The world’s first ladies are more fashionable than ever—think Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy—and ladies’ watches are following suit.
by Roberta Naas
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The yellow gold La Mini D De Dior ($6,850) is embellished with 71 diamond brilliants and has a satin strap. Dior, 21 East 57th Street, 212-931-2950; dior.com.
Chanel’s Premiere ($5,850) has a steel case set with 52 diamonds and a bracelet with white ceramic links. Chanel, 733 Madison Avenue, 212-535-5828; chanel.com.
From Chopard, the LUC Tourbillon Lady (price on request) houses a one-minute tourbillon and is bedecked with 8.6 carats of diamonds. Available soon at Chopard, 709 Madison Avenue, 212-223-2304; chopard.com.
The beautiful Morellato Master watch ($230) has a steel case set off by Swarovski crystals. Morellato, 551 Fifth Avenue, 212-682-8710; morellato.com.
To celebrate the one-year anniversary of its salon at Tiffany & Co., Patek Philippe presents the Gondolo ($21,800), which features a dial double-stamped with the names of both legendary brands. Inspired by antique Art Deco Patek Philippe and Tiffany watches from the 1930s, the 18k white-gold timepiece flaunts 164 round-cut diamonds. Produced in a limited production of just 100 pieces (50 with a black dial, 50 with white), the watch was a collaboration between Tiffany and Patek Philippe, with the fi nal design attributed to Sandrine Stern, manager of ladies’ watches, jewels and objets d’art at Patek Philippe. Available at Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Avenue, 212-755-8000; tiffany.com.—R.N.
FROM LEFT: First Lady Michelle Obama wearing the Cartier Tank Française in 2009; In steel with a steel bracelet, Cartier’s large-size Tank Française ($5,250) has a spinel cabochon crown and quartz movement. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters. Cartier, 653 Fifth Avenue, 212-753-0111; cartier.com; Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wearing the Cartier Tank Louis watch in 1969.
A MOMENT IN TIME
As President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama settle into the White House, Cartier is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the United States. And just as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wore a Cartier in 1969—the Tank Louis—First Lady Michelle Obama sports a Cartier of her own—the steel Tank Française. She even wore it for her official portrait.—R.N.
photograph by Joyce N. Boghosian/the White House via Getty Images (OBAMA); Stefan Vos (CHOPARD)