Can’t choose between a chic black tie watch and the best contemporary jewels for cocktail hour? In recent years a surge in super high-end horology means it’s now possible to have both thanks to the timepieces combining exquisite complications and even more exquisite emeralds, diamonds and other precious stone and metals. And with increasing numbers of women investing in fine timepieces, the range of ladies watches available has been steadily rising. A wave of glorious new watches is on the horizon so from now on, let your timepiece do the talking!
Bvlgari may be synonymous with the serpent but for 2019 it’s turned its attention to a different animal with the Diva’s Dream Peacock. And what a watch it turned out to be — its 18k rose gold case set with diamonds and alligator strap are undoubtedly gorgeous and the unique dial sets it apart from any other watch. Each one is formed from a natural peacock feather, which has been specially preserved to prevent erosion, meaning every single timepiece is unique. Bvlgari hasn’t scrimped on the technical watchmaking either with as there’s an equally sophisticated automatic winding caliber under the dial.
A true master of the high jewellery watch, Graff added a new exquisite yellow diamond watch to their collection. The timepieces is set entirely with handpicked Fancy Vivid Yellow diamonds — the rarest and most valuable of the yellow diamond family. The bracelet is flexible – a technology that Graff has perfected in the last few years. The impressive piece was created by Graff’s London atelier worked in conjunction with Graff’s Swiss watchmaking team.
A continuation of the Coromandel timepieces inspired by the screens found in Coco Chanel’s Paris apartment and a true fine jewellery piece. This unusual design sees a timepiece set within an intricately designed dial integrated into a sautoir necklace. The unique watch features an 18k beige gold case set with diamonds and hangs from an onyx and diamonds chain. Worn in reverse it displays an onyx caseback inlaid with a brilliant cut diamond.
Ever since the Maison was founded in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has created timeless pieces that pay homage to the natural beauty of diamonds. The new Garden collection is no stranger to that either. It brings together the house’s indisputable gem setting expertise and horology know-how in a series of timepieces dedicated to the mystery and beauty of Mother Nature. The Myosotis watch pays homage to the romance and tenderness of the forget-me-not in a palette of pastel hues. When laid flat the flowers are picked out in a bouquet of blue and yellow sapphires but, when wrapped around the wrist, a bed of pink sapphires is revealed highlighting the house’s mastery of intricate and complex pieces.
Boucheron’s Plume de Paon is inspired by Frédéric Boucheron’s iconic necklace of the same name and is as much fine jewellery bracelet as it is a watch. Boucheron went for the peacock theme as well as further inspiration comes from the tropical birds that roam the gardens of India’s Umaid Bhawan. Subtly paved with a marble marquetry as a tribute to famous palaces, this timepiece is swirling around the wrist as the emblematic necklace shaped as a question mark.