Shine time: The best fine jewellery watches
by Zoe Dickens
Can’t choose between a chic black tie watch and the best contemporary jewels for cocktail hour? In recent years a surge in super high-end horology means it's now possible to have both thanks to the timepieces combining exquisite complications and even more exquisite emeralds, diamonds and other precious stone and metals. This festive season let your timepiece do the talking with our edit of the most incredible fine jewellery watches on the market.
Despite being unveiled at Baselworld a full three years ago there are still few fine jewellery watches that can rival the Graff Hallucination. Thought to be the most valuable watch in the world, the Hallucination features over 110 carats of rare coloured diamonds and represents thousands of hours of skilled craftsmanship.
Case: Round, platinum and diamond
Stones: 110 carats of fancy vivid yellow, fancy intense pink, fancy intense blue, fancy light pink, fancy light grey blue, fancy green and fancy orange diamonds
Price: Estimated $55 million
Chanel J12 High Jewellery
Launched in 2000, Chanel's J12 watch, with its dial inspired by the Place Vendôme and No.5 perfume cabochon stopper, has been one of the house's most popular timepiece ever since. If you're a fan of the design but want something a little more unique it is now available in three fine jewellery versions including this white gold design set with white baguette-cut diamonds and cognac sapphires which is limited to 12 pieces.
Case: Round, white gold, diamond and sapphire
Stones: 426 diamonds, 338 cognac sapphires
Boucheron Plume de Paon
As much as fine jewellery bracelet as it is a watch, Boucheron's Plume de Paon is inspired by Frédéric Boucheron's iconic necklace of the same name which was designed to wrap around the neck like a question mark. Further inspiration comes from the tropical peacocks that roam the gardens of India's Umaid Bhawan while marble marquetry plays tribute to the world's famous palaces.
Case: Unique, white gold, marble and diamond
Stones: White diamonds
Bulgari Cerchi Astrale
For those who like to add a little colour with their accessories Bulgari’s Cerchi Astrale is the ideal watch/jewel combination. A little more subtle than many fine jewellery watches, diamonds and precious coloured gemstone are restricted to the feminine 36mm yellow gold case while the timepiece is finished with a simple black satin strap to contrast with the vivid hues of the stones. Incredibly it's also water resistant to 50 metres.
Case: 36mm round, 18 carat yellow gold
Stones: Diamonds, fancy-cut coloured gemstones
George Pragnell 1930s diamond cocktail watch
Modern fine jewellery watches may have all the glitz and glamour but nothing speaks of good taste quite like a timeless vintage design. With its tiny rectangular face and platinum and diamond bracelet, this 1930s design of French origin can be passed on for generations.
Case: Rectangular, platinum
Stones: 115 diamonds