A jewelry watch simply should not be worn to the beach, at the tennis courts, or at the unified school district where you’re scheduled to hand your donation. Jewelry watches are reserved for cocktail parties, charity balls, and at Christie’s auctions.
This is because jewelry watches are a statement of style and taste, and part of that is knowing when to accessorize appropriately. If your jewelry watch is minimally studded with precious stones, the more versatile it becomes, and you can even wear it to the boardroom.
Jewelry watches are understandably expensive (from $5,000 to upwards of $20,000) because it takes time to find and match precious stones for your timepiece – these stones have to perfectly fit the design, need to be of the same clarity, color, and size, and are painstakingly handcrafted by artisans onto the watch.
How to Choose?
If you’re on the lookout for jewelry watches, your best bets would be the classics from the more popular name brands such as Rolex and Omega. If you aren’t looking to spend too much on your first jewelry watch, at least look for either a vintage model, which may give the impression that you’re a collector and that you chose that particular model because you searched far and wide for it, or find a piece that is freshly out in the market.
Another alternative would be to purchase a pre-owned jewelry watch that is classified as a “classic.” A few examples of these jewelry watches are: models from the Christian Dior Mother-of-Pearl series or the Raymond Weil Parsifal for ladies, and the Breguet Classique for men. The Piaget Citea for ladies is also a good choice. It evokes understated elegance with its round yellow gold case, gold strap, and a simple yet stunning diamond-studded bezel.
White gold is also an attractive alternative, such as the models in the Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Series. Its hands are set with a luminous coating to enable the owner to read the time in the dark. It is diamond-studded at the sides and a single-faceted diamond, approximately 0.05 carats, is set on the crown for a low-key but stylish effect.
A rose gold version of this model comes in a new dial color – Chocolate Dream – a warm and classy brown dial that enhances the case’s soft tone. The dials of both the rose gold and white gold editions are also set with diamonds that mark the hours, while gold roman numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock complete the look. The cases have a magnificent curved profile set onto hefty, solid bracelets whose clasps are decorated with the trademark Calatrava cross.
This attractive jewelry watch can set you back about $15,000 to $18,000, which is perhaps a good figure to start with when looking for a serious jewelry watch. However, the jewelry watch you choose doesn’t have to be ostentatious to be impressive. Choose a style that you’ll feel comfortable with. For jewelry watches, more may not necessarily be better.