There is no doubt that the time also dresses in its finest Regardless of the jewels used in watch making, which are the pieces classified as fine watch making due to the tech- nology, quality, complexity and precision of their mechanism and operation, there is another type of watch that can be referred to as jewel watches.
And of course, if independently of the complications of their mechanism, they are characterized by the materials used in their production, mainly with pink and white gold and with settings of precious stones that make them spectacular pieces of jewelry.
Particularly in 2006, one of the main trends observed among the world’s great watch brands was the inclusion of precious stones in timepieces, mainly ladies’ watches, although not exclusive to them.
The diamonds included in the cases and the dials of the watches certainly stand out. It is breathtaking to see the number of stones set in a piece, which can exceed 300 precious stones.
So this edition of AMURA Yachts & Lifestyle brings you a selection of watches in which diamonds predominate, which will no doubt be sought after by alL
1. ROLEX GMT-MASTER II (116758 SARU/78208)
The 18 carat yellow gold case has a rotating bezel set with diamonds, sapphires and rubies. The bracelet features the Oysterlock safety clasp. The lugs and flanges that protect the crown are also set with jewels. The dial is black.
2. ROLEX GMT-MASTER II (116758 SANR/74768 BR)
The 18-carat yellow gold case is adorned with a rotating bezel set with diamonds and ‘baguette’ cut black sapphires. The lugs and flanges that protect the crown are also set with jewels, as is the central part of the bracelet. The dial is black.
3. ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 116758 SA/ 78208
The 18-carat yellow gold case is adorned with a rotating 24-hour bezel set with diamonds and ‘baguette’ cut black sapphires. The lugs and flanges that protect the crown are also set with jewels. The dial is made of diamonds and the bracelet features the Oysterlock safety clasp.
4. PATEK PHILIPPE GONDOLO GEMM
A Presented as a reinterpretation of the “drivers watches” of the 1930s, with a curved and softly contoured case. The watch is available in both white and pink gold. The face is made from mother of pearl with sapphire glass. The bezel elongates the face and like the lugs, is set with jewels.
1. PATEK PHILIPPE GONDOLO SERAIA
Inspired by a design from the 1940s, the case is rounded with a curved profile in 18-carat white gold and highlighted with 130 diamonds. The bracelet is made from midnight blue brushed satin steel with a 14 mm 18 carat white gold clasp.
2. ULYSSE NARDIN
QUADRATO DUAL PERPETUAL TIME With a case made from either 18 carat pink or white gold with set diamonds in a very masculine design with cut hands, the heart of this mechanical jewel can be observed through the base of the sapphire crystal. The strap is made from alligator with a folding buckle.
3. ULYSSE NARDIN ROYAL BLUE
A combination of aesthetics with the art of fine watch making, this watch features platens and bridges crafted from a block of sapphire to give the impression the flying tourbillion floats freely. The interior of the platinum case is set with diamonds and blue sapphires. Limited edition to 99 pieces.
1. BREGUET REINE DE NAPLES
Reine de Naples wristwatch in 18 carat white gold. Bezel, caseband and lug set with 139 dia- monds. Silvered gold dial set with 211 dia- monds. The crown is set with a Briolette diamond and the natural satin bracelet has a folding clasp set with 26 diamonds.
2. BREGUET MONTRE REINE DE NAPLES
The Montre Reine de Naples is one of the most exquisite watches ever made by the brand, from 18 carat white gold. This piece of fine jewelry is set with 360 pink sapphires and 1,412 diamonds. The dial is 18 carat silvered white and natural white mother of pearl.
3. HUBLOT BIG BANG, “41mm" PORTO CERVO
The case of the “Big Bang” has a diameter of 41 mm in 18-carat red gold. The bezel is character- ized by its 6 titanium sunken and polished screws, set with 114 diamonds. The dial is white and the crystal is sapphire with a double antireflective face. The strap is made from white nat- ural rubber.
4. HUBLOT BIG BANG “HAUTE JOAILLERIE”
The evolution of the famous “Big Bang” chronograph faces a new challenge: to combine a powerful and dynamic design with the most precious gems. This piece has a red gold case with a total of 220 diamonds. The bezel is also crafted from red gold and has 48 diamonds.
3. CHOPARD HAPPY SPORT CARRE XL
Precious, fascinating and contemporary, this watch is ideal for sports or wearing around town. The Happy Sport exemplifies feminine audacity. The rectangular case is encrusted with dia- monds and the strap is made of pink and mus- tard-color alligator skin.
2. CHOPARD HALL l.O/BOOTH D07
This watch features a square 18 carat yellow gold case with five diamonds set into the mother of pearl dial. It has a quartz movement and the strap is made of black alligator skin.
3. LONGINES L21949733PR
With 34 diamonds set into its 18 carat pink gold case, this prestigious ladies' watch takes its inspi- ration for the 1920s. Its sapphire crystal protects the dial which features 11 Arabic numbers in black with a second hand dial at six o’clock.
4. LONGINES L184.108.40.206 PRTIF
Rectangular in shape, this 18 carat grey gold watch is set with 56 diamonds. The sides and the bottom of the case are adorned with various decorative elements. The bracelet is of white satin and the edition is limited to 20 pieces.
1. CARTIER SANTOS-DUMONT SMALL YELLOW GOLD MODEL
This piece is crafted from 18 carat yellow gold and set with round diamonds. The dial is silver grain and the strap is dark red alligator. The 18 carat yellow gold buckle is déployant.
2. CARTIER (MYSTERIOUS SAINTS WATCH)
Crafted with palladium set with round diamonds, this watch has a silvered opal dial and a black lizard strap. The movement is mechanical with manual winding, as well as a sapphire crown. The timepiece contains 19 rubies.
3. RAYMOND WEIL SHINE
With its delicate and sophisticated curves, this ultra Feminine watch is dedicated to all ladies who fill their daily lives with magic and happiness. The rectangular case is crafted from fine- ly polished solid steel with 48 diamonds and the dial contains 44 diamonds.
1. RAYMOND WEIL SHINE ARABIC NUMERALS
Charming and precious, the Shine collection is designed to give particular elegance to the feminine wrist with its curved and rectangular case with a total of 66 diamonds. The dial contains 43 diamonds. The bracelet comes in either a steel or satin finish.
2. AQUANAUTIC KINGCUDA
This timepiece features a titanium and steel case with 99 diamonds. It has a diameter of 47 mm and a sapphire crystal.
The dial has 374 diamonds. The bracelet is made from titanium and stainless steel with 1,652 dia- monds.
3. CORUM CLASSICAL GARDEN BIRD
With a precious handmade image in the dial sur- rounded by diamonds, this timepiece also has diamonds on the bezel. The technique used paint the miniature is similar to that used on canvases and takes 29 hours to complete. The edition is limited to 50 pieces.
4. CORUM GOLDEN BRIDGE
With the dial set with gems and handmade, this is an extraordinarily fine timepiece. The sapphire crystal makes the hands appear to float. The watch is crafted in platinum with 66 diamonds. The strap is made from black alligator skin.
1.H. STERN GOLDEN STONE
Inspired by the natural, sensual and rounded forms of nature, the brand announces the timepiece that lies between exclusive jewelry design and high-tech- nology Swiss watch making.
The stainless steel model features a polished or tex- tured case with jewels and is set with diamonds.
2. FREDERIQUE CONSTANT LADIES DOUBLE HEART BEAT
Seductive, elegant and unique, the dial of this time- piece has two parts and the hour hand is made of dia- monds. This jewel watch is perfectly aesthetic. Its case has 56 diamonds on the crystal is made from antireflective sapphire.
3. ROMAIN JEROME THE TOURBILLON
Made from 18 carat white gold with diamonds set into the bezel, without a doubt this model represents one of the brand’s most sophisticated creations, and is limited to 50 pieces.
4. TAG HEUER AQUARACER DIAMOND
This timepiece perfected in fine jewelry of 18 carat yellow gold in set with diamonds was launched in 1982 under the name of "Series 2000". It has enjoyed great success in this timeless design; however, the new Aquaracer includes precious diamonds that really make it shine.
1. MONTBLANC PROFILE LADY ELEGANCE DIAMONDS
Limited to 100 pieces, this watch has an 18 carat white gold case inset with 130 diamonds. The face is mother- of-pearl and the crown is set with the Montblanc Diamond (a unique diamond shape with 43 facets cut in the form of the Montblanc signet). The Crystal is made from curved sapphire with an anti reflective coating and a strap is black manta ray skin.
2. DEWITT TOURBILLON
Winner of the “2005 Grand Prix de IHorlogerie de Geneve”, this is without doubt the state of the art timepiece with its combination of titanium pink gold and leather. The case and the bezel are adorned with precious stones.
3. JUVENIA MERE DES TIGRES
This is a unique timepiece and a treasure for collec- tors. It is crafted from 18 carat yellow gold with 76 diamonds set into its case. The cover of the watch is adorned with three wild tigers.
4. SAINT HONORÉ EUPHORIA
“Terribly feminine'’, the Euphoria line is based around themes such as flowers, the sun, the sea and love. The bezel can be changed to modify the appearance of the watch in accordance with the tastes of the wearer and the watch is adorned with precious and semiprecious stones.
1. WALTHAM MINI LADY WALTHAM LW29
This piece is made for ladies who appreciate the exquisite details of their own ''charm”. The case is made from white gold with 159 diamonds, the numerals are also made from diamonds and the dial is crafted from white mother of pearl.
2. DIOR LA BABY D
This timepiece has a 23 mm diameter case and a black mother of pearl dial set with 12 diamonds. The bezel is set with 52 diamonds. The case and the bracelet are crafted from stainless steel and the bracelet comes with a triple opening clasp and the sapphire crystal is curved.
3. CONCORD SARATOGA
The octagonal case is crafted from 18 carat pink gold with 28 diamonds. The crystal is made from antireflective sapphire, while the dial is made from white mother of pearl set with 8 diamonds. The pink gold bracelet is set with 290 diamonds.
4. HARRY WINSTON OCEAN LADY BIRETRO
This is the first collectors' watch for ladies and maybe that is why it is extremely feminine in terms of the gems it contains and its high func- tionality. This is a timepiece for ladies who are sure of their tastes and ready to use a state of the art watch. The case contains 90 diamonds and the dial another 94.
Text: Ricardo Vázquez / Carlos Fonseca ± Photo: Cortesía de las Marcas