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A praise of femininityThe new Madrigal Lady Oval II by Balmain Watches

This is the little black dress (LBD) of the Balmain watch wardrobe. A slender oval case reaches out to a metal bracelet in a contemporary design. Swiss made precision is tailored to perfection in timepieces that commute confidently between working hours and after-work dates.

This versatile family incorporates a selection of quality materials in various combinations. There are classical notes, with monochrome metal finishes, and jazzier variations with sparkling diamonds and glimmering mother of pearl. True to its LBD inspiration, the Madrigal Lady II knows that sleek shaping and scrupulous styling open doors to scores of opportunities and occasions.

Affording modern women the luxury of looking and feeling the part at all times, these new watches from Balmain span an elegant bridge between jewellery and meticulous timekeeping. The family flagship is an eye-catching bi-colour model with 12 Wesselton diamonds forming two arcs before 12 o’clock and after six. A symbol of its ability to manage multitaskers’ agendas before and after dark? The classical Balmain arabesques decoration forms a perfect oval at the dial’s centre. A subtle movement of the wrist initiates a spontaneous visual dance as light flirts with the decoration and diamonds.

There are 14 variations on this Madrigal Lady Oval II theme. Pink-, yellow and silver-coloured metal finishes create a variety of looks, all proudly bearing the iconic Balmain signature of the botanically inspired pattern. Four pieces have diamonds and seven dials add subtle sparkle with a mother of pearl finish. Time is always of the essence and in the hands of an ETA 976.001 quartz movement.