Floating diamonds and luminescent spinels were among the eye-catching designs at the Geneva show.
Mécabille de Cartier
This is a watch collection about volume, shapes and precious materials in novel combinations. It combines satin and brushed finishes for yellow and rose gold, as well as a proprietary violet gold that Cartier created for this collection. It also juxtaposes square and ball shapes, and deploys a mixture of stones. One version features onyx, black spinel, obsidian and diamonds, and another has a more colorful combination of coral, black spinel, chrysoprase, diamonds and tsavorites.
With this collection, the French luxury brand shows its gem-setting skills in two new watches. The first features blue sapphires surrounding a diamond-paved dial and extending through the length of the bracelet. The second one dazzles in pink sapphires and diamonds. The colored gems are in gradient patterns to highlight the different shades, and all the diamonds are D to F color and IF to VVS clarity.
The 2023 edition of this well-known line comes with a new dial color, Midnight Purple. One of the dials has a guilloche design. Five free-floating diamonds are in constant motion inside the dial — a trademark of the Happy Diamonds and Happy Sport collections — and the bezel is paved with diamonds. Unlike many of the other Happy models, this one runs on the Chopard 09.01-C automatic movement.
The bracelet of this high-jewelry cuff watch features Piaget’s Palace Décor technique, which the luxury brand first developed in the 1960s. A craftsman uses a beveled-tip tool called an echoppe to manually sculpt the stylized grooves and outlines. The watch dial is made of turquoise, and brilliant-cut sapphires line the bezel.
Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Pincushion
This line of five watches, with dials employing five different jewelry-making techniques, takes its inspiration from a dressmaker’s pincushion — entirely on-brand for the only high-fashion company exhibiting at Watches & Wonders. Crafted from precious metals, diamonds, mother-of-pearl or onyx, each design reflects the brand’s signature motifs.
The Swiss watch brand produces highly technical complications, innovative mechanisms it describes as “hyper-horology.” It creates a limited number of expensive watches for a specific clientele.
This model uses vivid spinels ranging from red to blue, coated with the phosphorescent substance Super-LumiNova so they shine in the dark. The multi-tone effect gives the watch a chromatic look. To achieve the desired colors, uniformity and luminescence, the company uses synthetically grown spinels. The ones that encircle the bezel and flange are the most visible; they go by the trademarked name of “Spin-Stones,” and the semicircle-like cut is patent pending. Custom-shaped spinels adorn the skeletonized dial to form the signature Roger Dubuis star, with a small round diamond at the center.