Miami is doing a double take when it comes to cushion-shaped watches for women. They compliment stylish wrists with their subtly round-cornered square cases and inner round dials that are built by masterly makers. These watches have a bold appeal that is gently softened by their more circular silhouette. Luxury brands such as Glashütte Original, Patek Philippe, and Carl F. Bucherer are looking to their archives for inspiration and coming up with delightful renditions of this curious contour that deftly blend the past with the present for timeless classics. Patek Philippe based its Gondolo timepieces on watches the brand built for Brazilian retailer Gondolo & Labouriau at the beginning of the 20th century, while Glashütte Original looked to the 1920s in its designs for the Pavonina line, which celebrates the important role of women in modern society.
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP 1. From Glashütte Original, this new Pavonina watch ($24,600) is styled after a 1920s piece. Crafted in 18k red gold and set with 114 diamonds on the case, it features a domed, antireflective sapphire crystal and manufacturemade mocha-colored enamel dial set with 98 diamonds. East Coast Jewelry, 16810 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-947-8883
2. From Patek Philippe, this rose-gold ladies Gondolo watch ($32,900) houses a mechanical manually wound manufacturemade movement and offers a seconds subdial. The dial flange is set with 108 diamonds. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters and features an alligator strap. Tourneau, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866-4312
2. This Carl F. Bucherer Patravi EvoTec BigDate watch ($33,900) is crafted in 18k rose gold and set with 56 diamonds. It features a small seconds subdial on the shimmering mother-of-pearl dial. The watch houses a manufacture automatic movement with 55 hours of power reserve and is water-resistant to 50 meters. H & H Jewelers, 3434 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove, 305-442-9760
3. From Zenith, this Heritage Star Moonphase watch ($22,400) is crafted in rose gold and houses the proprietary Elite 692 caliber with moonphase indication. The ultrathin timepiece is set with diamonds on the cushion case. King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-4900