‘Tis The Season To Be Fancy (With Your Watch)

If there’s one time during the year to get all dressed up, it’s right now. With so many celebrations packed into one month and a slew of party invites to consider, December is the dressiest time of the year. To match your festive wardrobe picks, go extra with your watch choice too by opting for head-turning high jewelry watches like these. ‘Tis the season to be fancy, after all.

Rolex Day date rainbow

Rolex Day-Date Rainbow

Rolex took the gem-set rainbow concept that was all the rage in 2018 thanks to the Daytona and applied it to the updated Day-Date 36 collection this year. But rather than the kaleidoscope of colors seen on the Daytona bezel, what we get with the new white gold Rolex Day-Date ref. 128349RBR is a sparkling diamond bezel, bracelet, and dial, tastefully accented with ten baguette-cut, rainbow-colored sapphires serving as hour markers. Sized at a restrained 36mm, this punchy Rolex President illustrates that a petite watch can certainly make a big impression.

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 High Jewelry

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 High Jewelry

Big in size (45mm). Big in mechanics (seven series-coupled barrels, offering a 14-day power reserve). Big in diamonds (549 baguette-cut diamonds, totaling over 30 carats). This is a watch that is all about that big bang. The freshly released Hublot Big Bang MP-11 High Jewelry takes the watch model’s familiar distinctive silhouette and gives it the haute joaillerie treatment with diamonds on the white gold case, sapphire crystal dial, and white gold buckle attached to the black leather strap.

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Openworked Tourbillon High Jewelry

Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Openworked Tourbillon High Jewelry

Within the already exceptional watch manufacture that is Vacheron Constantin is the “Les Cabinotiers” department, charged to make extraordinary bespoke timepieces and groundbreaking complications. Earlier this month, Vacheron Constantin released a Les Cabinotiers collection of one-off pieces including this Openworked Tourbillon High Jewelry—a jeweled and skeletonized iteration of the renowned 14-day manually wound tourbillon, the Caliber 2260. Flaunting a white gold 46mm case set with 238 baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel, lugs, and crown, along with a dozen blue sapphire hour markers, there is only one example of this watch in existence.

Diamond Greubel Forsey Balancier Contemporain

Greubel Forsey Diamond Set Balancier Contemporain

The term “pared-down” is a subjective one in the luxury watch industry, particularly when speaking of watches from the likes of ultra-high-end Swiss watchmaker Greubel Forsey. Take the limited-edition Greubel Forsey Diamond Set Balancier Contemporain for example, which among the brand’s catalog of insanely complicated and architectural watches is a simpler affair; yet obviously intricate and complex by most standards. Inside the white gold 41.6mm case set with baguette-cut diamonds is the brand’s signature multi-level dial, complete with the exclusive GF balance wheel system on full display for all to admire.

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