieces, with a silhouette that is both classic and highly recognizable. This particular Ladies’ Tank Française is a modern approach to the 100-year-old watch. Built in stainless steel, measuring a very wearable 25mm, and furnished with Cartier’s signature blue hands, Roman numerals, and blue stone on the winding crown, this piece is an everyday luxury watch that will get plenty of wrist time. 

 

3. Chanel J12 GMT  

The Chanel name needs no introduction and in true Chanel fashion, their J12 watches are bold yet minimal. Constructed in high-tech black ceramic and sporting a large 42mm case, this Chanel J12 GMT watch sits proudly on one’s wrist.

Plus, this isn’t just any regular watch that tells the time, but rather it’s a GMT timepiece that indicates the time in two time zones simultaneously thanks to the extra 24-hour red-tipped hand. And instead of a battery-operated quartz movement, this is an automatic watch, meaning that it’ll keep going as long as you wear it. Perfect for the jet set, this is the watch to wear as you travel the globe in style.

 

4. Chopard Happy Sport

 If Rihanna loves Chopard, then so do we. Especially Chopard’s famous Happy Sport watch collection, which includes a dash of floating diamonds dancing around the watch dial. The round case of this 18k yellow gold version of the Ladies’ Happy Sport watch is timelessly elegant while the curvy links on the bracelet wears and feels like a beautiful piece of fine jewelry.

Encased within the 26mm watch case is a fresh white dial with Roman numerals along with yellow gold center hands.  Also, there are the black onyx stones set into the winding crown and lugs that are simply sublime.

 

5. Rolex Ladies’ Datejust

If you want just one luxury watch in your jewelry box, then it’s got to be a Rolex. And this particular Rolex Ladies’ Datejust has everything you need for a one-watch collection. First, there’s the two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel construction to match almost everything in your wardrobe. The 31mm stainless steel case includes a yellow gold fluted bezel and yellow gold winding crown. Additionally, the famed five-link Jubilee bracelet includes yellow gold center links flanked by stainless steel ones.

Then there’s the classic dark dial embellished with diamond hour markers, because why not? There’s also the iconic Cyclops magnification lens on the sapphire crystal to make reading the date easy. And finally, housed within this stunning watch is an automatic caliber that just requires wrist movement to run. It’s no wonder Rolex has been the leading luxury watch brand for as long as we can remember.

 

6. Ladies’ Rolex President

If you really want to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day with the ultimate status watch, then feast your eyes on the solid yellow gold Rolex Ladies’ President watch. Not only is this 26mm watch made entirely in 18k yellow gold, but there are also the diamonds on the dial for added luxuriousness.

The curvy semi-circular links on the bracelet wrap around the wrist comfortably while the champagne color of the dial underlines the monochromatic look of this precious metal timepiece. Make no mistake, this is not just a watch for yourself, but it will be a family heirloom to be enjoyed by future generations.

 

With just a little over two weeks to go until the international day of love, indulge in yourself with a luxury timepiece that will last you forever. And because we know that you’re a savvy shopper, picking one of these pre-owned pieces will save you big bucks—and who doesn’t love that?

Cartier Panthere New vs. Original

Comparing Generations of Cartier Panthere Watches

The sleek panther has been a symbol of the House of Cartier since 1914 when the brand created an exquisite Panther themed bracelet with onyx and diamonds. From then on, this large feline has been featured in a range of Cartier products including jewelry, leather goods, accessories, and of course, watches. While the Cartier Panthere watch does not feature the animal per se, it is named after the brand’s favorite beast and is certainly inspired by it.

Cartier made big news last year when the Maison revived their popular Cartier Panthere watch. An icon of the 1980s and 1990s, the Panthere was one of the most glamorous watches to own during its era. And given the Cartier Panthere’s elegant style and iconic silhouette, it’s not a surprise that the brand decided to bring back this popular luxury watch for a new generation to enjoy.

As a reissue of the original Cartier Panthere watch, the new pieces are very similar to their predecessors with just a few differences to note. So with that in mind, let’s compare the new Cartier Panthere watch with previous Cartier Panthere models to determine exactly what has changed.

 

Original Cartier Panthere Watch Design

Cartier first introduced the Panthere watch in 1983, during a decade of decadence. As such, the watch was designed to be a glitzy enough to capture the attention of the moneyed crowd with plenty of celebrities opting to wear the glamorous Cartier piece.

The Cartier Panthere watch is characterized by its square case with elongated lugs and square bezel with eight exposed screws. There’s also the signature Cartier-esque dial with Roman numerals, blue sword-shaped hands, and rail-track minute detail at the center. And let’s not forget the famous blue sapphire-set winding crown found on most Cartier timepieces.

However, since square watches are a favorite form of the Cartier brand, the most distinct design feature of the Panthere watch is undoubtedly its link bracelet. Reminiscent of a piece of fine jewelry, the Panthere bracelet is the watch’s calling card. Fashioned to resemble a layer of bricks, the rounded links come together in a beautiful way and blankets one’s wrist in a graceful and supple manner. Comfortable to wear, attractive to look at, and luxurious through and through—the bracelet is everything we’ve come to expect from Cartier. Securing the Panthere bracelet is a concealed deployant clasp.

Thirty years ago, the Cartier Panthere was marketed to both men and women. In fact, there is some gorgeous photography of actor Pierce Brosnan and musician Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones rocking their men’s Cartier Panthere watches floating around on the Internet. Consequently, Cartier made the Panthere watch available in a range of sizes including mini, small, medium, and large to suit all genders, sizes, and tastes. The larger men’s models also sometimes featured a date window for added practicality.

During the eighties, the Cartier Panthere watch was originally created in either yellow gold or two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel, later including lavish white gold models to the line. In 1991, Cartier added an all-steel version of the Panthere, making the watch more accessible to a larger audience. Of course, since Cartier is first and foremost a jeweler, there were several diamond editions of the Panthere timepiece available as well.

To the dismay of many, Cartier eventually discontinued the Panthere watch in the early 2000s. But luckily, not for long; and that brings us to the modern era Cartier Panthere.

 

New Cartier Panthere Watch

The new Cartier Panthere watches have retained all of the design hallmarks from the original models. They too have square cases, square bezels with exposed screws, and the famous brick-lay bracelet. However, the new watches are presently only available in two sizes—the Small Panthere with a 22mm case and the Medium Panthere with a 27mm case. As a result, the new Panthere is currently exclusively positioned as a ladies’ watch.

Much like the original Panthere watch collections, the pieces come in yellow gold, white gold, two-tone in yellow gold and steel, and of course all steel. However, new to the collection are rose gold Panthere watches including a very avant-garde rose gold version with black lacquer detailing. Furthermore, as a direct homage to the panther beast, there’s also an ultra-lavish white gold and diamond version adorned with animal-like spots in black lacquer.

Also similar to preceding models, the new Panthere watches all run on quartz movements for optimal accuracy and practicality. At this time, Cartier only offers time-only models, but it wouldn’t be surprising if they eventually added date versions at a later stage. Perhaps we’ll see some new models launched at the upcoming SIHH 2018 luxury watch fair taking place later this month.

 

Opting for a Pre-Owned Cartier Panthere Watch

Since the new Cartier Panthere timepieces are essentially reissues of the older generation, savvy shoppers should turn their attention to the secondary market to purchase a pre-owned Cartier Panthere watch. The new versions come with pretty hefty price tags ranging from $4,600 for the small all-steel model to over $141,000 for select high-jewelry options.

Naturally, prices in the secondary market for pre-owned Cartier Panthere watches are significantly less with steel models and two-tone versions selling for around $2,000 while full yellow gold editions can be found for just above $7,000. Compared to the sky-high prices of the current Panthere watches, these are fantastic deals indeed to own one of the most celebrated women’s watch designs from Cartier.

If you’d like to own or perhaps gift (don’t forget, Valentine’s Day will be here sooner than you think) this gorgeous Cartier ladies’ watch, then browse our collection of pre-owned Cartier Panthere watch to find the right one for you or view our complete collection of Cartier preowned watches.

Large size 18K Yellow Gold Cartier Panthere

 

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Omega-Speak: A Reference Guide to Omega Specific Terminology

As one of the world’s leading luxury watch brands, Omega enjoys a passionate fan base of clients, collectors, and enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. With roots that date back to 1989, the Swiss watch company has released some of the most iconic timepieces, innovative materials, and groundbreaking watchmaking advancements throughout its long history. From the Moonwatch to the Co-Axial escapement to the new Master Chronometer rating, read on to discover terminology, inventions, and nicknames that are specific to Omega culture.

 

Official Omega Terms

 

Ceragold

Used on some Seamaster Planet Ocean diving watches, Omega Ceragold bezels seamlessly combine ceramic and 18k gold. The bezels are first formed using zirconium-oxide-based ceramic, which are then laser-etched with bezel markings such as numerals and scales. The ceramic rings are then plunged into a gold electrolytic bath for 48 hours where a thick layer of 18k gold coats the rings. The rings are then polished down to their ceramic layer, leaving behind a beautifully smooth ceramic bezel with an 18k gold-filled diving scale.

 

Co-Axial Escapement

The Co-Axial escapement was invented in 1974 and patented in 1980 by watchmaker George Daniels. Omega purchased the rights of the Co-Axial escapement from George Daniels and debuted it in a DeVille watch in 1999. Compared to a traditional Swiss lever escapement, the Co-Axial escapement causes much less friction, thus there’s less need for lubrication and the watch can enjoy longer periods between servicing. The Co-Axial escapement also boasts better efficiency, resulting in better precision. Today, Omega furnishes many of their watches with the Co-Axial escapement.

 

Griffes

“Griffes” is the French word for “claws” and refers to four metal pieces holding down the bezels on modern Omega Constellation watches. The “Griffes” made their debut on the 1982 Constellation Manhattan models and has since become an integral design element on all Constellation watches for both men and women.

 

Liquidmetal

First used by Omega in 2009, Liquidmetal is an alloy composed of zirconium, nickel, and other metals. Omega uses the alloy along with ceramic to create ultra-tough scratchproof and fade-proof bezels. The ceramic bezel inserts are first laser-engraved with bezel markings and then bonded with the Liquidmetal alloy. Once the Liquidmetal is polished away, Omega is left with a ceramic bezel with Liquidmetal-filled markings.

 

Master Chronometer

In 2015, Omega introduced the new Master Chronometer certification on the Globemaster watch. A Master Chronometer certification means that in addition to being COSC-certified, it has also been certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). METAS subjects watches to eight intensive tests over ten days including precision tests, positioning tests, magnetism tests, water resistance tests, and durability tests. Master Chronometer certified Omega watches are resistant to an incredible 15,000 gauss of magnetism, thus are considered true anti-magnetic timepieces.

 

Moonwatch

While the Omega Speedmaster chronograph was first introduced in 1957, in 1969 it became the first watch on the moon when it traveled with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on their historic lunar landing. Since then, the Omega Speedmaster Professional aptly picked up the Moonwatch nickname. Omega has since created a variety of Moonwatch editions characterized by their black bezels, black dials, steel construction, and manual-wound chronograph movements.

 

Sedna gold

Named after one of the reddest planetoids in our solar system, Sedna is Omega’s proprietary red gold alloy that blends gold, copper, and palladium. It is prized for both its beautiful color, as well as its resistance to fading.

 

Famous Omega Nicknames and Terms Used by Collectors and Enthusiasts

 

It’s important to note that famous Omega collector Chuck Maddox coined many of the Omega nicknames that are frequently used by collectors today. Chuck Maddox passed away in 2008.

 

Anakin Skywalker

The nickname used for the 1970s Omega Seamaster Chronograph ref. 145.0023 with the tungsten-chrome finish and the blue, red, and black dial. This was coined to complement the black “Darth Vader” version of the same watch reference.

 

Big Blue

The nickname used for the vintage Omega Seamaster Automatic 120m Chronograph ref. 176.004 in reference to the watch’s large 47mm case and blue dial and blue bezel. This is not to be confused with the new Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT “Big Blue” ref. 215.92.46 released at Baselworld 2017.

 

Bullhead

First released in 1969, “Bullhead” is the label given to a family of Omega chronographs that features the winding crown and chronograph pushers at the 12 o’clock position rather than the typical 2/3/4 o’clock position. The location of the pushers and crown, along with the distinct case shape do indeed come together for a design that’s remarkably like a bull’s head.

 

Darth Vader

The nickname used for the 1970s Omega Seamaster Chronograph ref. 145.0023 with a black ceramic-like coated steel case and a black, red, and white dial.

 

Double Eagle

In 2003, Omega released a larger, heftier, and more masculine version of the Constellation dubbed the Double Eagle. A double eagle refers to a score of three strokes under par in golf and as big supporters of the sport, Omega borrowed this term to name their then-new Constellation Double Eagle collection.

 

Ed White

NASA Astronaut Edward White became the first American to walk in space in 1965. During his historic spacewalk, he had on his wrist an Omega Speedmaster ref. 105.003. Therefore, this particular reference has aptly been nicknamed the “Ed White.”

 

Holy Grail

According to the late Chuck Maddox, the Speedmaster Automatic ref. ST376.0822 first released in 1987 is the “Holy Grail” Speedmaster. The 42mm Speedmaster Professional style case houses Omega’s version of the classic Lemania 5100 automatic movement.

 

James Bond

In 1995, superspy 007 began wearing Omega watches in the famous James Bond films—and continues to do so today. One of those Omega watches includes the Seamaster Professional ref. 2531.80, which has since been nicknamed the “James Bond” by collectors.

 

Jedi

To complement the “Darth Vader” and the “Anakin Skywalker” Star Wars themed nicknames, the vintage Omega Seamaster ref. 145.0024 picked up the “Jedi” moniker. However, the vintage Omega Seamaster ref. 176.0005 with a distinct cushion style case is also often (incorrectly) referred to as a “Jedi” due to an auction house catalog error.

 

Lobster

The nickname used for a variant of the Omega Speedsonic ST188.0001—a chronometer chronograph powered by a quartz movement—from the 1970s with an unusual lobster tail-like metal bracelet.

 

Mitsukoshi

Mitsukoshi is one of Japan’s most famous department store chains. In 2003, Omega collaborated with the store to launch a limited-edition Speedmaster Professional ref. 3570.31 dubbed the “Mitsukoshi.” Characterized by a white Panda-style dial with black registers, only 300 examples were produced and sold exclusively through the Mitsukoshi stores.

 

Montreal

Omega has long been the official timekeeper of the Olympic games. For the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics the company unveiled the Seamaster Chrono Quartz ref. 196.0052. Now nicknamed the “Montreal,” the case was fashioned to resemble a scoreboard while the dial featured both analog and digital displays. Plus, the famous Olympic rings logo is found engraved on the caseback.

 

Speedy

An affectionate nickname for any Omega Speedmaster.

 

Speedy Tuesday

The hashtag #SpeedyTuesday was created in 2012 by Omega enthusiast and blogger Robert-Jan Broer of Fratello Watches and quickly gained momentum across all social media platforms. So much so, that Omega created the Speedmaster “Speedy Tuesday” Limited-Edition watch in 2017, aptly limited to 2,012 pieces!

 

Wally Schirra

In 1962, Wally Schirra piloted his Sigma 7 capsule on a six-orbit mission that lasted more than nine hours and on his wrist was his personal Omega Speedmaster CK2998. This particular watch became the first Omega in space and of course, picked up the nickname the “Wally Schirra.” Omega has since released a couple of commemorative models to celebrate the first Omega in space including the 2012 Speedmaster “First Omega in Space” ref. 311.32.40.