There is no need to sacrifice sparkle for functionality – or vice versa.
Spectacularly bejewelled timepieces offer useability and an impressive amount of carats, which saves lucky owners from having to choose between wearing a watch or a bracelet.
The Damier Cabochon watch features black onyx and diamonds arranged in a geometric fashion to mimic the pattern found on the floors of Parisian Hotel Particulier. This art deco-inspired white gold watch is studded with 391 diamonds and 26 onyx, and runs on a quartz movement, to allow for a slim size.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels excels at creating beautiful secret watches, and the Chrysanthème Secret watch is just the latest proof. The 10mm dial studded with spessartite garnets is hidden behind a panel of petals, made of diamonds and pink sapphires, that can be flipped out to reveal the time. This beautiful watch is a unique piece. .
The new high jewellery collection, titled L’Esprit du Lion, is inspired by Coco Chanel’s continued fascination with her astrology sign, Leo. A highlight is the Les Eternelles de Chanel L’Esprit du Lion Beryl Secret timepiece, which has 541 brilliant-cut diamonds. The crowning glory is the 37.41ct yellow beryl, carved into the shape of a lion’s head, which hides the time behind it.
The Ultimate Marble Marquetry by Harry Winston timepiece is a stunner. The shape of the watch is inspired by the star-shaped pattern found on the marble floor of the house’s Fifth Avenue Flagship Salon. On the bracelet, the brilliance of the 152 white diamonds is matched by the lustre of 52 pear-cut blue sapphires.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra collection receives a bejewelled facelift this year. A series of new “Jewellery” models are set to be unveiled throughout the year, starting with this one made of Sedna gold, the brand’s proprietary material. The 38mm model features a dial with a diamond-studded wave motif and 12 rubies for hour-markers. It is run by the Master Chronometer Calibre 8807.
The maison has done it again with a new diamond secret watch that has 35.78ct. The bracelet features diamonds in different cuts, ranging from emerald to marquise, seemingly set in a manic order. The design, however, was achieved using computer-aided design technology for precision. The cover can slide sideways to reveal the time.
It’s a festival of colours over at Dior. The new Grand Bal Jardins Imaginaires collection offers 10 unique pieces inspired by plush gardens. A highlight is the No. 2, which features scarab beetle elytra marquetry, gold leaf and butterfly wing details. The 36mm automatic timepiece runs on the Dior Inversé 11 1/2 calibre, with the oscillating weight placed on top of the dial for dynamic effect.