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November 24, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

Watch Trends Part 1: Rainbow Bright

By Chris Boyle

Christian Dior VIII Grand Bal Pièce UniqueLouis Vuitton Tambour LV 277 / Chanel SoleilChaumet Bee My Love / Breguet Reine de NaplesParis, France—Reported by Jessica Michault for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

With winter winds beginning to blow, warm up your watch collection with colorful dazzle of precious gems.

1 Christian Dior’s one-of-a-kind Dior VIII Grand Bal Pièce Unique shows off the brand’s deep understanding of color. The jade dial is set with pink and purple sapphires, rubies and amethysts, and the overlying rotor, crafted from white gold and mother-of-pearl, sports pink sapphires that echo those on the bezel. So much color against a black ceramic bracelet looks both chic and modern (price available upon request).

2 The unique Tambour LV 277 automatic chronograph, made in part to celebrate Louis Vuitton’s first flagship store for haute jewelry and watches in Paris, shows how far the brand has come in the ten years since it launched the Tambour line. Surrounding a pavé diamond dial with a ring of emeralds is not only eye-catching but also sets off the yellow seconds hands beautifully (price available upon request).

3 The Soleil secret watch from Chanel shows how even just a drop of color can transform a timepiece. The quartz movement watch is hidden, giving pride of place to the precious stones. But even though the 18K white gold timepiece is set with 918 brilliant-cut white diamonds, it is the nine round-cut yellow diamonds that really make it pop (about $309,552.

4 Chaumet’s Bee My Love watch weaves sapphires and spinels into a sweet, sparkling honeycomb. The dainty 18K pink gold timepiece is just 19.5 mm, comes with a black satin strap and features a quartz movement beneath a pink mother-of-pearl dial. The honeycomb motif continues with a hexagonal link to the watch strap (price available upon request).

5 The unmistakable egg shape of Breguet’s Reine de Naples collection gains some colorful ornamentation in this charming iteration. The white gold watch touts 67 white diamonds and a blue-hued mother-of-pearl dial, but it is the whimsical embellishment of colored gemstones, such as amethyst, tourmaline and topaz, that makes this timepiece so endearing ($118,300).

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