Now that it’s colder outside, with snow just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a little “ice” on your wrist.
Many watch companies simply set diamonds onto watches to add a bit of sparkle, but the watches featured here do things differently—whether it’s an incredible setting, a stunning design, a miniature painting, a unique complication or a secret sliding door.
Audemars Piguet Diamond Punk Onyx: The winner of the Best Jewelry Watch at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie, the watchmaking Oscars, the Diamond Punk is a beautiful diamond and black onyx bracelet hiding a secret watch. Snow-setting the 5,326 diamonds, along with the assembly of the watch, takes the artisans and watchmakers at Audemars Piguet more than 1,440 hours to accomplish. $590,000, audemarspiguet.com
Bovet Amadeo Fleurier 39 Poppies: Highlighting the artistry of Russian jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov, who is a master of Grand Feu (high fire) enamel, the Poppies is a one-of-a-kind piece. Featuring an enamel miniature painting on an 18-karat gold base plate, this 39mm white gold timepiece has diamonds hand-set on the bow, bezel, lug, strap-bolt and crown. $142,600, bovet.com
Graff Butterfly: With each diamond selected and hand set by Graff’s master jewelers, the Graff Butterfly is truly a work of art. Each butterfly comprises four pear-shaped diamonds for the wings, with offset round diamonds. All Graff watches are inspired by the diamond and this Butterfly is completely covered with jewels. $125,000 and up (featured Butterfly price upon request), graffdiamonds.com
Piaget Couture PreciÉuse: Piaget has a long tradition in high jewelry and the Couture Preciéuse is another great example. This supremely elegant watch comes in 18-karat white gold set with 59 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 6 carats) and 58 baguette-cut diamonds (approx. 10 carats) and with a silver dial. Price upon request, piaget.com
Jacob & Co. Astronomia Gravitational Tourbillon Baguette Diamonds: This incredible watch features a tourbillon, time display, hand-painted globe and round diamond on four satellites, all spinning individually and together against a baguette diamond backdrop. $1,000,000, jacobandco.com
Franck Muller Color Dreams: With a different hue of gemstone for every hour, the Color Dreams takes color to the next level. This automatic timepiece has sparkling diamonds adorning its 42mm pink gold case. $50,800, franckmuller.com
Fabergé Lady Compliquée Winter: With no hands, this 38mm platinum cased watch uses a retrograde fan and moving hour markers to display the time. The white mother-of-pearl marquetry dial is slowly covered by the blades of the fan, 15 minutes for each, then the blades jump back to the next hour. $67,500, faberge.com
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