These jaw-dropping jeweled diamond watches will make you forget about time.
It’s watch season, that time of year when the major brands unveil their new models in Geneva. And one thing’s for sure: they didn’t disappoint. The spectacular standouts combine old-world artistry with exceptional diamonds, jewels and, of course, style. It’s not just about beautifully designed diamond watches, some also pack serious horological achievements.
So whether your holy grail is a seductive jeweled Bulgari Serpenti with one of the world’s smallest mechanical movements, or Cartier’s striking new Crash model, these imaginative expressions show there are no limits to what you can express on the wrist.
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The Hermès Kelly
It’s hard to believe that Hermès could improve upon the impossibly chic Kelly watch, but it just did. The versatile new gold padlock-shaped timepiece can be worn on a gold bracelet or slipped on a black leather or alligator clochette and hung on a leather cord necklace. First created in 1975, the iconic watch, inspired by the 1930s handbag, comes in steel or rose gold ,with or without diamonds. Our favorite is naturally covered in diamonds.
Cartier Crash Tigrèe Mètamorphoses
Created in 1967, Cartier’s signature Crash timepiece revolutionized the aesthetic codes of watchmaking with its striking asymmetrical case. This year, the house created an equally arresting new version, this time with abstract diamond and blue and green enamel stripes designed to evoke the animal world. A triumph in artistry, Cartier’s master craftsmen will produce just 50 numbered pieces.
Chanel J12 Gabrielle Caliber 3.1
For all those Coco Chanel lovers, we have the diamond watch for you. The new J12 pays homage to the iconic designer with a painting of her silhouette emblazoned on the dial framed in black ceramic, and a white gold bezel that is set with 46 baguette cut diamonds. Like the designer, the watch packs power, housing Chanel’s Caliber 3.1 in-house manual winding movement with a power reserve of 55 hours. It’s being issued in a limited edition of just 55.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31
It’s easy to see why everyone loves Rolex. Over its history, Rolex designed some of the best all-time watch models—and it continues to refresh them in new ways. A perfect example is its signature Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31. Created in 1945, it was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window at three o’clock on the dial and remains a bestseller year after year. The newest variation has a feminine twist with 24 azure blue flowers on the dial, each with a diamond center.
Gucci G-Timeless Dancing Bees
On the 50th anniversary of its watches, Gucci celebrates with a series of head-turning limited-edition models that flaunts its original style and technical prowess. Its playful spirit appears in the Dancing Bee, which features 12 diamond bees that dance around an opal dial with the movement of the wrist. But it’s not just a pretty face: It houses a serious tourbillon, too.
Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi High Jewelry
For many collectors, Bulgari’s diamond Serpenti is the ultimate watch. It’s equal parts seductive jewel and secret watch, all rolled into one fabulous signature design. But now it’s even more enticing than ever: The newest rose-gold coiled Serpenti is covered with brilliant cut diamonds and turquoise inserts, plus has two rubellites for the eyes. When you press the snake’s tongue, the head opens to reveal a diamond-covered watch dial. And it houses the new Piccolissimo movement, one of the world’s smallest mechanical movements ever made.
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Van Cleef Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée
Van Cleef & Arpels brings the grace and beauty of a ballerina to life on a rhythmical timepiece. First introduced in 2013, the innovative movement earned the house the Lady’s Complication prize at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève the same year. The new Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée features the dancer’s silhouette with a fluid, colorful tutu that flounces with the movement of time. The white gold and diamond watch houses an advanced automatic mechanical movement with a retrograde and time-on-demand module. It’s poetry in motion.
Piaget Limelight Gala High Jewelry
There’s nothing like high jewelry that happens to tell the time. Piaget’s Limelight Gala High Jewelry’s diamond watch features over 500 mixed cut diamonds individually set at varying angles to reflect the light in elegant style. The paved diamond dial is at the center of the fluid arrangement of diamonds, and artfully assembled with hardly a trace of visible metal.
Chopard Happy Sport Métiers d’Art Turtle
Chopard has been expressing it’s love of the animal world in animated jewelry for years, and now it brings that same playful artistry to diamond watches with the new Happy Sport Métiers d’Art Turtle. It features a diamond sea turtle floating around a marine-themed dial alongside three pear-shaped dancing diamonds. Equipped with Chopard Calibre 96.23-L, which boasts a 65-hour power reserve, this one is for serious watch collectors—who also love animals.