We single out eight of the latest eye-catching timepieces in a range of shades you can strap to your hand. Here are some colorful luxury watches that will literally put a rainbow on your wrist.
Van Cleef & Arpels
From the house’s Sous les Étoiles collection, this high jewelry version of the Lady Arpels Planetarium model. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Moon come to life, thanks to an exclusive watch module developed in partnership with astronomical watch specialist Christiaan van der Klaauw. The celestial spectacle continues around the wrist in addition to the circular trajectory of a shooting star that indicates the time with poetic grace. A gradient of blue sapphires and black spinels evokes the many mysteries of the sky, while astral bodies reimagined in diamonds, spessartite garnets and colored sapphires punctuate the three-dimensional volume of the bracelet. Shimmering lines seem to swirl towards the dial, drawn in relief to create the effect of movement. Requiring 1370 hours of work, the amazing piece is equipped with a Swiss-made automatic movement.
The second collaborative timepiece from Hublot and Takashi Murakami transforms the smiling flower, icon of the Japanese artist, into a creation combining transparency and color. Cut from sapphire crystal, the 45mm case of the Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow watch is perfect for the joyful three-dimensional 12-petalled bloom, whose polychromatic effect is achieved by 487 gemstones representing the colors of the rainbow. rainbow: rubies, pink sapphires. , amethysts, blue sapphires, tsavorites, yellow and orange sapphires. An ingenious ball bearing system developed by Hublot allows the petals to rotate when the wearer moves. The 100-piece limited edition is powered by the HUB1214 movement with a 72-hour power reserve.
It is the fascinating spectacle of fish writhing and turning in a graceful aquatic ballet that inspired the decoration of a trio of limited editions – baptized School of Fish – equipped with Grand Feu cloisonné enamel dials. To create the outlines of the composition of each piece, it took 50 cm of 24 carat yellow gold wire measuring just 0.05 mm by 0.4 mm in section. The interplay of colors and sparkling surfaces calls for a palette of 15 to 21 shades of transparent, opaque and opalescent enamels. The dials then underwent 12 to 15 firings at a temperature of around 800°C. For the finishing touch, this Calatrava Ref. 5077/100R-049 in rose gold features a bezel and lugs set with 113 brilliant-cut Top Wesselton Pure diamonds that perfectly frame the vibrant aquatic-themed artwork.
The RM 35-03 Automatic Rafael Nadal features a new patented innovation that took three years to develop: the butterfly rotor. While the RMAL1 caliber of the RM 35-02 already has a variable geometry rotor, the titanium butterfly rotor of this improved edition allows the wearer to interact directly with the geometry of the rotor. Like a driver able to adjust the transmission style from city use to track use by activating a car’s sport mode, the wearer of the watch can control the winding speed of the movement according to their level. of activity. A switchable sport mode suspends the automatic winding of the movement to protect the mechanism from excessive wear during sport. Two variants are available: blue Quartz TPT case with a white Quartz TPT middle (photo), and white Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT case with a Carbon TPT middle. The titanium plate and bridges with a gray electroplasma and PVD treatment give the watch a bold look, while the fully skeletonized movement can be admired from both sides.
One of the most colorful watches of recent times, the house’s signature sport-chic collection features six new iterations of the Alpine Eagle Frozen watch. Crafted in ethical white or rose gold, the latest editions are available in small (36mm) or large (41mm) sizes, and feature dials, cases, bezels and integrated bracelets fully adorned with precious stones and diamonds. Highlighting the gem-setting expertise of the house’s artisans, who spend no less than 20 hours working on each watch, the shimmering gemstones evoke tiny shards of frost on glaciers shimmering in the sun. This 41 mm model in pink gold with a bezel adorned with multicolored sapphires in a rainbow gradient is equipped with the Chopard 01.03-C self-winding mechanical movement.
Created with a matching necklace, the Baroque Spiral high jewelry watch from the Magnifica collection celebrates the audacity and sensuality of the Baroque movement. The extraordinary rose gold timepiece with a quartz movement displays hypnotic spirals, which symbolize life and evolution. The swirling Baroque motifs entwine in a magnificent setting of eight cabochon-cut emeralds, 10 cabochon-cut rubies, eight cabochon-cut sapphires and pavé diamonds totaling 21.38 carats. The flamboyance of the timepiece is enhanced by a transparent faceted rock crystal set on the dial, which creates bewitching reflections when the light reaches it.
A series of six new Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon watches in rose or white gold add an unexpectedly playful touch to the house’s iconic collection. The dial of each 38.5mm watch sparkles with faceted pyramids paved with blue sapphires, diamonds or rainbow-colored gemstones. Finding the right stones, colors and contrasts was a crucial step in the design. This rainbow model with a diamond-set case features 12 types of multicolored baguette-cut gemstones, including rubies, tsavorites, emeralds, topazes, tanzanites, amethysts and colored sapphires. The stones have been meticulously chosen for their vivid hues and smooth gradient when put together. The openworked barrel of the hand-wound Caliber 2951, at 11 o’clock, offers a rare glimpse of the helical spring, the watch’s energy source.
Winner of the Ladies’ Watch Prize at the 20th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), the Limelight Gala Precious Rainbow features a kaleidoscopic array of green tsavorites and colored sapphires ranging from red, orange, yellow, blue, indigo to violet around the bezel and on the lugs. Procuring progressively cut colored gemstones of this caliber was extremely difficult for Piaget’s gemologists. In addition, setting this rose gold piece also required special patience and expertise from the in-house setters, who had to create the perfect transition in color and size from one gem to the next using a complex technique of set down, which amplifies the brilliance of each stone. The House’s signature Palace Décor strap and dial add to the remarkable visual spectacle of this 32 mm creation.
This story was first published on Prestige Singapore.