By Aldous Tuck | September 7, 2016 | Watches & Jewelry
The season's hottest/hautest timepieces are lighting up the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic materials, and extravagant designs.
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Over the past several decades, the figure of the serpent has become an indelible emblem of the Italian high-jewelry house of Bulgari. The glittering Serpenti Incantati timepiece (price upon request) is the most tempting interpretation to date. Each of the four versions, in both white and pink gold, features a bejeweled snake encircling the dial in a spray of diamonds and rubellites. 401 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-858-9216
The form of the pocket watch and the fine art of enameling together bring visual drama to the Perpetual Calendar Heritage (price upon request) by Swiss manufacturer H. Moser & Cie. The cloisonné inspired enamel of the face cover has guilloche engraving and inset diamonds, while “Grand Feu” enamel enlivens the dial underneath. This limited-edition timepiece celebrates the brand’s 10th year of creating perpetual calendars. Westime Beverly Hills, 216 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-888-8880
Inspired by the classic cocktail that took the women of the 1930s smart set by storm, Richard Mille’s Pink Lady Sapphire ($990,000) brings the elegance and éclat of those free-spirited femmes to haute horology. The bezel, caseband, and caseback are cut and finished from a solid piece of pink sapphire—a process that takes more than forty days—resulting in incredible scratch resistance and a beyond-dazzling form. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-285-9898
Haute joaillerie is the hallmark of the pink-gold Millenary watch ($80,600) by Audemars Piguet. Handpicked for perfect roundness and their 1mm size, the luminous seed pearls create a strong geometric design that lights up the oval-shaped black onyx dial. One hundred and sixty-nine brilliant-cut diamonds add a sparkling complement to the dial and movement and 438 more enliven the base and buckle. This peerless artistry houses a hand-wound, in-house movement that offers 49 hours of power reserve to keep the glamour going. 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8181
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF BULGARI, H. MOSER & CIE, RICHARD MILLE, AND AUDEMARS PIGUET