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10 Women's Watches That Wowed In 2013

In watchmaking circles, 2013 will go down as a benchmark year when women’s timepieces reached new levels of sophistication and artfulness. An array of tourbillons for the fairer sex play up the romance of the spinning mechanism by showcasing it with vibrant decorative arts that bring poetic nuances to a device intended to improve precision. As interest in métiers d’art builds, artisans are exploring more modern interpretations of the traditional enamel, engraving, and gem-setting crafts and working with unexpected materials, such as feathers and straw. While it has been around for years, snow-setting emerged as a trend that updates traditional gem-setting with a free-form method that mixes various sized stones, which the jeweler places guided by instinct and expertise. Meanwhile, novel mechanical movements are designed to enchant as well as keep accurate time. Women watch enthusiasts had reason to celebrate this year as several timepieces catered to our desire for creativity as well as quality. Here are 10 that stood apart for their audacity and beauty.