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in this issue ASA BUTTERFIELD BY MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK

DA MAN Caliber 2016’s Gift Ideas for the Steel-Hearted Women in Your Life

TRUE AS STEEL. The delicate appearance of many women’s watches often belie immense structural strength, especially the ones made of cold, hard steel

 

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso by Christian Louboutin

 

CASE OF STEEL AND RED HEELS
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso by Christian Louboutin

Jaeger-LeCoultre’s iconic Reverso watches are often referred to as blank pages or canvases. Earlier this year, for the 85th anniversary of the their signature swiveling watches, the brand not only unveiled updated versions of existing Reverso lines but also added the new customizable Atelier Reverso. And the very first Atelier Reverso was personalized by none other than Christian Louboutin. The watch, a transformed Reverso Classic Duetto, features shimmering colors and textures, which contrast nicely with the original model’s Art Deco design. One variant even features an iridescent back dial that will regale onlookers with a magnificent play of light. And obviously, there’s the telltale touch of red inside the strap—just like the sole of Christian Louboutin’s shoes.

 

Case size: 34.2mm x 21mm or 40mm x 24.4mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Dial: Silver
Strap: Alligator
Movement: Calibre 844 or Calibre 968a
Power reserve: 38 hours
Water resistance: 30M

 

 

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Gucci

 

A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND
Gucci Diamantissima

Those familiar with the fashion side of Gucci might have noticed a distinctive crisscross motif printed on their bags and shoes. Known as the diamante, this pattern has inspired the Diamantissima jewelry line and also a watch line of the same name. These minimalist timepieces are offered in several case and strap options, but it can be argued that this polished stainless steel version (model YA141512 to be exact) is a definite cut above the rest. The intricate mesh bracelet certainly adds a refined edge, but, as usual, it’s the dial that steals the show: A shimmering field of white mother-of-pearl, set with four diamonds and a pair of silver hands. As with any Diamantissima watch, the diamante pattern is displayed on the side of the case. Subtle yet alluring, this is definitely a piece worth investing in.

 

Case size: 22mm
Case material: Stainless steel
Dial: Mother-of-pearl
Bracelet: Stainless steel mesh
Movement: Quartz
Water resistance: 50M

 

 

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La Grande Classique de Longines

PEARLY REDOLENCE 
La Grande Classique de Longines

 

Nothing beats the classics. Unless it’s an updated classic, of course. Such is the case with La Grande Classique de Longines, which has been a hallmark of the brand since the collection’s debut in 1992. Today, the updated collection is reintroduced with a new range of color variations. The slim steel case (just a hair over 4mm) houses a luscious mother-of-pearl dial adorned with a star pattern and four diamond indexes. The particular color of the dial (white and blue or white and pink) extends to the alligator skin strap in a soft pearly tone. Ladies looking for something a little more luxe, however, might want to consider the new La Grande Classique de Longines with a stainless steel bracelet or the white variant with a ring of diamonds on the bezel (Top Wesselton stones with a clarity rating of VVS—which is definitely a nice touch) to celebrate their finest hours.

 

Case size: 24mm or 29mm
Case material: Steel
Dial: Mother-of-pearl
Strap: Alligator or Steel bracelet
Movement: Quartz
Water resistance: 30M

 

 

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Frederique Constant

 

ABSOLUTE DELIGHT
Frederique Constant Classics Delight Automatic

One of the buzzwords making its rounds across the world of haute horlogerie this year is “accessible luxury.” In the hands of a young and creative maison like Frederique Constant, however, the “accessible” part doesn’t even come near to undercutting the “luxury” part. Just take a look at the brand’s Classics Delight Automatic pieces. From its lithe form to the glimmering dial with its slender hands and eight diamond indexes to how it feels clasped on your wrist, these watches ooze refinement. Ladies preferring a monochrome timepiece would certainly appreciate the polished stainless steel variant, while those looking for a bit of color can opt for the model with a rose gold-plated bezel. either way, the Classics Delight Automatic represents the apex of Frederique Constant’s design philosophy.

 

Case size: 33mm
Case material: Steel
Dial: Silver and mother-of-pearl
Bracelet: Stainless steel
Movement: FC-306 Automatic
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 30M

 

 

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