First created within the Twenties so that ladies may inform time discreetly at social engagements, secret watches right now are revered as valuable dramatisations of time encompassing watch- and jewellery-making savoir faire.
Representing life and prosperity, ears of wheat are undoubtedly one of many maison’s most emblematic motifs. They take pleasure of place once more on this new L’Épi de Blé de Chaumet secret watch that homes an computerized motion. Carved in aid on a pivoting cowl, the wheat seems to return to life, as if gracefully dancing in a mild breeze. Brushed yellow gold leaves complement the diamond-set polished gold of the wheat ears fantastically, lending distinction and depth to the motif. Encircled by a diamond-set yellow gold bezel and visual via the openwork cowl is an aventurine dial that mimics twinkling stars within the night time sky. A black satin strap accentuated with a pavé diamond buckle provides a chic crowning glory.
The extraordinary Celestial Sky platinum secret watch is one in every of 4 creations in Magnifica, a brand new assortment of excessive jewelry timepieces by Bvlgari Watches. Accompanied by an identical necklace, this showpiece celebrates Rome because the jeweller’s beloved muse. Echoing the Everlasting Metropolis sky’s signature hues is a powerful six-carat oval-shaped vibrant blue Sri Lankan sapphire, which conceals a pavé diamond dial beneath it. Punctuating curved strains and lending daring volumes that evoke Baroque motifs are fancy-shaped sapphires, spherical diamonds and cabochon tourmalines.
A flourish of emeralds and diamonds elegantly extends across the wrist on this elaborate composition on the Graff Emerald and Diamond Secret Watch. All the timepiece is blanketed with a powerful array of oval and custom-cut stones in graduating sizes – 42.32 carats of emeralds and diamonds totalling 27.99 carats, to be precise. Unimaginable experience – collectively demonstrated by the home’s designers, grasp craftsmen, expertise division and Graff Luxurious Watches in Switzerland – was required to allow a sensational spray of stones to open and reveal a petite kite-shape diamond dial under. The ultimate consequence: a mechanism hid beneath an oval emerald was specifically created for the duty.
Impressed by Mr Winston’s choice for the subtle octogonal step lower, the Emerald Signature by Harry Winston is a secret watch that reveals a mother-of-pearl dial when the highest a part of its case is gently pivoted to the left. Set in white gold, the timepiece is constructed like a pyramid with seven octagonal tiers set with 302 brilliant-cut diamonds and topped with a stunning emerald-cut diamond. One other spotlight of the beautiful piece is its versatile design, which permits it to be worn as a brooch or pendant. Additionally out there in a Darkish Blue Sapphire and Gentle Blue Sapphire model, all three fashions are geared up with a precision Swiss quartz motion and include a white gold chain set with 12 brilliant-cut diamonds, in addition to a silk material bracelet.
An imposing 83.35-carat cabochon rutilated quartz is the sudden but commanding function on the Soreli secret watch from Cartier’s Magnitude high jewellery collection. Showcasing geometric strains and shapes harking back to the Artwork Deco period, the dynamic composition of kite-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds set in white gold gives a surprising distinction to the stone’s imposing form, hanging inclusions and intense sun-drenched radiance. Situated discreetly beneath an arrow-like motif on the bracelet slightly below the central gem is a quartz motion timepiece with a sq. dial.
To mark its centenary, Gucci upped its horological sport with its first excessive watchmaking assortment that included a brand new in-house-developed calibre and excessive jewelry timepieces. True to the Italian home’s unapologetically daring model, the latter included ostentatious designs like this Gucci Lion Head creation in yellow gold. With diamonds for its eyes and mouth, the beast’s head pivots to disclose a malachite dial framed by a textured yellow gold bezel. A leather-based strap in wealthy verdant inexperienced tops off the flamboyant quartz motion timepiece.
The La D de Dior Précieuse à Secret Rose Dior is totally adorned with 1,646 diamonds totalling 12.15 carats, from the bracelet to the swivelling floral-shaped cap. Stealing the highlight on this dazzling piece is an especially real looking diamond encrusted rose, Monsieur Dior’s favorite flower. With gently unfurling petals as if freshly picked, this secret watch with a Swiss quartz motion is as valuable as they get. Akin to being dipped in a vat stuffed with dazzling stars, the center case, dial, crown and bracelet are all subtly paved with snow-set diamonds.
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It took artisans over 1,600 hours to craft this mesmerising motif on the Galaxie Secrète Excessive Jewelry watch from the maison’s Sous les Étoiles, Heavenly Dreams assortment. Dynamic motion and perspective are recreated with the usage of colors and a design that evoke spiral galaxies. Hid on the coronary heart of this white gold jewel is a diamond-set dial that emerges from one aspect of the hypnotic spiral, the place rows of diamonds alternate with blue, pink and mauve sapphires. Beautiful colored gems twinkle like stars within the night time, because of the bracelet’s openwork construction. An oval Madagascan sapphire of 8.05 carats instructions consideration on this otherworldly treasure, with its intense blue illuminated by baguette diamonds, every specifically recut to suit its remaining place.
Highlighting the gem-setting expertise of the maison’s atelier des Métiers Rares, the Reverso One Cordonnet Jewelry pink gold watch transforms the easy wire bracelet right into a supple gold and diamond braid, and combines it with a diamond-set Duetto case. The entrance dial includes many particulars: tremendous golden Arabic numerals are utilized to a white mother-of-pearl base, whereas a geometrical cut-out revealing pavé diamonds within the centre is framed by diamond-set brackets. Not fairly the same old secret watch within the conventional sense, there nonetheless is a component of shock right here. A second dial on the reverse aspect reveals diamond-set gold sunbeams radiating from its centre to kind the hour markers on a contrasting onyx background. The intricate timepiece with 1,104 diamonds is provided with the manually wound Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 844 with a 38-hour energy reserve.
The camellia, Gabrielle Chanel’s beloved bloom, is the topic of the Isole della Laguna chapter throughout the Chanel Escale à Venise excessive jewelry assortment. Synonymous with the French maison the flower takes on a monochromatic look on the Got herélia Baroque secret watch. Set in white gold, the timepiece is graced with a bejewelled camellia that swivels apart to permit the wearer to inform the time from a diamond-set dial. That includes a 1.51-carat brilliant-cut diamond in its centre, the flower is additional enhanced with black lacquer tracing its petal edges. The articulated bracelet motif recollects the maison’s unmistakable matelassé quilt sample.
Artwork Route: Aaron Lee
This story first appeared on the October concern of Prestige Singapore.