Diamond timepieces have entranced women for centuries, first as pendants and chatelaines and later as wristwatches. Today, top watchmakers are taking this concept to new heights as they offer exquisite diamond watches that allow DC women to dazzle at this season’s holiday fêtes.
“During the holiday gala season, Washington women pull out all the stops and sparkle with the finest diamonds,” says Henri Barguirdjian, Graff USA president and CEO. “This has made our LadyGraff a must-have with the social and diplomatic sets who know when it is time to shine.”
Creating high-diamond watches is no easy task. It takes time to collect all the proper cuts, colors, and clarities that work together in a timepiece. In many cases, the diamond cuts used for watches are different than those used for jewelry, and the same is true of the setting. In fact, myriad diamond settings are used in watchmaking to create flowing ribbons, scintillating flowers, and shimmering diamond-paved dials. Often these watches command hundreds of hours of patience by the master gem setter to tweak the settings and perfectly place each diamond by hand. That sensational work is what makes these watches so much more personal and individualized—creating a treasured item for the woman lucky enough to wear one.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: 1. This Van Cleef & Arpels Farandole timepiece (price on request) is crafted in 18k white gold, with a diamond pavé dial and a diamond bracelet consisting of a medley of fancy-cut diamonds that include round, marquise, and pear cuts. It houses a Swiss quartz movement. Available at Van Cleef & Arpels at Neiman Marcus, Tysons Galleria, 703-761-1600.
2. From Cartier, this ultrafeminine Crash watch ($140,000) is crafted in 18k white gold and meticulously rendered with diamonds. It houses a mechanical manual-wind movement. Available by appointment only at Cartier, Chevy Chase boutique, 301-654-5858.
3. From Graff Diamonds, this LadyGraff watch ($550,000) is expertly set with 61 diamonds on the dial and 109 diamonds on the bracelet for a total of more than 43 carats. It houses a quartz movement and is created in a limited edition of 20 pieces. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria, 703-269-1388