Precious gemstones give these otherwise serious watches a lively sparkle.
Resembling the reflective light strips on clothing that glow in the dark under UV light, the Roger Dubuis Blacklight is distinguished by “micro-structures” that are made of lab-grown sapphires. And in broad daylight, you can count on the diamonds on the bezel and the frame of the micro-rotor at 11 o’clock to do the dazzling. This 42mm self-winding edition in black DLC titanium is one of three variants forming the brand’s Blacklight trilogy.
Flash in a barrel
In theory, the RM 67-01 – one of the slimmest tonneau (French for barrel) watches in the Richard Mille catalogue – is supposed to be one of the brand’s more low-key timepieces. But frankly, who wears an RM for the sake of being low-key? So, we’re all for this red gold edition of the timepiece because it comes fully set with diamonds. Housed in a case measuring 47.52mm by 38.7mm, its automatic movement is just 3.6mm thick, and features titanium key components and a platinum rotor.
Like a pitch-dark night sky dotted with brilliant stars, the Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5297G-001 contrasts an ebony-black opaline dial with plenty of ice: This 38mm automatic timepiece, powered by the 324 S C movement, is highlighted by diamond hour markers and a bezel set with no fewer than 68 diamonds.
Up for anything
We’re not saying that you should plunge into the nearest water body with this dive watch by Omega, but we’re not saying you shouldn’t, either. The 43.5mm Planet Ocean Co-Axial Master Chronometer has a depth rating of 600m – more than enough for your average diver. In a literally brilliant twist on the dive-watch bezel, this white gold automatic timepiece boasts a bezel set with baguette diamonds, gradient blue sapphires on the fi rst 15 minutes and an orange sapphire at 12 o’clock.
Season to shine
Like the other members of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Master collection, the Master Ultra Thin Small Seconds has an elegant, understated appearance. But if you feel like turning up the volume just a bit, a ring of 60 diamonds is just the thing with which to jazz up its eggshell-beige dial. By the way, in case you were wondering, this 39mm automatic timepiece, like the rest of the watches you see on these pages, can be worn by either gender.
In recent years, Jaquet Droz has given some of its Grande Seconde watches a literal twist – instead of the two subdials (showing the hours and minutes, and the seconds, respectively) forming an upright figure eight, they are diagonally oriented. Powered by an automatic movement, the 39mm red-gold edition of the Grande Seconde Off-Centred Meteorite is made even more striking with a grey meteorite dial and a total of 280 diamonds on its bezel and lugs.
With its randomly placed hour numerals, Franck Muller’s Crazy Hours feature is still one of our favourites, even though it was created more than 15 years ago. Now, the brand introduces the mechanism to its sporty and relatively young Vanguard family of tonneau-shaped timepieces. Fully set with brilliant-cut diamonds, this sparkling model sits at the apex of the recently launched Vanguard Crazy Hours collection. A self-winding movement powers this watch measuring 53.7mm by 44mm.