Cascading Stars Featured

The latest generation of jewellery watches is born to stun

by 09 April 2010

Shimmers of light scythe through the night like shooting stars, helping us to capture the memory of the perfect hour. The new timepieces by the grand horlogère brands are fashioned to adorn the wrists of dreaming women, lovers of supreme beauty. A journey through our gallery of the most beautiful watches in the market for “celebrating the moment”.

Feline Fascination - Pasha de Cartier 42 mm skeleton watch with panther decor
Cartier launches its horlogère season in animalier spirit, melding audacity with poetry in the transparency of a panther, a pure feat of style from the art of watchmaking according to Cartier.

Sparkling splendour of the brand’s jewellery making tradition, the Pasha de Cartier 42 mm has a bold skeleton movement, the diamond-studded bridges shaping the head of a panther whose emerald gaze seems to hypnotise time itself.

Cartier boutiques

Jewel Talisman - Charms Mini by Van Cleef & Arpels 

Van Cleef & Arpels has been expressing its style language in the form of jewellery watches since 1910. Distinctive and eternal, these timepieces craft rare stones and precious materials into authentic masterpieces of mysterious allure. Replicating the talismanic motif of the Alhambra, the new mini-version of the original Charms watch, created in 1968, slips into a playful and precious contemporary guise. The case measures 25mm in diameter and comes in either white or yellow gold set with diamonds.

Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques

The Passion of Eve - Serpenti by Bulgari
Serpenti, a masterpiece of the goldsmith’s art, tributes the relationship between woman and seduction.

Serpenti celebrates the fusion of the snake with the Tubogas bracelet, the two iconic values that distinguish Bulgari. The form of the reptile, the symbol of eternal youth and immortality in mythological creatures, has been an integral part of the Italian jewellery universe since time immemorial. A precious reference to the sinuous snake, the Tubogas bracelet, designed by Bulgari in the 1950s, is a unique work of art that attests to the label’s rich wellspring of expertise, a secret to which it alone holds the key. The bezel of the watch is encrusted with 38 diamonds (0.29 karats) to enhance the black opaline dial with satiné soleil decoration and the pink rubellite cabochon set in the crown.

Bulgari boutiques

Mysteries of Light and Shadow - Iléa by Baume & Mercier
Iléa is a limited edition watch fashioned by Baume & Mercier to create a sequence of contrasting sensations, from deep opaque black – achieved with a PVD-treated white gold base – to the luminous sparkle of 970 diamonds. The Baume & Mercier brand had already earned distinction in the 1940s, when it produced the legendary Marquise, and went on to win the industry’s most prestigious international award in the 1970s – the Golden Rose at Baden Baden in 1972 and 1973 – for its Stardust, Mimosa and Galaxie models. 

Baume & Mercier boutiques

Harmonious World - Millenary Precieuse by Audemars Piguet
Reinterpreting the oval theme, Millenary Precieuse by Audemars Piguet recalls the infinite embraces that celebrate the joys of the everyday. Polished surfaces interact with diamonds to create a sumptuous light effect. Two rings of diamonds encircle the bezel and are carried onto the lugs of the watch, while the dial is set with an off-centre diamond-pavé disc and a crescent-shaped zone in mother of pearl. Superbly crafted self-winding movement.

Audemars Piguet boutiques

Reversible Time – Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto by Jaeger-LeCoultre
One watch, two faces. With one face set with diamonds and featuring a date display and an exquisite day/night disc adorned with sun and star symbols. The back, which is devoted to a straightforward hour and minute display, also pays tribute to Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 968, through a discreet aperture in the centre of the dial that reveals the movement’s oscillating weight adorned with the “côtes soleillées” motif. Once again, Reverso Squadra enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, since the new Duetto is available in steel with gem-setting on the back along with white and black dials, or in a pink gold version with gem-setting on both sides, along with white and black dials.

Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques
 

Automatic Strike – Reine de Naples 8978 by Breguet
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the design of the first wrist-worn watch, ordered from Breguet by Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples. The anniversary offers Breguet the opportunity to add the first Grande Complication design to the Reine de Naples collection for ladies only: automatic strike. This elaborate “complication” marks the hours automatically every hour on the hour with two strikes, repeated three times, a charming and discreet way of signalling the passage of time. A pushpiece opposite 2 o’clock allows the wearer to deactivate this function.

Breguet boutiques
 

Blaze of Glory - Lady Kalla Flame by Vacheron et Constantin
Lady Kalla Flame by Vacheron et Constantin evokes the iconic Lady Kalla watch launched in 1982, revealing an incredible silhouette brought to life by the brilliance of its 200 flame-cut diamonds, a watchmaking world first. The lightweight organic white gold case embraces a diamond-set dial, echoing the flame shape of the gems. The bracelet is a natural extension of the case with its dancing cortege of precious stones that seem to twirl and spin at will.

Vacheron Constantin boutiques