The season's hottest/hautest timepieces are lighting up the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic materials, and extravagant designs.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Patek Philippe introduced its Ref. 4968/400R Rose Gold Ladies Complications ($68,040) to great fanfare this spring. The manual-wind mechanical timepiece offers after-dark appeal from the stunning bezel and dial set with 587 graduated size diamonds and 12 rubies (which serve as hour markers), plus a beautiful moon phase subdial. The cherry red strap features a prong buckle set with 32 diamonds for a fabulous finish. Razny Jewelers, 1700 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, 847-432-5300
Hailed as Rolex’s premier jewelry watch at this year’s Baselworld watch fair, this Pearlmaster 39 ($123,750) features soft lines accentuated by 18k Everose gold. The dazzle of pavé diamonds on the dial as well as diamonds on the bezel and bracelet bring haute joaillerie to fine Swiss watchmaking with a 3235 Manufacture Rolex movement that is perpetually self-winding. This piece is also created in 18k yellow or white gold with sapphires or rubies. James and Sons Fine Jewelers, 1457 N. Halsted St., 773-327-8800
Inspired by the classic cocktail that took the women’s smart set of the 1930s by storm, Richard Mille’s Pink Lady Sapphire ($990,000) brings the elegance and eclàt of those free-spirited femmes to haute horology. The bezel, case band, and caseback are made from a solid piece of pink sapphire, which takes more than 40 days to cut and finish into shape. The result offers both dazzling form and incredible scratch-resistance. Geneva Seal, 112 E. Oak St., 312-944-3100
Introduced this spring at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, this Clé de Cartier ($85,000) from Cartier offers soft curves and minimalist lines created in 18k white gold and emblazoned with 795 round diamonds totaling 5.05 carats. The self-winding automatic watch houses the new Cartier Manufacture Movement, caliber 1847MC. CD Peacock at Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie, 847-679-1837