April 17, 2019
A stage for the king
The diamond, the most precious of all gemstones, merits the utmost attention. This is why jewellery manufacturers and watch brands presented exquisite designs at this year’s Baselworld which showcase the radiance of this ardently coveted gem. A lone diamond can be impressive as a unique highlight or it can congregate with its peers in a graphic arrangement or sparkling pavé. In brilliant, baguette or teardrop cut, as a ring, earring, necklace or wristwatch, the glowing fire of the diamond leaves no jewellery or watch lover cold.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
Rolex unveiled a precious, mysterious and sparkling 18 ct yellow gold version of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, the iconic watch for those with a passion for driving and speed. Like the 18 ct Everose gold version released in 2018, whose bezel is adorned with sapphires in rainbow colours, this new version offers a unique take on the celebrated racing chronograph. The emblematic tachymetric scale is replaced with 36 trapeze-cut diamonds. On the paved black lacquer dial, champagne-colour chronograph counters are intertwined with black lacquer and diamonds. Completing the dial with elegance are hour markers in the form of eight diamonds in 18 ct yellow gold settings, and Arabic numerals 15, 30 and 45, also in 18 ct yellow gold, set at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock respectively. Like all Rolex watches, the new Cosmograph Daytona carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
These sparkling diamond earrings come from the “Wedding Day Jewelry” collection of the Italian jewellery brand Picchiotti. This line was specially designed to glamorously adorn a bride on her wedding day, which is one of the most memorable days in every woman’s life. Especially brides with a penchant for straightforward design will enjoy the graphic style of these earrings, which skilfully combine precious white gold with square emerald-cut diamonds with a total weight of 11.68 carats.
Patek Philippe Twenty ~4 Ref. 7300/1450R
In the latest model of the Twenty ~4, feminine finesse meets Geneva’s precision watchmaking and the art of the virtuoso jeweller. The dial, bezel, crown and bracelet of the rose gold watch are paved with diamonds randomly presented in a snow setting. A total of 3,238 diamonds combine to produce a spectacular ensemble. A glimpse through the sapphire crystal case back is a joy to behold as it showcases the calibre 324 S self-winding movement and artistic finishes.
The highest quality pearls, selected by qualified experts, always play a starring role in the creations of the British luxury jeweller Yoko London. A single, velvety white, shimmering, impressively large and rare South Sea pearl measuring 18 millimetres in diameter attracts admiring gazes to this diamond necklace. The necklace creates a luxurious staging for the exquisite pearl with a mosaic-like arrangement of diamonds (10.02 carats in total), which symbolize modern femininity.
Chopard L’Heure du Diamant
The hour of the diamond – the choice of name for the three debutants could hardly be more fitting as the timepieces in white gold are veritable masterpieces of artistic achievement by watchmaker and jeweller alike. The coloured spectacle of the precious gem dials made of opal, malachite or lapis lazuli shine with the radiance of diamonds as they vie for attention from their prong setting on the bezel. Responsible for displaying the time is the calibre 09.01-C automatic movement developed and produced in the manufacture.
As though they were painted from sparkling gemstones, calligraphic artworks by the American artist Cy Twombly formed the starting point for the design of Graff’s latest collection of diamond jewellery. The spontaneity of Twombly’s improvised lines is also reflected in these exquisite pieces of jewellery, for example, in the precious diamond necklace. With a naturalistic feel, the loops are set with round and invisibly set emerald-cut diamonds to form elaborate, sculptural ribbons of stones.
Bulgari Serpenti Seduttori Ref. 103160
The current reinterpretation of the Serpenti opens up a new chapter in the story of this ultra feminine cult watch. Produced exclusively in rose, white or yellow gold, it endows time with a precious character. This is particularly true of the exquisite pavé versions which lend a most beautiful expression to the rich tradition of the jeweller’s art. It is embellished with 166 round brilliant-cut diamonds in the intricate snow-set technique. The new model is flatter than ever before and fitted with a new flexible bracelet.
The characteristic Moorish trefoil pattern at Palazzo Ducale in Venice was the inspiration for the glamorous jewellery of the “Venice” collection. These pieces were premiered at Baselworld by Leo Pizzo, a family-owned business based in Valenza, Italy. Whether necklaces, rings, bracelets or earrings, the centre of each of these magnificent jewels is commanded by three droplet-shaped diamonds framed by numerous white brilliant-cut diamonds.
Jacob & Co. Supernova Twin Central Tourbillons
This new piece uniquely combines high watchmaking – a world first with two linked central triple axis tourbillons –, with high jewellery, as the white gold case is invisibly set with baguette-hexagonal diamonds and the dial is adorned with hexagonal, “overlapping” diamonds. Two “mystery” disks turn to indicate the time, rotating around the twin triple axis tourbillons. It is the first time that Jacob & Co. has placed them in the center of the watch, where they turn on three axes: the first axis in 60 seconds, and the second and third axes in two minutes.
Tamara Comolli has augmented her well-known “Signature” collection with exquisite new products this year. With the “Signature Wave” earring, this designer from Lake Tegernsee has successfully transformed her brand’s quintessential droplet symbol into a seductive earring. Available in three different lengths, these earrings are crafted from 18 karat gold and partially decorated with high-quality diamond pavé.
Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ChronoDate
Three new ladies’ chronographs enrich the Patravi line in 2019. Behind the rose-coloured, light-blue or snow-white dials, framed by a ring of 56 diamonds is the CFB 1956 automatic movement as a guarantor of precision. In addition to the chronograph functions, it also powers a large date display. The fine watchmaking from Lucerne is shown in all its splendour through the sapphire crystal case back.
Variously sized diamonds set in white gold and arranged in a delicate navette pattern make this ring look as though it were made from delicate lace. The ring is a member of the “Scintillae” collection of the US-based jewellery brand Sutra Jewels. Nomen est omen here: the collection is an ode to the Latin word scintilla, meaning a bright flash of light such as tiny burning embers, reminiscent of the same fire and brilliance emitted by the jewels.
MB&F Legacy Machine FlyingT
The fact that you can always count on Max Büsser for a surprise is shown by the house’s first complication developed exclusively for ladies. Available in three haute joaillerie versions featuring dial plates in black lacquer, pavé or mounted with baguette-cut-diamonds, the round white gold case is fully set with diamonds. Rising from the bezel is a high convex dome made of sapphire crystal, which reveals a kinematic flying tourbillon below. Occupying the throne at the apex of the cage is a single diamond, while the time can be read from a small tilted subdial. Comprising 280 individual components, the “machine” has a power reserve of four days and an artistically designed rotor in the form of a sun.
Mezzaluna means “crescent moon” in Italian and is the name of an elegant jewellery collection from Al Coro. Like their ever-changing celestial namesake, these pieces reveal ever-new facets of charismatic jewellery design. The newest creations, including jewellery for the wrist in pink gold with white diamond pavé, depart for the first time from the symmetry of their predecessor models and thus look more organic and more feminine than ever before.
Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons
The independent watchmaker showcased a spectacular version of his calibre Tourbillon of Tourbillons, a high precision timepiece that won both the “Innovation Watch Prize” and the “Public Prize” at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2015. This masterful homage to the queen of high complications, features three tourbillons dancing on a revolving plate, which are connected by a triple differential gear and separated by three pure white Top Wesselton G+ trillion diamonds. The intricate mechanisms rotate around each other in 60 seconds and the plate completes six rotations each hour. The complex architecture, set off by a 47mm white-gold case, blends harmoniously with the 233 diamonds skillfully set in invisible mounting.
The elegantly modern pieces of jewellery in the “Cheri” collection from the Belgian brand Hulchi Belluni pay tribute to a dynamic life lived in continual motion. Variously round or square-cut diamonds are arranged to form a line, which symbolizes a sparkling trail along which many glittering encounters assure precious moments. Both the bracelet and the matching earrings are convincing thanks to their timeless two-tone colour scheme.
Grand Seiko Automatic for women STGK004
The brand announced new calibre 9S27 driving a series of five exquisite timepieces for women. The automatic movement’s performance is outstanding, with a precision rate of +8 to−3 seconds a day and a power reserve of 50 hours. Using the latest Spron 610 alloy for the balance spring, it is made, assembled and adjusted by hand in the Shizukuishi Watch Studio in northern Japan. The series features three gold case executions in white, yellow and rose gold. 42 diamonds are set into each bezel and twelve into their mother-of-pearl dials. One more and larger diamond adorns the crown.
Kerbedanz Maximus Royal
The name says it all: with a diameter of 27 millimetres, the tourbillon cage of the Maximus Royal, which Kerbedanz first launched in 2017, is one of the largest in the history of this whirlwind of a timepiece. At Baselworld 2019, the independent watch brand presented a superb jewellery version with a total of 18.47 carats to celebrate a true festival of diamonds. The 51-mm white gold case, designed and produced in-house, shines in the splendour of 453 baguette-cut diamonds in an invisible setting. Only 14 models are being produced to order.