A Quick Look At The New Patek Philippe Ladies Chronograph Ref. 7150/250R
I’m not too sure whether you realised (considering there was VERY little hype…), but last weekend one of Britain’s beloved royals tied the knot with his American sweetheart. Meghan Markle walked down the aisle wearing an elegant gown and a very glamorous diamond encrusted tiara, and it got me thinking; I wonder if there are any new ladies wristwatches that are set with diamonds and fit for royalty?
Well the answer to that is quite simply…YES!
Patek Philippe recently introduced its newest addition to the ladies complications collection at Baselworld, and it really is a stunner.
In 2009, Patek introduced its first ladies chronograph (ref. 7071), it was designed to flatter a woman’s petite wrist size and to ooze feminine charm. However, in 2016 ref. 7071 was discontinued, and Patek had to create a new ladies chronograph to meet the standards and popularity of its predecessor. And personally, I think Patek did an incredible job.
Ref. 7150/250R proves that a ladies watch does not have to be plain and simple to attract the masses. Sometimes a combination of refined elegant style and a complicated mechanism can make the perfect wristwatch!
Gone are the days of tiny 24mm ladies watches. Today, the majority of women show a fondness towards much larger watches and those pieces featuring more functions. Patek Philippe is clearly listening to the demands of the market because this classy complication really does hit the spot.
The external watch specifics
Currently the only Patek chronograph offered exclusively to women, ref. 7150/250R features a 38mm 18-carat rose gold case, and a rose bezel beautifully set with round cut diamonds. The clean silver dial features rose gold Breguet numerals, in addition to two chronograph subdials, a seconds counter and a 30-minute register.
Unlike its predecessor, watchmakers incorporated a pulsometer scale to ref. 7150/250R, so that those women who like to be active and keep track of their health can measure their heart rate. The entire case back is covered with a layer of scratch resistant sapphire crystal, allowing its wearer to admire the hard work and effort spared to create the masterpiece.
And finally, a classic hand stitched alligator strap finishes off this vintage-modern hybrid. A few extra diamonds have even been set into the 18-carat rose gold buckle, because at the end of the day…diamonds are a girl’s best friend!
The internal watch specifics
Sticking with the manually wound movement, this ladies chronograph houses caliber CH 29-535 PS (previously used in ref. 7071), and can hold its power for an impressive 65 hours, 20 hours longer than the average automatic. The ladies chronograph currently has a water resistant depth of 30m, but this really isn't a watch you'd want to go swimming and diving in regularly!
Patek Philippe is renowned for creating exquisite timepieces that emit a hint of vintage appeal, and they’ve certainly aimed to impress with this piece. But I think it is completely fair to say that there really is no better chronograph aimed at, and made entirely for, women.
To take a closer look at all of Patek’s other models, click here.