Fancy having something in common with one of Coco Chanel's loves? An open face gold Breguet pocket watch that belonged to Paul Iribe will be auctioned on June 11 at Bonhams’ Fine Watches and Wristwatches Sale in London. Chanel met the illustrator and artist in Paris in the early Twenties, and the couple went on to create a jewellery collection commissioned by the International Guild of Diamond Merchants. The magic ended when Iribe collapsed and died while playing tennis at Chanel's French Riveira villa. If you're superstitious, maybe don't bid on this watch if you're a tennis player.
Rose gold is the current colour story for precious metal accessories, offering a softer alternative to the usual yellow gold and silver. Michael Kors ladies watches represent a particularly extensive collection of styles done in the rose, my favourite of which is this salmon-faced design contrasted with a tortoiseshell bracelet; however, the blush tones are not limited to women. Michael Kors mens watches also feature the hue which gets a more masculine treatment, presenting as a warm bronze.
This is the Dior VIII Grand Bal collection of watches from the 2011 AW season, inspired by Christian Dior's love of grand balls. It was produced in a limited edition of just 88 pieces in each of the five styles. The reason I'm featuring them now? I saw The Great Gatsby today and the designs on these faces - which oscillate as the watch keeps time - make me think of all that opulent and glittery art deco gorgeousness from the film. (By the way, if you haven't seen it yet, it's well worth a view on the big screen for the aesthetics alone.)
Ok, this one doesn't go on your wrist, but it is a creation borne out of an historic watchmaking partnership that was rekindled this year. This "retro-futurist" globe, called the Atmos clock, is the latest project between Hermès and Jaeger-LeCoultre. It boasts a hand-blown and carved enamel and crystal casing produced by Cristalleries the Saint-Louis, a subsidiary of Hermès, and was produced in a limited edition of 176, one for each year Hermès has existed. And unlike most clocks, you won't find it sitting silent and still on the mantel one day; the Atmos is a perpetual motion clock designed to last for 1000 years!
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