Shine Bright Like A Di­a­mond

A se­lec­tion of gem-set bezels for the sea­son

Portfolio - - IN THIS ISSUE - BY KEEF WONG

Mod­ern trav­el­ers never leave the A se­lec­tion of gem-set bezels for the sea­son

There is a sea­son for every­thing, and needs to be met, spe­cially for some­thing as im­por­tant as your wrist­watch. Some­times you need it to tell time in two time zones at once, keep track of your heart rate, or sim­ply tell the time. On spe­cial oc­ca­sions though, you need your watch to rep­re­sent your style, and your ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the finer things in life. Above that, you need some­thing spec­tac­u­lar to own the room. Those are the days that you need to be rock­ing one of these on your wrist; sub­tlety can wait another day.

Rolex Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Cos­mo­graph Day­tona

A mod­ern-day gem-set ver­sion of the ev­er­green Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Cos­mo­graph Day­tona, the new 18 ct Everose gold ver­sion has a bezel set with a gra­da­tion of sap­phires in rain­bow hues in lieu of the em­blem­atic tachy­met­ric scale. The case is also adorned with 56 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds set into the lugs and crown guard, and the dial fea­tures 11 baguette-cut sap­phire hour mark­ers, each match­ing the color of the cor­re­spond­ing point on the bezel. The chrono­graph coun­ters are in pink Gold Crys­tals, a ma­te­rial cre­ated through a spe­cial process de­vel­oped by Rolex. Rolex’s own in-house gemol­o­gists and gem-set­ters are re­spon­si­ble for se­lect­ing only the high­est qual­ity stones, and then plac­ing each one to best re­veal its beauty, color and sparkle. The 36 baguette-cut sap­phires on the bezel have been hand­s­e­lected for the per­fect color grad­u­a­tion, rep­re­sent­ing the col­ors of the rain­bow in a beau­ti­ful, al­most seam­less segue from one hue to the next and back again. Paired with the rock solid Oys­ter case, guar­an­teed wa­ter­proof to 100 me­tres, and the ul­tra-de­pend­able Rolex cal­i­bre 4130 au­to­matic move­ment, the Cos­mo­graph Day­tona will not fail you in any set­ting, be it ac­tive, or so­cial.

Aude­mars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwind­ing (Ref. 15451OR.YY.1256OR.01)

Brand new for 2018, and an ad­di­tion to the ever pop­u­lar Aude­mars Piguet Royal Oak col­lec­tion, this 37mm 18ct pink gold case wrist­watch fea­tures a bezel set with care­fully cho­sen bril­liant– cut or­ange sap­phires, specif­i­cally cho­sen in eight dif­fer­ent shades and metic­u­lously graded from pale to dark for a sub­tly beau­ti­ful grad­u­a­tion around the dial. Aude­mars Piguet has re­tained the eight iconic screws on the bezel, and in­te­grated them into the de­sign as a point where each set of sap­phires pick up a darker hue. On the face of the watch is a pink gold-toned dial with the iconic “Grande Tapis­serie” pat­tern, pink gold ap­plied hour-mark­ers, and Royal Oak hands with lu­mi­nes­cent coat­ing. A per­fect ex­e­cu­tion of bal­ance be­tween the lux­u­ri­ous ma­te­ri­als, pink gold tones and the decades old iconic de­sign and ex­pec­ta­tions of the Royal Oak col­lec­tion. Round­ing off the of­fer­ing is the man­u­fac­ture Cal­i­bre 3120 au­to­matic move­ment with a 60-hour power re­serve and is metic­u­lously pro­duced with a hand-dec­o­rated ro­tor em­bel­lished with the Aude­mars Piguet mono­gram, and the coat of arms of the Aude­mars and Piguet fam­i­lies.

In a unique ex­e­cu­tion, in-line with Hublot’s con­stant search of new tech­ni­cal ma­te­ri­als to in­cor­po­rate into their watches, the new Big Bang One Click Sap­phire Rain­bow is a 39mm watch crafted out of blocks of pol­ished sap­phire crys­tal. This results in a watch­case that is supremely scratch-re­sis­tant and al­most as hard as di­a­mond. Above that, the case is com­pletely clear. When paired with a monochro­matic dial, it al­lows the col­ors on the bezel to re­ally pop and take cen­ter stage. The bezel is crafted out of 18ct white gold, and chan­nel set with 48 baguette-cut sap­phires, amethysts, ru­bies, topazes and tsa­vorites that have been cho­sen and color-graded for a flaw­less grad­ual ex­e­cu­tion of the rain­bow tones all around the bezel. The watch is pre­sented with a trans­par­ent struc­tured lined strap; how­ever, should you de­cide on a lit­tle ex­tra color, the strap is eas­ily switched out via the ‘One Click’ quick-re­lease sys­tem her­alded by Hublot. Keep­ing the watch ticking is the HUB1710 self-wind­ing move­ment with a 50-hour power re­serve. Lim­ited to only 50 pieces world­wide, this is a strik­ing watch fit for con­nois­seurs who ap­pre­ci­ate both a high level of tech­ni­cal crafts­man­ship, as well as an aes­thetic ex­e­cu­tion that is bold and mod­ern. This bal­ance of mod­ern de­sign and for­ward think­ing ma­te­rial se­lec­tion, paired with ad­vanced per­for­mance and de­pend­abil­ity, is per­fectly per­son­i­fied with Hublot.

Hublot Big Bang One Click Sap­phire Rain­bow

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