Once the purview of 18th century teen queens, the jewelry watch is now de rigueur for nearly every watch brand offering. While many ladies’ watches have diamonds, most serious gem-covered pieces are made in small quantities. Many are unique, and that easily catapults them into another realm. But adding sparkle for femininity’s sake is no longer enough—women now expect pieces as serious in their horlogical mechanics as the gents. A peek through the domed sapphire crystal of MB&F’s LM Flying T proves they aren’t just resting their laurels on the appeal of a diamond-set case.
Making a jewelry watch is no longer about lining up gems along the bezel. It takes a unique design, and one or all of the following: more diamonds, bigger diamonds, unique settings, special cuts and above all, perfect workmanship and technical gravitas. In uncertain times, quality is always something to be counted on. It’s a better investment, and it just makes you feel good. But a little showmanship doesn’t hurt either.
Here are six jewelry watches that would have made Marie Antoinette’s head spin.