As buds burst and nature blossoms, watchmakers offer a riot of color in pieces that bloom on the wrist.
FROM LEFT Richard Mille offers a pop of pink this season with this special RM 07-01 ($110,000). The classic tonneau-shaped case is crafted from pink ceramic and red gold and houses a skeletonized dial. The automatic calbire CRMA2 movement is exclusive to this timepiece. The inner-dial glitters with pavé diamonds and has luminescent red gold hour and minute hands with drop-shaped hour batons. Available at Geneva Seal, 112 E. Oak St., 312-944-3100
Classic elegance and colorful éclat define this Cartier Clé de Cartier 35mm ($29,100). The rhodiumized 18k white gold case is set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The watch features a Manufacture self-winding, mechanical movement, caliber 1847MC. A flainqué sunray effect brings depth to a dial that is elegantly offset by blue-steel sword shaped hands. The fuchsia pink alligator strap adds a dramatic burst of color. Available at Marshall Pierce, 960 N Michigan Ave., 312-642-4299
Haute horology pops with colorful interest in the elegant Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady- Datejust ($17,500). The 18ct yellow gold case features a bezel set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds and a shimmering Jubilee bracelet. It has a 2236 self-winding, mechanical movement that is manufactured entirely by Rolex and offers a 55-hour power reserve. Available at James & Sons, 1457 N. Halsted St., 773-327-8800
“April… hath put a spirit of youth in everything,” wrote William Shakespeare in “Sonnet 98.” Indeed, the boundless energy of nature’s rebirth has been an inspiration for artists since the beginning of time. And like the Bard, some of the world’s finest watchmakers use springtime as an occasion to express their artistic skill in pieces that celebrate color and high style on the outside and engineering excellence on the inside. Shimmering precious metals, mother-of-pearl accents, and dazzling gemstones enhance the hues of the season. These creations may measure time, but like a beautifully turned sonnet, their appeal is timeless.