2013 more than any other year in recent times seems to be heralding the rebirth of the woman’s watch. Vacheron Constantin chose to show only women’s pieces at SIHH and uber-macho Audemars Piguet announced its intentions to change its current sales of 75/25, male/female split in favour of the female market, so it came as no surprise when, earlier this week, Glashütte Original used the backdrop of the Berlin International Film Festival to unveil Pavonina (the Peacock) – its new range of watches for women.
Based on the classic cushion shaped case of the 1920s and at a sensible day-to-evening 33mm, the collection consists of more than 20 pieces ranging from steel on steel with a satin, patent or mock croc strap to the super-luxurious, fully-paved, rose-gold model on rose-gold bracelet.
The articulated lugs make the watch suitable for any sized wrist and eminently comfortable to wear and the unusual lug design extends into the links of the bracelet models. And, although the Pavonina is certainly no fashion watch, the straps feature a quick release mechanism allowing them to be changed quickly and without fuss – or the need for a super-special, ultra-manly toolkit.
My favourite piece of the collection has to be the bi-colour on steel bracelet, although I would naturally purchase it with additional strap (today’s choices are either silver or peacock-blue satin, however, that may well change tomorrow). But, although I love the design and overall look – which was well worth the two-year development process – all of the launch pieces, which have an entry-level price of just under €4,000, are powered by an in-house modified ETA quartz movement. I think I’ll save my pennies and wait for the mechanical version to be launched. When it is, my name will be top of the list!
Further information: www.glashuette-original.com