The season's hottest/hautest timepieces are lighting up the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic materials, and extravagant designs.
Clockwise from left: Inspired by the classic cocktail that took the women of the 1930’s smart set by storm, Richard Mille’s Pink Lady Sapphire ($990,000) offers classic elegance and éclat. The bezel, caseband and case back are made from a solid piece of pink sapphire, which takes more than forty days to cut and finish. The result offers both dazzling form and incredible scratch-resistant function. The Shops at Crystals, 702-588-7272
Blancpain reinforces its tradition of innovation and flair for savoir-faire in this Day Night timepiece ($51,500). The diamond-studded bezel encases a mother-of-pearl dial set with 14 diamonds representing the stars, while the moon glows with 50 more diamonds that complement a shining sun of 50 yellow sapphires. The movement incorporates two retrograde indications. Horologio, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-733-0016
The Grande Seconde Sunstone by Jaquet Droz ($23,400) offers ethereal beauty that lights up the night. Sunstone, used to create the dial, carries both a solar and astral magic and adds a shimmering compliment to the elegant mother-of-pearl subdial. The 18k red-gold case encases a self-winding movement that has a power reserve of 68 hours. Limited to 88 pieces. Horologio, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-733-0016
This year’s Swiss watch fairs were a virtual design renaissance in the category of women’s high-end jewelry. As the weather cools and the nights grow longer, these timepieces are illuminating the season’s most elegant evenings with fanciful forms and fabulous gemstones that incorporate elements such as enameling, mother-of-pearl, and embroidery. Think of it as a midnight rendezvous of fine art and haute horology.