Now this is a diamond watch.
Upon hearing the price of very expensive watches people assume the cost must be due to the overwhelming presence of precious jewels. Upon learning most of these timepieces actually have no jewels (aside from synthetic rubies in the movement) they are left in a state of confusion and bewilderment. An ensuing explanation about the complexity of watches, the time involved in making them, and the inherent exclusivity is required education before any such non-watch aficionados “get it.” Then again, you could opt to adorn a wrist watch like this where if price were mentioned (or merely assumed), any audience would need no explanation in fathoming this self-evident item of pure fortune crunching extremism. In almost too tiny a package for a king’s ransom, Blancpain is able to neatly pack a healthy amount of impressive jewel work in the 40mm wide white gold case of its newest flagship haute joaillerie watch for men. Too fancy for English, the Blancpain Spécialités Tourbillon Diamants timepieces nevertheless have a translation that is unmistakable. Certainly a specialty, production of the watch is limited, maybe even to one piece. Imagine the intense hours required simply to select the proper stones and then cut them. A close inspection of the dial, bezel, crown, and even the rear of the watch reveals a complex patterning of various baguette cut stones. Many of them (especially on the dial) are marginally tapered for an impressive sunburst array. There are even twelve conspicuous lines of diamonds formed on the dial to serve as hour markers. – From Haute Living
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.