It was an evidence that both crafts, high jewellery and watch making, mixed together to create Jewel Watches. It is the association of the technics of clock mechanism and the precision of crimping gems, which leads to the impressive and explosive pieces of the most popular Houses in the world.
I will so, present 4 different types of jewellery watches which fit particularly to this theme.
Hallucination – Fascination, Graff :
The first one is inevitably Hallucination, by Graff Diamonds. Made in 2014 and presented during Baselworld 2014, it is estimated at 55 million US dollars, the most valuable watch in the world. It is set of a kaleidoscope of gems, reaching 110 carats. Pink and light blue are the dominant colors, surrounded by yellow diamonds, which imprisoned the small blue clock hands. It is a very colorful and massive watch of high quality gems.
Obviously, I also need to mention the little sister, Fascination, shown during Baselworld 2015. All covered of white pure diamonds presenting 152 carats in total, it lets appear a white pearly dial of a drop shape, usually named pear shape.
Twist, Harry Winston:
Set of 171 diamonds and 42 rubies, Twist is a lady watch in a floral shape. Indeed, the
marquise-cut diamonds form the leaves of a flower although the baguette-cut rubies recall the lively color of a rose. The three gem curves intermixed to create a twisted bracelet, coiling up the diamond dial.
This diamond timepiece is very elegant and sophisticated, it reveals an innocent and classic style.
La D Dior Color:
Part of the D de Dior Collection which exposed 13 models, “Color” is aptly named with its rainbow dial made by very small gemstones, surrounded by a white gold ring. From yellow sapphires to amethysts, more than 12 different types of gems are used to create a wonderful gradation of lively colors.
The watch itself is quite sober, a round dial with a black satin strap, but it is nevertheless elegant and refined.
Note: This colorful dial recalls perfectly the window set in the Musee Rodin in Paris, for the Fashion Show of the Autumn-Winter 15-16 Collection. Indeed, the giant structure was made of hand-painted Perspex with multicolor splashes. This increases this joyful spirit that Dior spreads with its collections and events.
Grappoli, De Grisogono: futurist, massive, extravagant, audacious