Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and when they come studded in a timepiece, consider the deal sealed. Here’s a list of the most beautiful watches released this year that could easily double up as jewellery.

Chopard L’Heure du Diamant
Chopard L'Heure du Diamant
The third Chopard L'Heure du Diamant timepiece

Chopard’s L’Heure du Diamant timepieces are as much a work of art as they are watches. The exclusive collection features three pieces, all of which have a show-stopping Australian opal as the dial. On all models the white gold bezel is studded with brilliant cut diamonds. The most precious version extends its diamond setting along the bracelet, enhanced by two larger colourless diamonds symmetrically placed on the bezel at 6 and 12 o’clock.

Bulgari Lvcea Skeleton
Bulgari Lvcea Skeleton
Bulgari Lvcea Skeleton

Bulgari’s new Lvcea Skeleton is a playful addition to the iconic Italian brand’s growing family of watches. This is not just a mechanical masterpiece that allows the wearer to admire the watch’s mechanism; it is also the first skeleton watch in Bulgari history that takes the letters of the watchmaker’s logo and makes them integral to the design. Plus, it is the only skeletonised watch on the market made expressly for women.

Chanel Mademoiselle Privé
Chanel Mademoiselle Prive Camelia with a fully paved dial
Chanel Mademoiselle Prive Camelia with a black onyx dial

The Mademoiselle Privé jewellery line showcases Gabrielle Coco Chanel’s signature motifs, and reflects the objects she loved to surround herself with. This year, the brand chose to present a Mademoiselle Privé watch fitted with a fine watchmaking movement: The Calibre 2.1 Camélia Skeleton. Its dial features a geometric representation of the Camelia flower, as well as the internal mechanics that Chanel automatic watches are equipped with. It is available in a fully diamond-pavéd dial or a partially pavéd Camelia flower and a black onyx dial.

Corum Golden Bridge Round
Corum Golden Bridge Round
Corum Golden Bridge Round

This year saw the introduction of the new bejewelled Golden Bridge models in white and pink gold – the Corum Golden Bridge Round 39mm. This version features an opulent ‘lacework’ of diamonds set within the brand’s famous linear movement. All in all, it is the perfect mix of a mechanical watch with a cocktail hour.

Van Cleef & Arpels Le Jardin collection
Van Cleef & Arpels Pivoine Secret 2
Van Cleef & Arpels Pivoine Secret
The Pivoine Secret, Chrysanthème Secret and the Dandelion Secret jewellery watches are all unique models with floral motifs bedazzled with gemstones. The Pivoine Secret has been designed in the image of the peony while Chrysanthème Secret replicates a chrysanthemum flower dappled in diamonds. Both pieces have miniature dials paved with spessartite garnets that are hidden under the petal in the centre of the watch. Dandelion Secret is shaped like a torque bracelet, and embellished with colourless and yellow diamonds. The gems on dandelion clock are set ‘en tremblent’ and ‘dance’ with every step while the flower covered in yellow diamonds hides the watch face beneath its petals.
de Grisogono Cascata
de Grisogono Cascata
de Grisogono Cascata

The Italian brand’s latest cocktail watch is embellished with 148 snow-set diamonds on the dial, and another 72 oval-cut stones on the bezel. In the centre of the clasp sits a one carat rose-cut diamond framed by a pavé setting.

Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Petite
Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Petite Akoya
Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Petite Jade

The three 18K rose gold versions of this model offer a jewellery bracelet rather than a traditional leather strap, with the links individually set with diamonds and either jade or Akoya pearls. The mother of pearl dial perfectly complements and reflects the luminous sheen of the pearls affixed to the bracelet of the watch, reminiscent of the 1950s vintage style cocktail watches.

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Nirja Dutt

Nirja Dutt has written on style and watches for some of the leading luxury and fashion publications of the country. When not reading up on watch mechanics, she spends her time visiting dreamy European towns.