There’s no question that while extra-large-diameter ladies’ watches were on-trend in the relatively recent past, we’re seeing a move toward smaller sizes of late. More diminutive watches are flattering on feminine wrists, and they have long been associated with dressy or jewelry-style watches, as opposed to the chunkier styles that look great for sport. New “mini” watches, which shrink dimensions even further, add interest to one’s wrist without dominating it. Here are a few examples.
Longines’ new Mini
—its smallest watch to date—measures a mere 16mm in diameter. This quartz timepiece features a white mother-of-pearl dial with four diamond indexes marking 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. Rhodium-plated hands complement the case, whose bezel is studded with diamonds. The watch comes on a black, red, lavender or beige leather strap.
Cartier’s Tank Americaine Mini
, with its elongated case, measures just 27mm by 15.2mm. This pared-down classic comes in white or yellow gold on a bracelet or a colorful leather strap. Driven by a quartz movement, the Mini features a silvered dial, Roman numerals and brilliant-cut diamonds on the case and crown.
Dior’s La Mini D De Dior
offers new and colorful patent leather straps this year. The 19mm quartz watch collection now includes about 20 models with steel or gold cases, and varying dial and strap options—including jade and mother-of-pearl—and a diamond-set bezel and prong buckle.
Harry Winston’s Avenue
collection is inspired by New York’s famous Fifth Avenue, home to the first Harry Winston salon, and its Art Deco look is indicative of the period during which Winston founded his business. The quartz Avenue C Mini
measures just 15.6mm by 32.3mm and features central hours and minutes. Shown here is the Mini Lily Cluster
Art Deco watches made by Audemars Piguet during the 1920s are recognized by jewelry and watch collectors for their craftsmanship and creative designs. This new timepiece, referred to as Tutti Frutti
, includes hand-carved multi-colored gemstones and incorporates the smallest movement that Audemars Piguet has ever produced. The watch was created in partnership with the Parisian jeweler, Egouvillon Lafon & Cie.