Luxury watch brands winding up for the holidays: Omega ambassador Nicole Kidman hosted a women in watchmaking party in Nashville while Cartier and Audemars Piguet launched limited-edition timepieces
It’s party season for watch collectors and enthusiasts, and two of the world’s most prominent luxury watch brands – Audemars Piguet and Cartier – are celebrating their 50th anniversary by not only releasing a collection of watches, but taking things up a notch with collectible timepieces and limited editions.
Double rainbow: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
The new Royal Oak Selfwinding is available in not one but two sets of 10 – in 37mm and 41mm – each absolutely smothered in baguette-cut gemstones of a particular hue: about 800 of them per watch. With watches in each set in red, orange, yellow, pink, green, purple and blue, the stones used to decorate them took about a year to select, and include rubies, emeralds, blue sapphires, tanzanites, yellow chrysoberyls, pink tourmalines, amethysts, blue topaz, orange spessartites and tsavorites.
Rock on: Cartier Pebble
Most watches are predictably shaped. That has never been true, though, of the Cartier Pebble. A genuine exception among the codes of luxury watchmaking, it fits a square dial with rounded corners, offset at an angle of 45 degrees, inside a round case that, as the name suggests, takes its design cues from the curves of a pebble.
This year, the collection celebrates 50 years since the watch was first unveiled as part of a blaze of innovation from the maison during the late 1960s and early 1970s – and to mark the occasion, Cartier has produced a rendition that closely follows the aesthetics of the original, with a few subtle modifications. Key updates include the 430 MC calibre that powers it – one of Cartier’s flattest hand-wound movements.
The Pebble has always been produced in very small numbers, and the new version is no exception, launched in a limited edition of just 150 individually numbered pieces.
Women in watchmaking: Omega and Nicole Kidman
She wore a 34mm Constellation Small Seconds in 18k Sedna gold for the occasion, while other celebs in attendance included Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski, singer/songwriter Julia Michaels – both also friends of Omega – as well as actor Rob Raco and models Lily Aldridge, Michael Yerger and Karen Elson.
Nashville is one of the world’s great musical cities, and the country music-themed bash took place at the city’s Marathon Music Works venue. As a celebration of women, it complemented Omega’s most recent ad campaign, which highlighted the brand’s various inspiring female ambassadors, including Kidman herself.
- Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski, singer Julia Michaels, actor Rob Raco and models Lily Aldridge, Michael Yerger and Karen Elson all attended Omega’s party at the Marathon Music Works
- The Royal Oak Selfwinding is smothered in 800 baguette-cut gems per watch, while the unusually shaped Cartier Pebble uses just a single sapphire