By Aldous Tuck | August 26, 2016 | Watches & Jewelry
The season's hottest/hautest timepieces are lighting up the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic materials, and extravagant designs.
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.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: Jaquet Droz offers ethereal beauty with its Grande Seconde Sunstone watch ($23,400), which features a dial of sunstone, a rare colored gem that, thanks to its makeup, exhibits a sparkling, spangled appearance—a shimmering complement to the elegant mother of pearl subdial. The 18k red-gold case houses a self-winding movement that has a power reserve of 68 hours. Limited to 88 pieces. Royal Jewelers, 58 Main St., Andover, 978-475-3330
Introduced this spring at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, Cartier’s glittering Clé de Cartier ($85,000) watch offers soft curves and minimalist lines crafted in 18k white gold. Taking this piece from simple to sensational are 795 round-cut diamonds totaling 5.05 carats. Under its hood, the self-winding automatic watch sports the house’s new and extra-durable Cartier Manufacture 1847 MC caliber movement. Sidney Thomas Jewelers, 800 Boylston St., 617-262-0935
Patek Philippe introduced its Ref. 4968/400R Rose Gold Ladies Complications ($68,040) to great fanfare this year. The manual-wind mechanical timepiece offers after-dark appeal from the stunning bezel and dial set with 587 graduated-size diamonds, 12 rubies (placed as hour markers), and a beautiful moon phase subdial. The cherry red strap offers a fabulous finish, featuring 32 more diamonds adorning the prong buckle. Lux, Bond & Green, 416 Boylston St., 617-266-4747
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF JAQUET DROZ, CARTIER, AND PATEK PHILIPPE