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Watch World begins its visit to the 100th Baselworld checking out four ladies watches. Hiren Kumar Bose

TAG HEUER Carrera Lady 2017
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This year TAG Heuer puts the spotlight on women with Carrera models in all black, denim blue, or a black dial with full-grain calfskin leather, and featuring a new modular construction. The 36mm case features a different construction, it is now modular and formed of 9 different pieces (case back, case middle, bezel, lugs and strap end-pieces), which paves the way for myriad possible combinations of almost endless materials, colours, treatments and finishes. The bezel is thicker and larger, which gives the case extra character. The lugs are now more prominent, rejuvenating the entire watch. The watches are fitted with a quartz movement to ensure their price tag remains competitive.

BVLGARI Octo Roma

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The 41 mm new Octo Roma takes its rightful place at the heart of the collection, renowned for its cases with 110 facets. After the classical models, the Velocissimo chronographs, the ultra-thin Finissimo and the Finissimo variations with complications, the Octo Roma embodies the “fifth element”, by introducing a modern and urban version flirting with absolute purity, while respecting the model’s design fundamentals. The iconic subtly reworked Octo case retains its strength, while ensuring even greater comfort on the wrist, including through its seamless strap. Combining watchmaking’s two major shapes, the circle and the square, it comes in gold, steel or two-tone steel and gold versions, expressing an inimitably Italian form of elegance.

BLANCPAIN  Villeret 8 Day Week of the Year Large Date 
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The Manufacture offers a large twin-aperture date display, along with a week of the year indication showing the number of the week around the rim of its dial with a traditional blued serpentine hand. To ensure visual balance as well as enhanced readability, the day of the week is also displayed with a blued hand on a subdial in the 9 o’clock position. The change of the week of the year takes place with the transition from Sunday and Monday. The numbering from 1-53 is a reminder that certain years comprise 53 weeks according to official calendars. The red gold 42mm case is equipped with patented under-lug correctors that are entirely out of view when the watch is worn. This system also enables the owner of this timepiece to adjust the indications with a finger tip, thus avoiding the need for a stylus tool. , The chapter ring and Blancpain logo are enamel-painted, a decorative technique requiring many successive oven firings at an extremely high temperature of more than 800° Celsius. The corrector at 11 o’clock serves to modify the day of the week; while its counterpart at 1 o’clock controls the week of the year. The large date is set via the crown. Powered by Calibre 3738G2, a 378-part self-winding movement, the watch is equipped with three mainspring barrels guaranteeing an 8-day power reserve, as well as a titanium variable-inertia balance with gold micrometric regulation screws and a balance spring in silicon.

FRÉDÉRIQUE CONSTANT Flyback Chronograph Manufacture
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The watch rewrites the rule book on one of the most demanding mechanical complications—the flyback cronograph. The watch’s heart beats with Calibre FC-760, entirely developed and created in-house. Thanks to its flyback function, this chronograph can measure a succession of events, such as during a race, without needing to be reset to zero every time. It is also equipped with a “Direct In-Line” function enabling instantaneous activation of the flyback function, with zero-resetting and launch of a new measurement simply by pressing a pusher at 4 o’clock. Contrary to classic constructions, the chronograph functions are distributed not by a column wheel, but instead by a star-shaped wheel driven by a pusher, thus ensuring particularly smooth operation. Another innovation is a clutch powered by a device based on two toothed pinions.