Every year, jewels serve as an inspiration for new watch designs. The dazzling watches are sure to grab anyone’s attention with their dazzling full-pave dials and rainbow jewels set bezels.
The allure of jewelry watches is of a different sort. When I am given one, I examine it as if it were a little work of art, analyzing its design, craftsmanship, and function in isolation. Finally, I stop since, in all honesty, this stuff isn’t meant to be analyzed. Instead, they should be viewed as a whole and respected for the way in which skilled artisans from several fields have worked together to create something beautiful. The amazing amount of ingenuity and originality being displayed by brands as they walk the boundary between timepieces and jewelry is remarkable.
Luxury, specialized watches are currently experiencing a renaissance, with both domestic and foreign firms honing their skills to provide the finest and most varied selection of exceptional timepieces ever seen. The gem-setting and watchmaking allow the master craftsman to traverse new boundaries with their creativity. Here are our top picks for high-jewelry timepieces to add bling to your Diwali ensemble.
1. Vacheron Constantin Égérie
The Égérie collection is a marriage of Haute Couture and Haute Horlogerie, two fields that share a dedication to aesthetic perfection and focus on the feminine form. Égérie’s inspirations are priceless, so take advantage of them to make every second count.
A one-of-a-kind signature piece with a non-traditional layout and unconventional proportions, both nods to the brand’s roots at Vacheron Constantin. This complication is skillfully created with curves and interlaced circles, beginning with the display, which is offset along a diagonal line between the Vacheron Constantin emblem and the crown at half-past one.
2. Breguet Reine de Naples 8938
Famous female customers of Breguet’s work have included the likes of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, the Marquise de Condorcet, and Empress Josephine of France. Caroline Murat, another of Breguet’s devoted female fans, received the first wristwatch from him in 1812. This event occurred over two centuries ago, in 1812. Its oval form was just as distinctive. The models in the Reine de Naples collection take their cues from this iconic work; they are unapologetically contemporary, sophisticated, and infused with an exquisitely poetic touch—songs of praise to femininity.
The 18-karat gold bezel and dial flange of this Reine de Naples wristwatch are encircled with 161 diamonds, totaling roughly 0.99 carats. It has a 3 bar water resistance and a self-winding movement (30m).
3. Chopard Happy Sport 30mm
Chopard’s Happy Sport line represents the company’s commitment to innovation and risk-taking. Chopard was the first Maison to merge steel and diamonds in 1993, and ever since then, people have been captivated by its lively, free-spinning stones as they dance between two sapphire crystals. Chopard is known for its experience in the watch industry, and it has used this to its advantage by equipping the Happy Sport 30 mm with an automated mechanical movement designed specifically for women’s cases. As they say, “Little diamonds make big impacts.”
4. Van Cleef & Arpels Snowflake Watch
There is no better way to keep track of time than with a Van Cleef & Arpels High Jewelry watch, which also displays your sophisticated taste and craftsmanship. These timepiece jewelry pieces are embellished with beautiful stones of the best quality, and they reveal the hours and minutes like a delicate secret.
Since its inception in 1906, Van Cleef & Arpels has been dedicated to crafting heirloom-quality pieces that celebrate the timeless elegance of diamonds. The Snowflake High Jewelry set was designed by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1986, and it was inspired by the crystalline brilliance of diamonds. Featuring a modern bracelet crafted from architectural lines, the Snowflake High Jewelry Watch is an abstract take on the Snowflake collection.
5. Piaget Altiplano Skeleton Watch 38mm
An exquisite sapphire and diamond timepiece, the limited edition 38mm Altiplano Skeleton features a 3mm gem-set skeleton mechanism. This ultra-thin skeleton watch from Piaget shows off the brand’s competence with a 3-millimeter-thick movement and a 6-millimeter-thick casing.
This timepiece, which is powered by the 1200D1 movement, is the result of a collaborative effort by master horologists and elite jewelers who wanted to push the limits of watchmaking. In addition, blue cabochons have been placed over the screw heads to hide their feet. Luxury brand Piaget promises to “always do better than necessary,” and this skeleton watch is a reflection of that commitment.
Can there be anything like too much sparkle? Well, shine bright with these high-jewelry timepieces!