May 24, 2017
By Aldous Tuck | March 24, 2017 | Watches & Jewelry
As buds burst and nature blossoms, watchmakers offer a riot of color in pieces that bloom on the wrist.
Haute horology dazzles with colorful interest in the elegant Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust ($17,500). The 18k yellow-gold case features a bezel set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds and a shimmering Jubilee bracelet. It has a caliber 2236 self-winding, mechanical movement that is manufactured entirely by Rolex, and offers a 55-hour power reserve. Kirk Jewelers, 142 E. Flagler St., Miami, 305-371-1321
Richard Mille offers a pop of pink this season with this special RM 07-01 ($110,000), featuring an automatic caliber CRMA2 movement that is exclusive to this timepiece. The classic tonneau-shaped case is crafted from pink ceramic and red gold and houses a skeletonized dial, while the inner dial glitters with pavé diamonds and luminescent red-gold hour and minute hands with drop-shaped hour batons. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866-6656
This Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph by Audemars Piguet ($27,900) is available in four sunny shades, making it a vibrant companion on land and sea. But when it comes to engineering, this playful watch is all business. The self-winding chronograph offers a stainless-steel case that contains a colorful dial sporting a Mega Tapisserie pattern, blackened-gold applied hour markers, and luminescent Royal Oak hands. It is a boutique exclusive in a limited edition of 375 pieces. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-864-6776
"April… hath put a spirit of youth in everything," wrote William Shakespeare in Sonnet 98. Indeed, the boundless energy of nature’s rebirth has been an inspiration for artists since the beginning of time. And like the Bard, some of the world’s finest watchmakers use spring as an occasion to express their artistic skill in pieces that celebrate color and high style on the outside, and engineering excellence on the inside. Shimmering precious metals, mother-of-pearl accents, and dazzling gemstones enhance the hues of the season. These creations may measure time, but like a beautifully turned sonnet, their appeal is timeless.