The most exclusive brands are presenting luxury watches that are more than just a piece of beauty. It allies high-end jewelry with top watchmaking using the finest materials and creating something luxurious and unique.
Van Cleef & Arpels’ Lady Arpels Planétarium
This is one of those timepieces that’s heaven on your wrist. Literally.. Van Cleef & Arpels’ Lady Arpels Planétarium complication illustrates the Sun (in pink gold) and its closest planets: Mercury (pink mother-of-pearl), Venus (green enamel), and Earth (turquoise) as well as its natural satellite, the Moon (diamond). Each celestial body orbits around the center for the number of days it takes them to orbit in space. The planets are attached to their own rings, which move according to each of their calibrated times. The seven rings are made of aventurine—a popular material in luxury watches this year—a form of iridescent quartz that mimics the night sky. It will be available on either a sparkling blue alligator strap or on a diamond bracelet. It will fit perfectly on your luxury lifestyle!
Bulgari Diva Finissima Minute Repeater
In watchmaking, the minute repeater is the grande dame of highly complicated timepieces, and this one happens to house the thinnest movement of its kind in the world. The Bulgari Finissimo movement used in this watch is the same movement in Bulgari’s men’s Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater. In the Diva Finissima, the chime of the minute repeater is activated by an 18-karat pink-gold and diamond petal that slides to strike the mechanism, which chimes the hours, quarters, and minutes and makes it one of the most amazing watches for women.
Cartier Révélation d’une Panthère
Here is the watch that launched a thousand Instagrams at SIHH. Luxury brand Cartier took its iconic Panthère and gave it the hourglass treatment—a mere flick of the wrist sends over 900 tiny gold beads scattering across the surface of the dial until they fall into place to form the outline of the face of a panther. It’s the ultimate party trick, but it’s also a true beauty both in appearance and in craft allied with high-end jewelry. The 37 mm watch is housed in an 18-karat pink-gold case encircled by brilliant-cut diamonds. The watch will be available in black as well as limited red and green versions available in 100 numbered pieces each.
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon
This is the first Royal Oak Concept model for women since the birth of the collection in 2002 and the first flying tourbillon creation for the brand. This is an important high-end watch for female collectors of Audemars Piguet, and it will be available in two versions—brilliant-cut diamonds or baguette-cut diamonds set in 18-karat white gold.
Richard Mille RM 07-01 Gem-Set Black Ceramic
This sleek, new watch from one of the most exclusive brands ever, Richard Mille, features pavé diamonds set in NTPT carbon. This new technique, which has never been done before, involves the work of special machines and tools in order to set the diamonds in such a hard material. The 2.55 mm diamonds are set in red-gold prongs, which are then placed into tiny holes that have been drilled into the case. Those diamonds accent the brand’s signature tonneau-shaped case, which measures 45.66 by 31.4 mm and features a skeletonized dial. A decorative frame of pavé diamonds set in red gold rests on top of the skeleton and encases an onyx center. It is one timepiece you must show off and not keep on your luxury safes for sure!
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