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By Aldous Tuck | September 6, 2016 | Watches
The season's hottest/hautest timepieces are lighting up the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic, materials, and extravagant designs.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Hailed as Rolex’s premier jewelry watch at this year’s Baselworld watch fair, this Pearlmaster 39 ($123,750) features soft lines accentuated by 18k Everose gold. The dazzle of pavé diamonds on the dial as well as diamonds on the bezel and bracelet bring haute joaillerie to fine Swiss watchmaking. The 3235 Manufacture Rolex movement is perpetual, self-winding. This piece is also created in 18k yellow or white gold with sapphires or rubies. Ben Bridge at The Domain.
Introduced this spring at SIHH, this Clé de Cartier ($85,000) offers soft curves and minimalist lines created in 18k white gold that is emblazoned with 795 round diamonds totaling 5.05 carats. The self-winding automatic watch houses the new Cartier Manufacture Movement, caliber 1847MC. Ben Bridge at The Domain.
Patek Philippe introduced the Ref. 4968/400R Rose Gold Ladies Complications ($68,040) to great fanfare this spring. The manual-wind mechanical timepiece offers after-dark appeal with its stunning bezel and dial—set with 587 diamonds graduated in size and 12 ruby hour markers—and a beautiful moon phase subdial. The cherry-red alligator strap has a prong buckle set with 32 diamonds for a fabulous finish. Moretti’s Fine Jewelry, 14230 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, 210-493-8080
This year’s Swiss watch fairs were a virtual design renaissance in the category of women’s high-end jewelry. As the weather cools and the nights grow longer, these timepieces are illuminating the season’s most elegant evenings with fanciful forms and fabulous gemstones that incorporate elements such as enameling, mother-of-pearl, and embroidery. Think of it as a midnight rendezvous of fine art and haute horology.