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Designer Watches

All Wound Up
May 21, 2014
By , Associate Editor

Of the two top reasons we love the watch, the first is that it never goes out of style. Unlike the controversial kitten heel, the watch is, ironically, timeless. The second reason is that the any watch worth wearing calls for jewels, jewels and more jewels. Forget the diamond earrings and necklace. You’ve got all the bling you need right in your hands – the hour and second ones, that is.

The glare of a hundred blinged-out watches kept this weekend’s TimeCrafters aglow. If you’re unfamiliar with TimeCrafters, it’s an annual three-day watch event showcasing the most extravagant in world-class timepieces. In celebration of a good old-fashioned splurge, we Galavanted right over to its camp at the Park Avenue Armory for a VIP peek. And while we weren’t disappointed with any of the high-powered models, we’re geeking out on the following:

Available in gold or platinum, any watch by A. Lange & Söhne is an exquisite possession. The Glashütte, Germany, factory crafts only a few thousand watches per year, making each a rare gem all its own. But none are as coveted as the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna, whose orbital moon-phase display appears through a caseback of sapphire crystal.

Simple at a distance, the Frédérique Constant Limited Production Slimline Moonphase is pretty dazzling on closer inspection. Created by master Swiss watchmakers, the stainless-steel case is finished in rose gold. Also in precious metal are the hands of the dial, protected by a convex sapphire crystal.

Chopard is the gold standard in haute horlogerie, and the French company has set a new standard in gold. In partnership with the Alliance for Responsible Mining, the L.U.C Tourbillon Qualité Fleurier Fairmined meets the eponymous Fairmined standard for ethical gold extraction. Satin-brushing and polishing adds radiance to the surface, but it’s the backstory that really makes it shine.