By Aldous Tuck | September 6, 2016 | Watches & Jewelry
The season's hottest/hautest timepieces are lighting up with the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic materials, and extravagant designs.
This year’s Swiss watch fairs were 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 fanciful forms and fabulous gemstones that incorporate elements such as enameling, mother-of-pearl, and embroidery. Think of it as a midnight rendezvous of fine art and haute horology.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: The serpent is an iconic symbol Bulgari has embraced for decades, and the glittering Serpenti Incantati (price upon request) is the brand’s most tempting interpretation to date. A bejeweled gold snake encircles the dial in a spray of diamonds, enclosing a ring of rubellites (four versions exist, in both white and pink gold). Liljenquist & Beckstead at Tysons Galleria, McLean, 703-448-6731
Debuting this spring at SIHH, this Clé de Cartier ($85,000) supplies soft curves and minimalist lines in 18k white gold emblazoned with 795 round diamonds. Totaling more than five carats, they take this piece from simple to sensational. The self-winding automatic watch also houses the new Cartier Manufacture movement, caliber 1847MC. Tiny Jewel Box, 1155 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-393-2747
Patek Philippe introduced the Ref. 4968/400R Rose Gold Ladies Complications ($68,040) to great fanfare this spring. The manual-wind mechanical timepiece offers after-dark appeal with its stunning bezel and dial—set with 587 diamonds graduated in size and 12 ruby 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. Liljenquist & Beckstead at Westfield Montgomery, Bethesda, 301-469-7575