What’s makes a watch truly beautiful? An innovative concept? A beautiful design? Or simply an abundance of dazzling diamonds? We argue that it should be all three. Baselworld 2015 introduced us all to some dazzling offerings that had us picking our jaws off the ground, thanks to their high octane glamor and diamond drenched designs. The Jewellery Editor team compiled a list of their favorite diamond watches and we just had to share it with you.
Breguet B Crazy
Though this isn’t a secret watch, its oval dial is easily lost among the rows and rows of diamonds that surround it. Featuring over 1,000 baguette cut diamonds, amounting to some 70 carats, this watch is not for the shy wallflower. The petal-like rays that hold the diamonds are mobile, so the icy stones catch the light with every flick of the wearer’s wrist. To be honest, if this show of opulence was perched on our wrist, we would forget to check the time every time we looked at it!
Chanel Comète Secret
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s 1932 diamond jewelry collection was her first and only foray into the world of high jewelry, but it left a mark on the brand forever. One of her favorite motifs – the comet – that featured prominently in that decades old collection makes a re-appearance in Chanel’s latest diamond watch Comète Secret. “I wanted to shower women in constellations,” said the designer in 1932, and that’s exactly what this cosmic creation does. Sparkling will all the force of 2,319 diamonds and blue sapphires, this watch will remind you of the night sky and all the brilliance of unexplored galaxies. A large comet, with a 1 carat diamond at its heart obscures the sapphire paved dial. You can simply slide the comet to the side to check the time.
Graff Diamonds the Fascination
152.96 carats of diamond glory comprise this remarkable bracelet watch. Its name is more than fitting considering that at its center is a 38.13 carat D Flawless pear-shaped diamond cut and polished by Graff themselves. The watch has the unique distinction of being a “transformable” one; the central diamond can be slipped out and worn in a ring. Laurence Graff, founder and chairman of Graff Diamonds played a significant role in the design of this memorable watch.
Art Deco by Harry Winston Timepiece
Though tame in appearance in comparison to other watches on this list, this Harry Winston Marvel is a stunner in its own right. Inspired by design excellence and drama of the Prohibition Era. A platinum bracelet set with 246 large brilliant-cut and seven baguette-cut diamonds is perfectly contrasted with the sweet and simple mother-of-pearl dial. The diamond encrusted linked bracelet is delicate in appearance with a strong Art Deco flavor thanks to the geometric case and dial.
Jacob & Co. Billionaire watch
Though it boasts a beautifully crafted skeletonized dial, created with tremendous attention to detail, the dial is the last thing that anyone would be looking at with this watch. 260 carats of emerald-cut diamonds adorn this unapologetically decadent watch created by Jacob and Co. in collaboration with Italian entrepreneur Flavio Briatore. Each stone set in the 18 carat white gold watch is GIA-certified and some weighing up to 3 carats each! There’s probably a lot to be said about the complex, skeletonized caliber, but we’re too distracted by the sheer opulence of this watch.
[Via – The Jewellery Editor]