Best original Ladies Mechanical Watches in the <$5k range

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    Question Best original Ladies Mechanical Watches in the <$5k range

    Hello,

    It's my first post here, and frankly I registered precisely to ask this question.
    I'd like to buy my wife her first mechanical watch, but after much research I'm at a loss.
    If money was no object the choice would be easy: Van Cleef & Arpels Pont des Amoureux Watch
    I am, however, trying to stay under $5,000 (I'd say $3k is the sweet spot). Ideally the movement would be proprietary, or at least decorated. I also want the watch to have some complications and/or a unique design. The "look" should be playful, whimsical and romantic (the VC&A above exemplifies that ideal perfectly, IMO). A few diamonds and a mother of pearl dial wouldn't hurt of course. My wife is rather petite so the case should be under 36mm. I understand this is a tall order, but I'm hopeful that the members of this forum can help!

    Here is what I found so far (hopefully this will serve as a reference to those in the same boat as me):

    Frederique Constant - Double Heart
    - It's actually quite attractive until you turn it over and see the ugly ETA movement in the back.

    Maurice Lacroix Phase De Lune Dame
    - ML is one of my favorite independents and this is a great watch. So far it's in the front running. I especially love this variant: MP6066-SD501-37E

    Longines Master Collection Moonphase

    - Similar to the above, but not as well executed.

    Zenith Baby Star (and the many variants)
    - Great movement, generally attractive. Another solid contender at this point.

    Thank you all for your help!

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    Re: Best original Ladies Mechanical Watches in the <$5k range

    Tall order, Temption - Cora, smallest mechanical chrono @ 29mm. Comes with bling or not.

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    Re: Best original Ladies Mechanical Watches in the <$5k range

    Thanks for posting this, also interested in a similar watch. If others can post some recommendations, would appreciate it.

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    Wempe is worth looking into and so is Nomos.

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    Re: Best original Ladies Mechanical Watches in the <$5k range

    Omega Constellation or Ladymatic seems to be quite popular with the ladies.
    Final Collection:
    AP RO 15300 (White Dial)
    Rolex Explorer II (White Dial)
    RM 005 WG
    PP 5167A
    AP FC Diver

    Hers:
    Rolex GMT IIc Two Tone
    Cartier Ballon Bleu
    PAM 111

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    Re: Best original Ladies Mechanical Watches in the <$5k range

    Thanks for your suggestions, but they're really not what I'm looking for (playful, feminine, unique, etc.).

    I did find one company that makes just women's mechanical watches, most of which are really amazing: http://www.delaneau.com

    I found them via this article in FT: FT.com / Reports - Women

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    Re: Best original Ladies Mechanical Watches in the <$5k range

    The Ball Lady Conductor Transcendent Pearl is another option - pretty (I much prefer the blue to the pink) but perhaps not sufficiently whimsical.

    I am not a girly girl by any means, and don't particularly like most watches designed for women. However, I covet a Zenith Baby Star. It's playful without being overly cute, and it's a Zenith. The other options you're looking at are gorgeous, but I think the Zenith is closest in spirit to what you had in mind.

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