Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


The 10 best new investment-worthy jewelry watches for 2023

WATCH collectors love to debate the merits of triple-axis tourbillons and high-frequency calibers, but mention a gem-set watch, and their eyes tend to glaze over. Even a masterpiece of jeweling is routinely dismissed as just “a ladies’ watch.” But it’s time jeweled watches got some of the merit they deserve, and these 10 new pieces may be the tipping point.

Their merits are many: Diamonds and gemstones have a high intrinsic value that, when added to watches, renders them automatically investment-worthy. And improvements in gem setting techniques have amped up the dazzle factor. Increasingly, there’s been a greater interest in jeweled watches for men — top brands like Bulgari are now introducing jeweled pieces designed for male consumers.

Setting gems into a timepiece is a task as demanding as any that a master watchmaker faces when assembling a grand complication. Techniques have evolved in recent years, with the aim of creating maximum brilliance when light enters a diamond and bounces off one of the side or lower facets at just the right angle. The more metal that surrounds the stone, the more it will absorb rather than reflect light, so the idea is to minimize the metal, either by using a variation of the raised prong setting or cutting away some of the metal around the gems.

It’s an alternative to the convention of setting gems directly into the case, surrounded by metal on all sides. A jewelry watch can take hundreds of hours to set — it might be easier, and faster, to make a minute repeater.

Jewelry watches hold or appreciate in value because diamonds and gemstones are commodities in their own right that can be sold separately. They add intrinsic value to a watch, giving them an edge on the secondary market. “We are seeing more jeweled timepieces at auction,” says Rémi Guillemin, head of watches for Christie’s Europe. “Many men’s as well as women’s wristwatches are now bejeweled. They are now part of the catalogs of many more manufacturers due to the increasing demand from collectors for these models. As a result, prices are increasing in the secondary market and at auction.”

The following 10 new jewelry watches collectively represent recent innovations in design, cutting, setting and creative color matching. Wear them with jeans for a high-low vibe or on the red carpet with a tux or a gown.

At 17.1mm wide and 24.8mm long, this isn’t a big watch, but every surface is set with gems in a dainty, open arrangement that lets in plenty of light. The double line bracelet includes a strand of diamonds and another of sapphires. The case is set with sapphires, emeralds and tourmalines, framing a dial paved with 130 diamonds totaling 0.64 carats and a small tourmaline. The movement is quartz. It is a numbered edition of 15, priced at $185,000.

True to its name, the Aura radiates light from every angle. Every gem is individually cut and calibrated to fit together like a seamless puzzle. Piaget says it took eight months to gather the sapphires in the desired graduation of colors. The gem setting took another 260 hours. Ultrathin claws allow the stones to capture maximum light. A unique piece, the Aura contains the Piaget 430P ultrathin hand-wound movement. Price on request.

The Ocean is billed as Harry Winston’s sport model, which it describes as suitable for “everyday wear,” but this version is clearly made for days that are more special than others. Every surface but the date index and the moon phase disk is set, for a total of 40 carats of round-brilliant and baguette diamonds. Even the rotor is set with 26 diamonds. Limited to five pieces. Price on request.

The diamonds on this whimsical watch are snow-set, a type of pavé setting with random sizes on a surface that often creates a specific outline — in this case, a pixelated motif. The case is black ceramic and 18-karat white gold. The watch is set with 240 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 1.30 carats. It’s part of the J12 Interstellar capsule collection, in a limited edition of 55 pieces. Price on request.

This men’s jeweled secret watch is designed in a seascape-with-octopus scene. It’s part of a full high jewelry and watch collection designed to celebrate Mediterranean shorelines, with bright, vibrant gems. The peekaboo cover is set with diamonds, Paraiba tourmalines and sapphires and opens to reveal a watch with the manual BVL 268 SK flying tourbillon. Price on request.

This art deco pendant watch reinterprets Jaeger’s flagship collection, the Reverso. It’s set with 3,000 diamonds totaling more than 18 carats set into the chain and case. The supple chain is made of diamond-set links and polished onyx beads. The case and dial are set with onyx and diamonds, front and back. Price on request.

The Reine De Naples, Breguet’s flagship in its ladies’ collection, is distinctive for its feminine oval shape, and this pink version doubles the vibe. The case is 18-karat rose gold, and the dial is pink grand feu enamel. The diamond application is subtle, with the bezel setting matched by diamonds along the flange. The buckle is set with another 28 diamonds, and an oval diamond at 6 o’clock mirrors the case shape. $38,300

A study in pear-shaped diamonds posed as flower petals, this masterpiece is set with 25.87 carats of pears, 21.65 carats of octagon-cut emeralds and 2.43 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds. The hands are matched to the very clean, high-color emeralds. The movement is quartz. Price on request.

For some brands, a jeweled pendant watch would be an anomalous one-off, but for master jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, it is a full collection with six gem options, including three exotic hardstones: The covers can be set with sapphire, emerald, ruby or a choice of chalcedony, sodalite or rose quartz. Dials are mother-of-pearl surrounded by a ring of diamonds. Prices on request.

Designed after a belt-themed bracelet created by the company in 1934, the Ludo’s buckle-motif case-surround is set with 5.68 carats of perfectly matched pink sapphires, cut to fit. The 18-karat rose gold mesh-style bracelet covers the dial but flips up at the press of a button to reveal the time against a guilloched mother-of-pearl background. $148,000. — Bloomberg

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



The province of Pangasinan wants to expand the range of products offered by its small and medium-sized businesses for the global market, moving beyond...


Instagram and Facebook users in the EU could face a charge of up to €13 a month if they refuse to sign up to...


BANGKOK — Thailand will restore confidence in its critical tourism sector, officials said on Wednesday, a day after a shooting spree at a luxury...


AT A World Trade Organization (WTO) event in September, former British prime minister Gordon Brown voiced out loud the fear that has quietly started...


KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia will call on ASEAN’s main rice supplying nations to prioritize the bloc’s member countries amid concerns over rising prices and...


TAIPEI — China has “very diverse” ways of interfering in Taiwan’s elections in January, from military pressure to spreading fake news, including manipulating opinion...

You May Also Like

Top News

As the world seeks sustainable and energy-efficient solutions for heating and cooling, the heat pump market is experiencing a significant surge. According to the...


The Toto site’s user-friendly interface makes it easy for both beginners and experienced gamblers to navigate through the various features. “¸ÔÆ¢Æú¸®½º site is a...


Almost 100 jobs are thought to be under threat at smart home energy technology manufacturer myenergi. The Grimsby firm, named one of the UK’s...


JUNIOR FERREIRA-UNSPLASH The Philippines is a very small power market by ASEAN standards, with market demand peaking at 15 gigawatts (GW) compared to Thailand’s...

Disclaimer:, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.