FrontRunners: Fashionably on Time

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With 149 baguette diamonds weighing a total of 15 carats, the Hermès Cape Cod 1928 Baguette (www.hermes.com) is the French fashion house’s most extravagant timepiece. The diamonds are set without any visible metal, and, despite the stones’ considerable heft, the watch appears sleek and elegant. Hermès has made only two examples of the $330,000 watch. In addition to diamonds, the timepiece features a self-winding Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier movement, which has 186 parts and a 55-hour power reserve, produces 28,800 vibrations per hour, and requires more than 200 hours to assemble and finish.

These designs dazzle with simple shapes presented in extravagant ways…
Photo by Michael Oldford
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The London jeweler employs rare fossilized wood to create her pieces…
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The exquisitely enigmatic gem shows its range in new designs…
A timeless gem is refreshed with extraordinary hues…
The New York–based jeweler prides himself on his nontraditional approach to jewelry design…
Photo by Emanuele Marietti
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