As buds burst and nature blossoms, watchmakers offer a riot of color in pieces that bloom on the wrist.
FROM LEFT: Classic elegance and colorful éclat define this Cartier Clé de Cartier 35mm ($29,100). The rhodiumized 18k white-gold case is set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The watch features a Manufacture self-winding, mechanical movement, caliber 1847MC. A sunray effect brings depth to the dial, which is elegantly offset by blue-steel, sword-shaped hands. The fuchsia alligator strap adds a dramatic burst of color. Tysons Galleria, 1739 International Dr., McLean, 703-749-4664
Architectural design elements and mechanical mastery meet in the Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady by Hamilton ($1,145). True to its name, this timepiece offers intriguing glimpses of the watch’s inner movement, the new H-10 decorated caliber. Rendered in stainless steel with the option of a colorful leather strap or metal bracelet, it has an 80-hour power reserve. Secrète Jewelry, 1607 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-588-7275
IWC’s Portofino Automatic Moonphase 37 ($8,500) blends stunning shade, lunar loveliness, and exceptional craftsmanship in one peerless piece. The stainless steel case houses a white mother-of-pearl dial that is accentuated by 12 diamonds and contains a mechanical, self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The green alligator strap by Santoni lets this handsome watch make a colorful leap into spring. Liljenquist & Beckstead at Tysons Galleria, 2001 International Dr., McLean, 703-448-6731
“April… hath put a spirit of youth in everything,” wrote William Shakespeare in “Sonnet 98.” Indeed, the boundless energy of nature’s rebirth has been an inspiration for artists since the beginning of time. And like the Bard, some of the world’s finest watchmakers use springtime as an occasion to express their artistic skill in pieces that celebrate color and high style on the outside and engineering excellence on the inside. Shimmering precious metals, mother-of-pearl accents, and dazzling gemstones enhance the hues of the season. These creations may measure time, but like a beautifully turned sonnet, their appeal is timeless.