Watch Focus: Precious Stone Faces in Timepieces

Precious stone faces in luxury watches? It’s a no-brainer, really. Fine wristwatches are sold alongside fine jewels, so why not adorn them with precious elements ? Here’s a crop of new wristwatches with some fine face materials.  

Alor watch

Watch in stainless steel with a black PVD and stainless steel bezel, 43 mm case, double curved sapphire crystal, black mother-of-pearl dial, silver Roman markers, 0.12 ct. t.w. black diamonds, and a black leather strap, $995; Alor Swiss Watches (from the makers of Charriol USA Jewelry)

Ebel lapis face watch

Onde watch with 36 mm stainless steel case, lapis dial, quartz movement, 0.039 ct. t.w. diamonds, dual-sided antireflective sapphire crystal, and alligator leather strap, $2,950; Ebel

Raymond Weil watch

Maestro Lady Phase de Lune watch from the Noemia collection with 36 mm stainless steel case set with diamonds, a mother-of-pearl dial, and a blue alligator leather strap, $4,595; Raymond Weil

Bedat watch with jade face

Watch with 18k rose gold case, jade dial, 3.42 cts. t.w. diamond hour markers and diamond (including on the buckle), and a red satin strap fitted, $71,300; Bedat

Bedat watch with pink opal face

Watch in 18k white gold with a pink opal dial, 3.41 cts. t.w. diamond hour markers and accents (including on the buckle), and a gray satin strap, $73,275; Bedat

Van Cleef & Arpels watch

Lady Arpels Une journée à Monaco Poetic Complication watch in 18k white gold with turquoise, lapis lazuli, and mother-of-pearl dial, diamonds, automatic movement, mother and daughter motifs in gold, price TBD*; Van Cleef & Arpels

* To be auctioned off at the Only Watch charity auction on Sept. 28 at the Hôtel Hermitage in Monaco [Proceeds benefit the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy.]

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