2021 is shaping up to be a year in which mindful shopping is the biggest trend.
We want to invest in pieces with longevity, which we will cherish for years to come. And what greater investment purchase is there than a timepiece?
Here’s the latest drop of timeless classics to wear now, and love forever.
This Cartier watch’s name is derived from its sleek spherical case, and the striking blue sapphire cabochon which is nestled discreetly in the crown. Expertly crafted from 18k pink gold, set with a opaline dial, and enhanced with over 100 brilliant-cut diamonds, this is an enduringly feminine timepiece.
Jaeger-Lecoultre is the master of elevating timepieces to objects of art. Such is the case with this watch, boasting romantic rose gold and a blue alligator strap. There is no shortage of diamonds: a smattering adorn the bezel, crown, and case sides. As for the pièce de résistance? The numerals disappear behind the mother-of-pearl moon-phase window, while the shooting star indicator can be set to the time of an upcoming meeting. Simply exquisite.
Instantly recognisable by its rectangular silhouette, the Nantucket watch was designed in 1991, inspired by Hermes' signature Chaîne d'Ancre motif. Blurring the lines between jewellery and watches, this timepiece is a vision of 18k gold, and set with a dusting of diamonds around the luminous mother-of-pearl dial. A modern classic, it will pair perfectly with on-trend chunky gold bracelets.
Strong and conceptual, the new Dior watches celebrate Creative Director, Victoire de Castellane’s love for the beauty of natural stones. Taking inspiration from Christian Dior’s colourful fabric swatches from his Couture atelier, the result is playful asymmetry, with a luxe edge. This is Dior after all.
The timepieces in the new Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule Collection are perfect for summer days spent at sea, thanks to water resistance and a built-in sun dial. The diamond hour markers, and kaleidoscopic bezel set with colourful rubies and sapphires, add a cocktail hour readiness to an otherwise sporty design.
Empress Joséphine was one of Maison Chaumet’s most famous clients, and has inspired collections ever since. Indeed the pear-cut – Joséphines favourite motif – became a signature emblem, adorning many of the Maison's jewellery collections. Now, a new watch collection pays homage to her elegance. With a pear-shaped dial, black-leather strap, feminine rose gold, and brilliant cut diamonds, this is the perfect day-to-night piece you’ll never want to take off.
One of the most recognised and recognisable of watches, the Rolex DateJust 36 is a classic. The combination of oystersteel and everose (trademarked since 1933) brings a mix of femininity and strength. The latest iteration transports you to sunnier climes, thanks to its pretty palm-motif dial.
Combining a love for tech and jewellery making, &DIAMONDS adds a hand-picked selection of diamonds to everyday pieces for added elegance. Choose from a dazzling single, double, or triple row of ethically sourced diamonds, depending on how minimalist or maximalist your personal style is. The best thing? Upgrade your watch to the new technology and take your diamonds with you.
Bringing glamour to the every day, upon close inspection, the LVCEA watch is quite simply dazzling. Shards of mother-of-pearl are spliced together to form the dial with an unparalleled shimmer, whilst the cabochon-cut rubellite set crown and diamond hour markers prove the devil is very much in the detail. Understated style at its finest.
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