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On Our Watchlist: The Fun, Statement Women's Timepieces From 2019's Swiss Watch Fairs

A first look at the standout luxury ladies timepieces we'd be coveting this year.
Boy.Friend Tweed Art, Chanel
Limited to just 20 pieces, this handsome manual-winding timepiece takes a creative approach to one of Chanel’s icons: the tweed. The latter is represented as a vivid trompe l’oeil pattern, achieved through enamelling. Galop d'Hermes, Hermes
Inspired by the lines of harnesses and stirrups, this new model packs several whimsical updates. Cue the unusually-placed crown at six o’clock and the eight o’clock hour marker which is both the symbol of infinity and an inverted stirrup. Rendez-Vous Night & Day Jewellery, Jaeger Le-Coultre
If the 186 diamonds on this model seem particularly brilliant, that’s because the brand has adopted the traditional and time-consuming prong setting technique which is said to bring out the radiance and shine of the stones even more. Tonda 1950 Rainbow, Parmigiani Fleurier
With 36 baguette-cut gemstones – from sapphires, rubies, tsavorites and amethysts – arranged in the vibrant hues of the rainbow, this 39mm-wide timepiece is made for the woman who likes to make a statement. Diva's Peacock Dream, Bvlgari
This mechanical dress watch is primed for the big plumage movement in fashion right now. Crafted with an actual feather on its dial, the flamboyant timepiece comes with an 18K rose gold case studded with brilliant-cut diamonds. Panthere de Cartier Manchette, Cartier
The French word manchette, which means “cuff”, gives you an idea about the latest update for the Panthere de Cartier timepiece which takes its design cues from the glamorous ’80s. What separates this from other cuff watches are the whimsical touches which make this a great conversation starter. Cue the off-centre dial and the missing links on the cuff, which creates an almost mesh-like effect when you don the timepiece. RM 07-03 Automatic Marshmallow, Richard Mille
For 2019, Richard Mille turns to sweets, desserts and fruits for a range of delectable feminine timepieces. One of the standouts from the outing is this signature RM 07-03 timepiece, whose piece de resistance has got to be the fluffy marshmallow dial. Created using grade five titanium, 5N red gold and enamel, the extremely realistic and three-dimensional depiction of the confectionery is one of the most playful watch designs we’ve come across.     Star Twist, RJ
This hard-edged watch is one of the four designs in a series of ladies timepieces inspired by the cosmos and galaxies. That extraterrestrial idea is represented beautifully on the mother-of-pearl dial which features a first-of-a-kind technique used in watchmaking: four different layers of paint and an additional fifth layer of transparent coating is applied on the dial to create that opalescent effect to mimic the deep space. Another reason we love this watch? It reminds us of arty tie-dye prints which are big for this season on the fashion runways. Vanguard Crazy Hours, Franck Muller
The flagship model from Franck Muller — known for its ability to reshuffle the hour markers on the dial at every 60th minute — gets a fun Barbie-cool update for 2019. The paved diamond watch features a shock of fuschia pink on the indices and over 80 rose sapphires sprinkled around the bezel.   Big Bang One Click, Hublot
Noted for its innovative “one-click” mechanism on the case which allows you to swap your straps easily, the Big Bang One Click is made for women who value the power of accessorising. So for 2019, Hublot ups its wrist game by turning to storied Swiss embroidery house Bischoff for help. The latter, which creates precious fabrics for some of the biggest fashion and haute couture houses, responded with two types of patterns in six different colourways. One is a tweed fabric design and the other features a bohemian-slash-ethnic pattern. Extremely Lady, Piaget
Of late, Piaget has been revisiting gold-working techniques from its archives in the ’60s and ’70s which was also the golden age of the jet-set society. Through its research, the brand is able to study the way to recreate the scales of snakeskin on gold which was apparently a  common style used for Piaget women’s watches during that era. Each scale is brushed by hand and the differences in angle and pressure result in one-of-a-kind designs.     Cat's Eye Plum Blossom, Girard-Perregaux
The brand’s trademark elliptical watch for women gets its most romantic and poetic makeover yet. The collection is presented in three different incarnations with an aventurine dial (pictured), a mother-of-pearl dial or a full diamond dial with its namesake detail — the delicate plum blossom flower — appearing as a small seconds hand.