The season's hottest-hautest timepieces are lighting up the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic materials, and extravagant designs.
This year’s Swiss watch fairs saw a virtual design renaissance in the category of women’s high-end jewelry. As the weather cools and the nights grow longer, these timepieces are illuminating the season’s most elegant evenings with fabulous gemstones and fanciful forms that incorporate elements such as enameling, mother-of-pearl, and embroidery. Think of it as a midnight rendezvous of fine art and haute horology.
Above right: Inspired by the classic cocktail favored by women of the smart set in the 1930s, Richard Mille’s Pink Lady Sapphire ($990,000) offers elegance and éclat. The bezel, caseband, and caseback are made from a solid piece of pink sapphire, which requires more than 40 days to cut and finish. The result combines dazzling form with incredible scratch-resistant function. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., 305-866-6656
Top left: The Grande Seconde Sunstone by Jaquet Droz ($23,400) delivers ethereal beauty that brightens any occasion. Sunstone, employed in the dial, adds a shimmering complement to the refined mother-of-pearl subdial, while the 18k red-gold case encloses a self-winding movement with 68 hours of power reserve. This is a limited edition of 88 pieces. Tourbillon Boutique, Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th St., 305-576-4571
Bottom: Patek Philippe introduced the Ref. 4968/400R Rose Gold Ladies’ Complications watch ($68,040) to great fanfare last spring. This manual-winding mechanical timepiece offers after-dark appeal with its stunning bezel, a dial set with 587 diamonds plus 12 rubies as hour markers, and a beautiful moon-phase subdial. The cherry-red alligator strap features a prong buckle set with 32 diamonds for a fabulous finish. Kirk Jewelers, 142 E. Flagler St., Miami, 305-371-1321