As buds burst and nature blossoms, watchmakers offer a riot of color in pieces that bloom on the wrist.
“April… hath put a spirit of youth in everything,” wrote William Shakespeare in “Sonnet 98.” Indeed, the boundless energy of nature’s rebirth has been an inspiration for artists since the beginning of time. And like the Bard, some of the world’s finest watchmakers use springtime as an occasion to express their artistic skill in pieces that celebrate color and high style on the outside and engineering excellence on the inside. Shimmering precious metals, mother-of-pearl accents, and dazzling gemstones enhance the hues of the season. These creations may measure time, but like a beautifully turned sonnet, their appeal is timeless.
FROM LEFT Classic elegance and colorful éclat define this 35mm Cartier Clé de Cartier watch ($29,100), with a rhodiumized 18k white gold case set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The watch features Cartier’s self-winding in-house movement, caliber 1847 MC. A flainqué sunray effect brings depth to the dial that is elegantly offset by blue-steel sword shaped hands. The fuchsia pink alligator strap adds a dramatic burst of color. Available at Ben Bridge at The Domain, 512-491-8014
Architectural design elements and mechanical mastery meet in the Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady by Hamilton ($1,145). True to its name, this timepiece offers intriguing glimpses of the watch’s inner movement, the new H-10 decorated caliber. Rendered in stainless steel with the option of a colorful leather strap or metal bracelet, it has an 80-hour power reserve. Available at Russell Korman, 5011 Burnet Rd., 512-451-9292
IWC Schaffhausen’s Portofino Automatic Moonphase 37 ($8,500) blends stunning shade, lunar loveliness, and exceptional craftsmanship in one peerless piece. The stainless steel case houses a white mother-of-pearl dial that is accentuated by 12 diamonds and contains a mechanical, self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The green alligator strap by Santoni lets this handsome watch make a colorful leap into spring. Available at L. Majors Jewelry, 2727 Exposition Blvd., 512-473-0078