Bling it on

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 May, 2010, 12:00am

Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend probably hadn't considered the effect these precious gemstones can have on men. When encrusted on a watch, diamonds often have as much impact as the intricate movements they adorn.

Vacheron Constantin has released the Patrimony Traditionnelle gold bracelet wristwatch (below left), to appeal to the kind of man who demands a functional yet exquisite timepiece. The case is set with 118 diamonds of 0.82 carats while the dial is covered with 473 diamonds, totalling 1.67 carats. The watch's high- light is its 18-carat white-gold bracelet set with 888 diamonds of 5.41 carats. It is also fitted with a triple-blade satin-finished folding clasp and is water resistant down to 30 metres. The watch costs HK$773,000 and has a 1400 SS manual-winding mechanical movement that bears a Geneva hallmark.

Graff's new MasterGraff Tourbillon (above left) is handcrafted and set with more than 35 carats of stones. The bezel is set with 24 diamonds, selected and cut to fit the facet to create the illusion that the watch is one large Graff diamond. On the face is a mosaic of trapeze and baguette diamonds that have been laid in an invisible setting. At the 12 o'clock and seven o'clock positions are the brand's signature emerald triangles while baguette-cut emeralds are dotted round the clock face. It has a black crocodile strap and white- gold buckle paved with 30 diamonds. The MasterGraff Tourbillon, which is limited to five pieces and priced at HK$12.6 million each, comes in a skeletonised case that allows the mechanism to be viewed from the back.

If you're looking for a more understated style, Van Cleef & Arpels' Midnight watch (above) is an appealing option. The 40mm white-gold case has a diamond-set rim. On the mother-of-pearl dial, the hours are marked in a Roman typeface that is paved with diamonds. Priced at HK$420,000, the watch features a mechanical movement with extra-thin design. The watch is also available with a baguette diamond-set rim and onyx dial for HK$794,000.