Professional Jeweler Archive: Sparkling Faces

May 2003

Timepieces/New Products

Sparkling Faces

Dials, bezels and cases show their brilliance

Introductions of diamond-set watches continue uninterrupted thanks to strong demand at the sales counter. Check out these examples.

– by Michael Thompson

The Hermès Tandem is now made with a bezel coated with 40-66 VVS diamonds, depending on the model size. The cases come in white or yellow gold, have mother-of-pearl dials and are attached to a gold bracelet or crocodile strap available in 13 colors.

Hermès, New York City; (212) 759-7585,

Michele curves the case with this model from its Coquette Diamond collection. As with all models, straps of various colors and materials are available and are quickly changed without tools.

Michele Watches, Miami, FL; (305) 650-9771,

This slim automatic Villeret from Blancpain features bezel and markers adorned with diamonds. The seconds dial is a retrograde or “swing back” complication. The hand flips to zero every 30 seconds.

Blancpain, Weehawken, NJ; (201) 271-1400,

The Excessive Medium line from Balmain adds 14 steel models, each set with 28 diamonds or 28 pink or blue sapphires. The dial is white, pink, blue or decorated with Balmain’s exclusive arabesque design.

Balmain,Weehawken, NJ; (908) 233-9258,

From Montblanc, this new gold version of the Lady Profile has diamonds along each side and on the dial. Also sold in steel.

Montblanc, Murray Hill, NJ; (908) 508-2300,

The Tonneau Lady Joaillerie by Jaquet Droz features 10 diamond hour markers, two diamond-set numerals and the option of a bezel set with 62 diamonds (shown).

Jaquet Droz, Weehawken, NJ; (201) 241-1400,

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