Star-Studded Wrist Candy
by roberta naas
This season, diamonds adorn the wrist with shimmering effects that are reminiscent of Miami’s bright lights and night sky over the ocean. Creating such sublime diamond timepieces is not a simple task. Cutting diamonds for watch settings requires a different approach than cutting for jewelry, and often there is more loss in the cutting. Additionally, there are a host of settings that can be used to create the magnificent patterns and rhythms on watch dials—many of which are very time-consuming to make. What’s more, the fact that one gem setter spends hours setting the diamonds precisely by hand makes these brilliant beauties even more entrancing.
From Chanel, this Mademoiselle Prive Symbol watch ($33,800) is crafted in 18k white gold. The case is set with 60 diamonds, while the black dial is set with 19 diamonds in a starry configuration. It is accented with a satin strap with 80 diamonds on the buckle. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-2404
Montblanc’s Star Pluie d’Etoiles watch ($49,370) shines in 18k white gold. The case is set with 80 baguette-cut diamonds; the total weight of diamonds meticulously set on the dial, case, and lugs is approximately 4.79 carats. Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-931-1898
From Roger Dubuis, this Excalibur 36 watch ($71,300) houses a mechanical movement, RD821, consisting of 172 individual components and entirely developed, handmade, and assembled at the brand’s Geneva ateliers. The watch features 628 magnificent brilliant-cut diamonds arranged on the dial, case, and lugs resulting in approximately 4.79 carats. King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-4900
A regal beauty, this Chopard Xtravaganza watch ($92,740) crafted in 18k white gold is set with 189 diamonds weighing seven carats. It is water-resistant to 30 meters. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-868-8626
photography by antfarm
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