COLOR ME SPRING­TIME!

AS BUDS BURST AND NA­TURE BLOS­SOMS, WATCH­MAK­ERS OF­FER A RIOT OF COLOR IN PIECES THAT BLOOM ON THE WRIST.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY ALDOUS TUCK

As buds burst and na­ture blos­soms, watch­mak­ers of­fer a riot of color in pieces that bloom on the wrist.

“April… hath put a spirit of youth in ev­ery­thing,” wrote Wil­liam Shake­speare in “Son­net 98.” In­deed, the bound­less en­ergy of na­ture’s re­birth has been an in­spi­ra­tion for artists since the be­gin­ning of time. And like the Bard, some of the world’s finest watch­mak­ers use spring­time as an oc­ca­sion to ex­press their artis­tic skill in pieces that cel­e­brate color and high style on the out­side and en­gi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence on the in­side. Shim­mer­ing pre­cious met­als, mother-of­pearl ac­cents, and daz­zling gem­stones en­hance the hues of the sea­son. These cre­ations may mea­sure time, but like a beau­ti­fully turned son­net, their ap­peal is time­less. For more watch fea­tures and ex­panded cov­er­age, go to phillystylemag.com/watches-and-jew­elry

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THE WORLD’S FINEST WATCH­MAK­ERS USE SPRING­TIME AS AN OC­CA­SION TO EX­PRESS THEIR ARTIS­TIC SKILL IN PIECES THAT CEL­E­BRATE COLOR AND HIGH STYLE.

ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Clas­sic el­e­gance and col­or­ful éclat de­fine this Cartier Clé de Cartier 35mm ($29,100). The rhodi­u­mized 18k white-gold case is set with bril­liant-cut di­a­monds. The watch fea­tures a Man­u­fac­ture self­wind­ing, me­chan­i­cal move­ment, cal­iber 1847MC. A flain­qué sun­ray ef­fect brings depth to the dial that is ele­gantly off­set by blue-steel sword-shaped hands. The fuschia al­li­ga­tor strap adds a burst of color. Bernie Rob­bins Jewel­ers, 775 E. Lan­caster Ave., Vil­lanova, 610-971-2446; cartier.com Haute horol­ogy pops with col­or­ful in­ter­est in the el­e­gant Rolex Oys­ter Per­pet­ual Lady-date­just ($17,500). The 18k yel­low-gold case fea­tures a bezel set with 46 bril­liant-cut di­a­monds and a shim­mer­ing Ju­bilee bracelet. It has a 2236 self-wind­ing, me­chan­i­cal move­ment that is man­u­fac­tured en­tirely by Rolex and of­fers a 55-hour power re­serve. Be­nari Jewel­ers, 299 Main St., Ex­ton; 3606 West Ch­ester Pike, New­town Square, 866-363- 0808; rolex.com Ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign el­e­ments and me­chan­i­cal mas­tery meet in the Jazzmas­ter Open Heart Lady by Hamil­ton ($1,145). True to its name, this time­piece of­fers in­trigu­ing glimpses of the watch’s in­ner move­ment, the new H-10 dec­o­rated cal­iber. Ren­dered in stain­less steel with the op­tion of a col­or­ful leather strap or me­tal bracelet, it has an 80-hour power re­serve. Bernie Rob­bins Jewel­ers, 200 N. Sy­camore St., New­town, 215579-8224; hamil­ton­watch.com

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