A curation of the worldʼs most exquisitely designed watches that are the perfect eye
(and wrist!) candy.
By PRIYA KUMARI RANA
BOVET VIRTUOSO VIII CHAPTER TWO
Limited to only 39 timepieces across the globe, this ornamental piece represents the pinnacle of haute horology. Housed in a case made with 18 karat red gold, its patented double-face flying tourbillon at 6 oʼclock is a sight to behold, as are the blue, aventurine glass dials with the power reserve indicator. This timepiece elegantly blends Bovetʼs two iconic cases—the Fleurier and Dimier—and features an inclined crystal aperture on the 12-6 oʼclock axis. The steel is chamfered and polished, the disk plates are sunk and chamfered, and the tourbillon cage bridge is made of titanium to reduce its weight and prevent any magnetic charge. And while making a date correction, you donʼt need to remove the timepiece; simply press down on the Bovet crown, positioned at 12 oʼclock! The watch is also water-resistant to a depth
of 30 metres. Available in an alligator skin strap.
₹1.75 crore (approx.); bovet.com
PIAGETʼS LIMELIGHT GALA HIGH JEWELLERY
The result of decades-long exceptional goldsmithing and gem-setting skills, this magnificent timepiece is a sparkling vision, crafted from 18 karat white gold and featuring more than 250 diamonds! Each of these jewels is meticulously positioned—using a claw setting for 87 marquise-cut diamonds, snow setting on the dial with 190 brilliant-cut diamonds, channel setting for the 134 baguette-cut diamonds, and grain setting for the 71 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bracelet. The marquise cut is perhaps the most important in terms of Piagetʼs design codes. As per legend, Franceʼs King Louis XV requested a diamond to be cut in honour of the smile of his beloved, Marquise de Pompadour. This new cut allowed the light to shine from the centre of the gemstone, giving it a unique brilliance. Feel like a queen with this gorgeous accessory!
Price on request; piaget.com
BVLGARIʼS OCTO FINISSIMO TOURBILLON CHRONOGRAPH SKELETON AUTOMATIC
This groundbreaking timepiece is yet another impressive expression
of Bvlgariʼs ethos, reflecting the fusion of cutting-edge design and technical expertise. Featuring a 42-mm x 7.5-mm octagonal titanium case, and ultra-thin with a thickness of just 3.50 mm, this watch has claimed an industry record for the sixth time, boasting possibly the flattest tourbillon ever made! Part of the Octo Finissimo range, it features the brandʼs record-breaking, single-push chronograph, now
in a two-counter display, and a tourbillon at 6 oʼclock. The matte-grey dial is skeletonised to reveal the complexity of the BVL 388 calibre from the front, while the case back is transparent. The crown
and push buttons come in sandblasted titanium, as do the bracelet and folding buckle. Limited to 50 pieces worldwide.
From ₹1.34 crore; bulgari.com
BOMBERG’S BB01 AUTOMATIC CURE THE BULLDOG
Born out of the love of their brand ambassador, Bolt the bulldog, and gratitude to the miracle plant that saved him—this watch is the world’s first to feature real hemp leaves. The dial of this bold and quirky 43-mm timepiece, powered by a Swiss automatic movement (SW200), features the instantly recognisable contours of the Cannabis indica plant, with its seven serrated leaves. The powerful Super-LumiNova used on the dial means the markings are always legible—even under night skies! Real extracts of the plant are included inside the dial, while the strap is fashioned with a blend of leather and hemp. With a crown at 2 o’clock, the watch is cocooned in an elegant, gently domed sapphire glass. It has a 38-hour power reserve and is limited to just 250 pieces in the world.
₹1.61 lakh; us.worldofbomberg.com
AUDEMARS PIGUET’S ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE SELFWINDING MUSIC EDITION
Swiss Maison Audemars Piguet’s relationship with the world of music— including collaborations with icons like Jay-Z and Quincy Jones—just got even more melodious with this piece! The most striking feature of this 43-mm black ceramic watch is the tapisserie dial that bears the pattern of an equaliser (there are 10 colours printed onto the motif) found in recording studios, knurled-textured studs reminiscent of jack plugs, and crown guards inspired by the fader on mixing consoles. Featuring a sapphire crystal curved along the 6 to 12 o’clock axis, as well as enlarged bevels, these self-winding hours, minutes, and seconds models radiate a colourful, pop-style appearance. With only 250 pieces in the world, this special watch is encased in glare-proof sapphire crystal and case back, with white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
₹40.95 lakh (approx.); audemarspiguet.com
ROGER DUBUIS’ KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE MONOTOURBILLON
The master of hyper-expressive design that’s all about ‘bigger and bolder’, Roger Dubuis recently launched this groundbreaking piece that reimagines the legend of King Arthur in the most creative way possible. The Monotourbillon emerges from the centre of the famous round table, akin to a shield against gravitational forces, with King Arthur’s 12 knights standing proudly around this feat of engineering. The hour-marked heroes, cast in pink gold 750/1000, are crafted individually through intricate micro-sculpturing. Each knight is just 6 millimetres tall, created with his own personality and equipped with armour. Two gold markers indicate the position of the hour and minute with perfectly centred rotating discs. Purple blocks, carved from Murano glass, appear to levitate around the Monotourbillon, while the double-surfaced flange is carved from a single block of Murano glass. The timepiece is available with an embossed black leather strap.
₹4.92 crore (approx.); rogerdubuis.com