This year, the organizers of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève separated the Jewellery and Artistic Crafts Watch Categories into two groups of stunning pieces which run for separate titles. In the Jewellery Watch Category, there are seven ladies’ high-end luxury watches – Chanel Camélia Brodé Dual Time WatchBulgati Jumping Hours Retrograde Minute, Boucheron Ajourée Héra, Chopard L’Heure du Diamant, De Bethune DB28T Tourbillon Jewellery, Delaneau Grace Ruby, Graff Butterfly and Louis Vuitton Les Ardentes Secret Watches. The most dazzling creation will be announced at the award-giving ceremony in Geneva. Last year, the winner of the the Jewellery and Artistic Crafts Watch title was Chopard’s Imperiale Tourbillon Full Set timepiece.
Chanel Camélia Brodé Dual Time Watch
A novelty in the Jardin de Camélias Collection, stunning Chanel Camélia Brodé Dual Time watch, presents two petit cases, hidden among hundreds of sparkling stones. Made of 18 karat white gold, its 20.5 mm and 15.14 mm cases and a bracelet are completely covered by brilliant-cut diamonds weighting 11.83 carats in total. Dials are crafted in white mother-of-pearl and feature only small 18 karat white gold hour and minute hands, four diamond indices and the brand’s name, inscribed at the top of each one.
The design of the stunning model is inspired by the Mademoiselle Chanel’s signature camellia motifs. Inside the cases, there are Swiss made quartz movements. Chanel Camélia Brodé Dual Time watch costs breathtaking CHF 322,300.
Bulgati Jumping Hours Retrograde Minute Watch
By bringing together the High Jewellery and the Haute Horology, Bulgari created a truly adorable ladies’ timepiece to be one of the favorite for the best jewellery model in 2013. Speaking about its design, I can hardly find the part which impresses me the most. Its breathtaking 40 mm case is crafted in 22 karat pink gold and completely adorned with differently cut 133 diamonds and 7 gemstones (two emeralds, two tourmalines and one sapphire, ruby and amethyst). These alluring colorful stones highlight the top of the bezel and then divert the attention to a sparkling scrolling motif that frames a jumping hours display.
Another impressive aesthetic element of the Berries Jumping hour and Retrograde Minutes watch is its white mother-of-pearl divided into 10 segments pointing towards the jumping-hour display. Along with their aesthetic role, upper six parts also serve as characteristic minute indicators for a retrograde minute indicator, each showing ten minute time intervals. The prominent, classic looking crown is beautified by a tourmaline, while an elegant black satin strap comes with a folding clasp set with 28 diamonds.
The sapphire crystal case-back reveals an in-house automatic movement, completely decorated by hand. Featuring an oscillating weight crafted in 22 karat gold, this high-end mechanism beats at the frequency of 28’800 variations per hour and ensures 45 hours of power-reserve. It provides the jumping hours complication?, as well as the retrograde minute indicator, with the hand that makes an instant 180° counter-clockwise jump every hour. The price of new Berries Jumping hour and Retrograde Minutes watch is CHF 65,000.
Boucheron Ajourée Héra Watch
This novelty from the luxurious Ajourée Collection presents rare techniques, exceptional skills and unique style which are all part of Boucheron’s great legacy. The brand’s Ajourée Collection is renowned by the latticework effect, making the skin of the wearer’s wrist visible, as the watch is transparent. It is also characteristic by a hypnotizing set of colorful diamonds which go all around a petit dial, starting with the bezel and spreading over an artistic honeycomb openwork construction.
The newest Boucheron’s masterpiece nicely follows the design code of its collection. Named after Héra, the goddess of women and marriage in Greek mythology, the watch presents a petit bluish mother-of-pearl dial as the central part of the strained peacock body that, together with a series of diamond set bridges which recalls the bird’s tail and plumage, forms a spectacular watch body. The skeletonized case is made of white gold and completely adorned with sparkling stones. The outer bezel is set with paved diamonds, while blues sapphires cover the bezel that surrounds a small 8 mm dial in the center of the creation. The peacock’s tail ends in a fan of ocelli, while the tail and the neck are marked by sapphires in different shades of blue. The watch is powered by a quartz movement and costs CHF 82,900.
Chopard L’Heure du Diamant Watch
An exceptional combination of differently-cut diamonds which beautify the entire watch, from a tiny pink gold case and an adorable bezel to a ping gold bracelet, make this model one of the most expensive pieces among the pre-selected watches. The case of the L’Heure du Diamant timepiece has the diameter of 30.6 mm and the thickness of 8.8 mm, which seems like a perfect size for a glamorous lady. With this charming model, Chopard demonstrated its high-end expertise in both watch and jewelry making.
The brand’s craftsmen spent hundreds of hours, making every single part of the watch manually. As the result, we can enjoy a refined combination of navette-cut, baguette-cut or brilliant-cut diamonds that increase the aesthetic value of its lines and proportions. Chopard L’Heure du Diamant watch is powered by a self-winding mechanism with the oscillating frequency of 28,800 variations per hour and the power-reserve of 38 hours. The price of this super-luxury watch is around CHF 392,000!
De Bethune DB28T Tourbillon Jewellery Watch
Just as we have expected of watches from the DB28 line, this stunning Tourbillon Jewellery watch represents a perfect combination of the high-end technology, artistic craft and the futuristic design. Besides, this is highly precious jewllery timepiece with a case, a bezel, lugs and a dial, adorned with diamonds and sapphires.
The brand’s signature, alluring star-studded sky crafted in blued mirror-polished titanium is the highlight of the watch. It is covered with white gold stars and surrounded with diamond-set titanium hours ring with 12 cabochon-cut sapphire hour markers. At the 6 o’clock position, there is an exquisite De Bethune 30” silicon/titanium tourbillon cage, operating at the high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour. This technological masterpiece makes one rotation every 30 seconds. It is a part of an in-house DB 2019 Calibre hand-winding movement. Built of 298 parts, including 35 jewels, this mechanism incorporates a silicon/white gold balance wheel, a silicon escape-wheel and a self-regulating twin barrel that ensures the superb power-reserve of up to 120 hours. All finishing and decorations are done by hand.
The case with the characteristic shape and long floating lugs has the mid-size diameter of 42.60 mm. It is crafted in grade 5 titanium and set with 239 baguette-cut and 535 round-cut diamonds, weighting 6.02 carats in total. The mirror-polished grade 5 titanium case-back features a linear power-reserve display. The additional touch of stylishness comes with a white leather strap with a diamond-set pin-buckle. The new De Bethune DB28T Tourbillon Jewellery Watch is available for CHF 350,000.
Delaneau Grace Ruby Watch
Known as “the jeweller of watches”, DeLaneau proved its reputation by creating this magnificent model which is more a super-luxury ladies’ jewel than a timekeeping device. Its petit white gold case with the diameter of just 25 mm is embraced by 214 cabochon-cut rubies (~222.28 carats) and 419 diamonds (~4.14 carats) which together form an astonishing bracelet whose base is made of white gold. The case itself comprises 58 diamonds (~0.23 carats), which together with 210 diamonds (~0.92 karat) of the white gold dial make this watch so valuable. The breathtaking price of CHF 630,000, surly includes the exclusivity of the model, since DeLaneau has created just one piece of the Grace Ruby watch.
Graff Butterfly Watch
Anther wonderful ladies’ timepiece, produced by the renowned jewellery maker, Graff Diamonds, presents the unity of the high-end artistry, breathtaking luxury and feminine beauty. The first diamond kick comes from an alluring bezel and lugs of a 32 mm white gold case. However, this diamond-set bezel is just a frame for the true masterpiece, exhibited at a green dial composed of intricately set gemstones. I am talking about a sculptural arrangement of pear shaped diamonds, recalling the shape of the butterfly wings.
It looks like these butterflies are flying around the center of the watch, a small time-telling dial that although appears like the independent part of the interface, still stands in the perfect harmony with other components of this dazzling creation. Adorned by delicate pavé diamonds, this dial features a petit blue hands and it is framed by yet another diamond ring. In total, 231 diamonds and 78 emeralds adorn this jewellery piece. Graff Butterfly watch is powered by a small Swiss-made quartz movement and comes with a stylish green crocodile strap. It is limited to 300 pieces and costs CHF 125,000.
Louis Vuitton Les Ardentes Secret Watch
Inspired by Louis Vuitton’s iconic Monogram flowers, this unique Secret timepiece from Les Ardentes Collection hides time below a fabulous flower-shaped white gold lid. The brand’s distinctive Flower Cut and Star Cut diamonds, each cut by hand, cover the lid, following either the sinuous contours of the rounded flower or the sharper lines of the pointed one. When removed, the lid reveals a blue mother-of-pearl dial with the flourish decoration in the center and with four diamonds indicating hours.
The 30 mm case of Louis Vuitton Les Ardentes Secret watch is made of white gold and completely covered by delicately cut diamonds. Attached to an elegant black satin strap, it houses a Swiss-made quartz movement. The price of this glamorous ladies’ model is around CHF 87,300.