Make every moment memorable by wrapping some glamour around your wrist with these exquisite watches.
By SIMRAN RASTOGI
JAQUET DROZ LADY 8 FLOWER
Itʼs not often that a self-winding mechanical timepiece takes such a fine, feminine form. The Lady 8 Flower is a classic, with a twist. The push-button automaton movement triggers the blooming of a lotus flower, with petals in 18K red gold, revealing a 0.24-carat briolette diamond rotating at its centre, before it closes back up. Elsewhere,
the red-gold case is set with 114 diamonds for a total of 1.4 carats, with an engraved mother-of-pearl dial. While other variations of
this timepiece speak louder, this model whispers its grace oh-so effortlessly. We approve!
Price on request; jaquet-droz.com
VAN CLEEF & ARPELSʼ COSMOS SECRET
Van Cleef & Arpels is many things, but never predictable. The Cosmos Secret is a light-hearted, youthful piece from the floral collection, which also includes the better known Heures Florales watch. A bloom of 18K white gold and diamonds, on a thin navy grosgrain or 18K rose gold bracelet, holds a secret inside. A hidden mechanism reveals the dial, which can just as easily be concealed. The Cosmos Secret pairs well with other Van Cleef jewellery, too, such as a brooch in the same design, making it the perfect piece to carry on a vacation.
Price on request; vancleefarpels.com
BVLGARI SERPENTI TUBOGAS
Instantly recognisable as a Bvlgari with its serpentine form, the Serpenti is also the brandʼs most illustrious timepiece. Immortalised on the silver screen by Liz Taylorʼs Cleopatra and seen on Anne Hathaway and Sara Ali Khan, the Serpenti Tubogas rises above a mere timepiece into the only adornment you need to complete an ensemble. Available in multiple variations to suit any level of extroversion, our pick is the 18K rose-gold and stainless-steel bracelet and case, with brilliant diamonds in the bezel, and a full pavé dial. The embodiment of timeless elegance!
₹22.58 lakh; bulgari.com
PIAGET LIMELIGHT GALA PRECIOUS
If youʼre looking for the highest level of craftsmanship, your search ends at Piaget. The Limelight Gala Precious is handcrafted from 18K white gold, including the painstakingly lightweight bracelet with its signature Palace Décor finish. The goldsmithing involved in the bracelet is inspired by metalworking that goes back centuries to chain-mail armour, while 20 diamonds and 22 sapphires call the bezel home. At the centre of it all, a black opal dial occupies pride of place on your wrist (and heart!)
Price on request; piaget.com
HUBLOT BIG BANG STEEL DIAMONDS
Often touted as the everyday luxury sports watch brand—if such a thing exists!— this is one Hublot that plays to its strengths better than most. Where else in the luxury watch world will you find a diamond-paved bezel, stainless-steel case, in-house movement, and a utilitarian rubber strap in one comprehensive timepiece? Hublot were the first to do it, and the Big Bang Steel Diamonds is all the better for it. Packing serious ice in the 114 diamonds totalling 1.18 carats in the bezel, the signature six H-shaped titanium screws make this timepiece the definition of rugged luxury.
₹12.85 lakh; hublot.com
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER 38 CO-AXIAL
A slimmer, wrist-friendly take on Omegaʼs most famous chronograph, the Speedmaster, the 38 picks up where the previous Reduced models left off . To really set your choice of Speedy apart, make the bold decision of going with the brilliant diamond-paved model, sitting on a classic alligator-leather strap. A hardy 316L stainless-steel case makes no compromises in usability, while the brushed grey dial, with oval sub-dials and date window, tweak the formula just enough to catch—and hold—attention. For all the Speedmaster fans out there, this is one for the ages.
Price on request; omegawatches.com
PATEK PHILIPPE 5374/300P GRAND COMPLICATIONS
A total of 228 baguette-cut diamonds amounting to 11.6 carats and
13 sapphire minute-markers set in the platinum case make the Grand Complications one of the rarest, most sought after timepieces in the Patek line-up. With an estimated price tag that runs into the millions, this one is a truly valuable investment. If you do manage to get your hands on one, youʼll join the highly limited ranks of owners that include the likes of Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg.
Price on request; patek.com