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Face Time: 5 diamond-encrusted watches mum will love

Any mum would appreciate a heartfelt card and a generous bouquet of carnations, but we think there’s no better way to thank her for putting up with your dirty diapers and teenage angst than with a lavish diamond-encrusted watch.

Equal part timekeeper and stylish accessory, such watches are beautiful but also functional — more so that the usual pair of diamond earrings or necklace. Behind the clever coverlets of diamonds and other precious gems lie remarkable complications that have been honed to perfection by artisans, making these dazzling pieces of arm candy all the more covetable.

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Beyonce’s US$5 million diamond-encrusted watch is adorned with a staggering 1,282 diamonds.

If you want to really go all out, you can take a leaf out of Beyonce’s book and commission a completely diamond-encrusted Hublot Big Bang. Crafted using the expertise of 12 master cutters, five stone setters, and 1,282 diamonds, this one-of-a-kind Big Bang took 14 months to create and costs a whopping US$5 million (S$6.97 million).

Another million-dollar watch that will surely take mum’s breath away is Piaget’s Emperador Temple. As a hidden watch, it doubles up as a bracelet, should she need a (really) fancy accessory for dinner. On it rests 481 brilliant-cut diamonds, 207 baguette-cut diamonds and one emerald-cut sparkler, each lending a bit of sparkle to the overly-opulent timepiece.

Of course, not all of us can afford to splash millions on a customised timepiece, so here are 5 other diamond-encrusted watches that are equally fit for royalty — as your mum deserves.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust 28

Now in a redesigned larger 28mm case and equipped with the new-generation calibre 2236, the new version of the Lady-Datejust 28 balances femininity with functionality. Of course, the only thing that could make any Rolex better is a lot of diamonds. This version sees a brilliant white mother-of-pearl dial, Everose gold details and 46 brilliant cut diamonds that make the hour markers and bezel.


Hublot One Click King Gold White Diamonds

Hublot is no stranger to the marriage between looking utilitarian while remaining classy, and this bejewelled One Click King is testament to that. A generous total of 42 diamonds — totalling one carat — adorn this 39mm watch, which together with the satin-finished 18k King Gold case, makes for a timepiece that’s ideal for the sophisticated but tough mum.


Van Cleef & Arpels Charms Watch

Dangling seductively from the case, Van Cleef & Arpels’ now-iconic Alhambra motif sets this watch apart from the rest. Previously in 25mm models, this larger 38mm model sees three rows of diamonds set atop a pink gold crown, contrasted delicately by a cream lacquer dial. The 312 stones around the casing and charm totals 2.75 carats, and its strap is interchangeable between a black or white satin one, so mum can easily match it with different outfits.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon

Jaeger-LeCoultre captures the splendour of the night sky in the best way possible — with lots of diamonds. Entirely set with baguette-cut diamonds using the brand’s trademarked “Rock Setting”, there isn’t a single empty spot on the dial that isn’t covered by the precious gemstone. Brilliant-cut diamonds line just about everything else, from the perimeter of the dial to the bezel, lugs and even crowns. But the highlight of the watch is its dazzling blue sapphires against a night sky full of diamonds. The majestic hand-hammered moon is slowly transformed as its cycle progresses, and the complication that runs it is the impressive calibre 935, with an accuracy of 972 years to boot.


Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce Haute Joaillerie

We’ve saved perhaps the best for last. Patek Philippe has clearly one-upped the bling game with its new 38.8mm rose-gold Haute Joaillerie Aquanaut. Set with diamonds in 25 different sizes and shapes, the geometric pattern requires some of the most complex jewel setting techniques to accomplish. As if the 48 baguette diamonds on the bezel and lugs, and 160 brilliant cut diamonds on the dial weren’t enough, the hour markers are also set with six baguette diamonds and one brilliant cut diamond. The hour markers and strap clasp also also set with — you guessed it — more baguette diamonds. Its brilliance is complemented by the neutral-hued ‘Tropical’ pearly beige strap.


Shatricia Nair
Managing Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.