Diamond set watches have a terrible disadvantage. Most people are so impressed by their visual impact and the price tag that comes along, that they forget how complicated it is to create such a marvel. The following watches are therefore first and foremost unique masterpieces that combine the noble art of watchmaking with that of diamond cutting and setting!
As one of the most prominent diamond traders in the world, it makes only sense that Graff also excels in diamond set watches. With the MasterGraff GyroGraff, they don’t make things easy for themselves, as they created a highly complex case and an even more complex dial. They show off their mastery by using only baguette cut diamonds that follow the intricate shapes of the case to a tee, and that without any metal to hold the stones visible.
The vast majority of diamonds set on watches is colourless. The reason for this is quite simple, as coloured diamonds are much rarer and therefore harder to find in sufficient quantity and quality to set a watch with. Jacob & Co, however, practised patience which along with their excellent sources resulted in the Brilliant Flying Tourbillon with yellow diamonds. An imposing piece, not only by its technical execution but also by the rarity of the diamonds used to create it.
Despite creating very sportive watches, Hublot has been able to completely integrated diamonds in them in a very natural way. As with Graff, they are able to follow the complicated shapes of the case by adapting cut shapes. The quality of the setting is evident from the lack of visible metal between the stones, which is only there where Hublot wants you to see it. Thanks to clever design Hublot also enables the watch to remain functional, at which the time can be read at a glance, and who’s setting accentuates the tourbillon but doesn’t outshine it.
The Zenith Defy El Primero 21 is not only a remarkable chronograph but is also available with an exceptional diamond setting. What makes this watch unusual is that Zenith opted for titanium as case material. This is a very difficult material to work with, and properly set the diamonds in. However, these challenges didn’t stop Zenith and the result is not only breathtaking but also featherlight, providing you with a unique wearing experience.
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