Paris, France—Reported by Jessica Michault for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Colorful, even rambunctious, precious gems are spicing up the watchmaking world with lively color palettes and designs that, when donned, can turn any wrist into a unique personal statement. Here are five more of our favorites.
6 The namesake of an entire collection, Van Cleef & Arpels’s Atlantide features undulating waves of white diamonds and blue sapphires set in 18K white gold that wash up against the watch case. This wave motif echoes on the white lacquer dial as well, where curlicues of diamonds and sapphires sparkle (price available upon request). www.vancleefarpels.com
7 Revisiting a style it launched in the 1960s, Piaget introduces the new Altiplano Hard Stone Dials collection with exotic dials crafted from thin slices of stone and precious gems. The 34mm and 38mm versions are mechanical, while the 24mm model is powered by quartz. This 34mm ruby rendition in pink gold with diamonds is particularly striking ($29,500). www.piaget.com
8 Temptations is an apt name for this high jewelry watch from Chopard—very tempting indeed. The watch features 112 diamonds on the dial beneath a disk of transparent amethyst and is held to the wrist with colorful strands of gems (tourmalines, tsavorites and an amethyst) that bring to mind a blooming garden (price available upon request). www.chopard.com
9 Boucheron’s Ajourée Chameleon watch combines the house’s devotion to colored gems with one of its most beloved mascots. The three-dimensional chameleon wraps around the white gold watch case, clasping in its tail the diamond-edged dial. This quartz movement watch dazzles with tsavorites, sapphires and almost ten different colors of stone, including one ruby—the chameleon’s gaze ($65,000). www.boucheron.com
10 The tangy charm of Hublot’s Big Bang Tutti Frutti Tourbillon Orange Pavé timepiece cannot be denied. It’s a sporty watch with a sunny disposition and is sure to brighten up any winter day. Set with 48 baguette-cut orange sapphires, the 41mm watch is limited to only 18 pieces, comes with a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock and has a 120-hour power reserve ($149,000). www.hublot.com