When it comes to selecting a wristwatch of the highest quality and the finest pedigree, you do not have to look any further than the first-rate timepieces from master jewelers along the lines of Chopard, Bvlgari and De Grisogono. Exceptional, highly sought-after watches from these pre-eminent jewelers are the focus of this week’s Watch Collection Essentials.
Chopard is a Swiss jeweler celebrated for their breathtaking diamond and gemstone jewelry collections, as well as premium crafted timepieces for men and women. The brand founded in 1860 by watchmaker Louis-Ulysse Chopard, started producing intricate pocket watches before expanding its product lines to include luxury jewelry and wrsitwatches in the decades that followed.
The Happy Diamond women’s watch introduced by Chopard in 1976 brought the brand international acclaim and prominence. This innovative and captivating timepiece featured five bezel-set high-quality diamonds “floating” between two sapphire crystals above the watch dial. It led to the introduction of the brand’s most successful Happy Sport watch series, as well as additional Chopard jewelry collections featuring floating diamonds.
The Chopard Happy Sport women’s watch in lustrous 18K rose gold remains faithful to the classic Happy Diamond style with five shimmering bezel-set diamonds floating above the iridescent Mother-of-Pearl dial with rose gold-tone sword hands, raised baton and Roman numeral hour markers.
The graceful perfectly round case and intricate vertical link bracelet in 18K rose gold are highly polished to a mirror bright-glow. Decorative fluted detail on the 18K rose gold crown adds distinction. Features include premium Swiss-made quartz movement inside and water-resistance to 30 meters or 100 feet. Chopard Happy Sport women’s watch is 30mm in diameter and 10mm thick.
The Chopard Imperiale Automatic men’s watch offers impeccable craftsmanship matched to superlative precision and design. The lustrous, highly polished case in premium grade stainless steel is presented on the handsome horizontal link bracelet in highly polished, premium grade stainless steel. A cabochon cut amethyst stone tops the highly polished stainless steel crown.
The stationary bezel with a raised polished steel top ring surrounds the chronograph dial with a silver colored outer dial, Mother-of-Pearl center dial, black outlined luminous hands and raised luminous hour markers. Features include an automatic date window at the 4 o’clock hour, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour sub-dials.
Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, water-resistance to 50 meters or 165 feet and precise Swiss-made automatic movement inside. Chopard Imperiale men’s chronograph is 40mm in diameter and 9mm thick.
Bvlgari has been producing exquisitely crafted fine jewelry since the brand was founded in Rome, Italy during in 1884 by Greek jeweler Sotirio Voulgaris, whose name was phonetically changed to Bvlgari when he arrived in Italy several years earlier.
Greek and Roman inspiration along with Italian Renaissance influence were incorporated in Bvlgari’s jewelry designs, which grew in popularity as the brand expanded its operations in Italy and later internationally.
In 1980 Bvlgari entered the world of horology opening a Swiss watch factory in Neuchatel, Switzerland. Bvlgari produces their own watch calibers, parts and movements at their Neuchatel facility, while incorporating their innovative Italian designs into truly unique and distinctive timepieces.
The Bvlgari Diagono Automatic women’s watch pays homage to the brand’s classic jewelry designs with the BVLGARI name engraved in Roman lettering on the top and bottom on the round stationary bezel. The perfectly round case in satin finished stainless steel has a architecturally inspired look with column design lugs. The genuine black alligator strap has a deployment clasp for added convenience and security.
The black textured dial shines with luminous skeleton hands, baton and Roman numeral hour markers. A window at the 3 o’clock hour reveals the automatic date calendar. Features include a screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 30 meters, along with premium Swiss-made automatic movement inside. Bvlgari Diagono women’s watch is 35mm in diameter and 10mm thick.
De Grisogono is renowned for introducing dramatic and hauntingly beautiful black diamonds in their opulent and imaginative jewelry collections in the early 1990’s under the helm of designer and proprietor Fawaz Gruosi. Chopard commissioned Gruosi to create the Ice Cube jewelry watch collection a few years later, which was met with widespread praise and popularity. Under Gruosi’s direction, De Grisogono launched their first watch collection in 2000, featuring the originality and dramatic characteristics the brand is famous for.
The De Grisogono Instrumento Uno Chronographe offers impeccable Swiss craftsmanship along with modern, streamlined contemporary design. This outstanding Swiss-made men’s timepiece features the impressive square-shaped case and matching horizontal I-link bracelet in highly polished premium-grade stainless steel. A skeleton crystal case back lets you see the intricate Swiss automatic movement inside.
The handsome black dial features three integrated subdials, luminous sword hands, baton and highly stylized Arabic numeral hour markers. Features small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers. Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. De Grisogono Instrumento Uno men’s chronograph is 33mm wide and 11mm thick.