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  |  19 may 2014

Maria Doulton: I have seen more watches for women then ever at Baselworld, but here is my selection of those that I would happily take home with me.

Patek Philippe presented a new Moon Phase for women and this watch, I think, has it all. It has the impeccable mechanics of this Swiss watch house, as well as being just beautiful.

Vuitton's new Emprise watch was born at the same time as a jewellery collection of the same name. I think you can see in this watch that it is made as an object to be worn as much as a watch.

The Dior VIII Grand Bal has 1.5 metres of silk thread on its rotor. Now, this silk thread was carefully woven through by a lace maker. What is incredible is that not only does it look beautiful; it's also a functioning part of the watch.

Details are everything at Hermès and this year the Cape Cod comes in silver instead of stainless steel. This might not sound very exciting, but in fact, it is quite an interesting change because it brings together the approach to jewellery using a noble metal such as silver, instead of stainless steel. This has been possible thanks to new alloy that is less likely to oxidise.

As its name suggests, the de GRISOGONO Allegra is a watch that will make you smile. It is just bursting with colour and is what de GRISOGONO does best. It brings together really high-quality jewellery-making skills with a whole lot of fun.

The Omega De Ville Prestige has a really pretty mother-of-pearl dial, which is acid etched with a pattern of butterflies.

I just had to include this Jaquet Droz watch because it has an automaton on the dial and it's also a minute repeater. On the hour, these little birds start chirping and bring the whole watch dial to life. 

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