96 // LABOR OF LOVE
Send Cupid’s arrow straight to her heart with a work of artistry and a reminder of your affection.
SEND CUPID’S ARROW STRAIGHT TO HER HEART WITH A WORK OF EXQUISITE ARTISTRY AND A LASTING REMINDER OF YOUR AFFECTION.
Master watchmakers are not only exceptional engineers but also, occasionally, true romantics. With an eye for beauty and fantasy, these poetic craftsmen produce enduring works of art that are treasured for a lifetime and even beyond. Whether offering understated elegance enlivened by diamonds or mechanical whimsy to delight the senses, this season’s most covetable timepieces are the ultimate gift of grace and distinction for someone you love—perhaps yourself!—at this special time of year. For more watch features and expanded coverage, go to oceandrive.com/ watches-and-jewelry. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT:
Christian Louboutin celebrate the 85th anniversary of the watchmaker’s iconic Reverso line with the customizable Reverso by Christian Louboutin ($11,535). Inspired by his world travels, Louboutin has brought his inimitable aesthetic to this Art Deco classic, creating a watch that instantly marks its wearer as a global paragon of style. Jaeger-lecoultre, Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th St., 305-908-3660; jaegerlecoultre.com
Wonders abound in the fanciful Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons (price on request), from Van Cleef & Arpels’s Poetic Complications collection. The diamond bezel of this stunning 18k whitegold timepiece encircles three butterflies whose playful dance among clouds marks the minutes, while the wing of a swallow indicates the hour. Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, 305-866-0899; vancleefarpels.com
Bewitching shades of midnight blue lend a touch of clandestine romance to the Patek Philippe Ref. 4897/300G Ladies’ Calatrava ($28,690). Fashioned in white gold with a guilloched dark blue dial and powdered gold hour markers, this manually wound mechanical marvel exudes elegance—with a satin strap adding the perfect finishing touch. Kirk Jewelers, 142 E. Flagler St., 305-3711321; patek.com
Hamilton’s Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady ($1,145) embodies the openness of true love, with the watch’s heart—the new H-10 decorated caliber— visible through both sides. Featuring a stainless steel case, a mother-of-pearl dial, and either a leather strap or a metal bracelet, the watch offers 80 hours of power reserve to keep it beating steadily even when it’s not gracing your wrist. Gold Time, 531 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-534-8897; hamiltonwatch.com
Christian Louboutin (LEFT) at the Manufacture Jaeger-lecoultre.