ML - Michigan Avenue

2013 - Issue 8 - December

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TIME HONORED Diamond Time DISCREET TAKES A BACKSEAT THIS SEASON, AS THE WORLD'S FINEST WATCHMAKERS ADORN WRISTS WITH RIBBONS OF FLOWING, FEMININE DIAMONDS. BY ROBERTA NAAS PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFF CRAWFORD 104 cut and clarity of the stones, in combination with the beautiful manner in which they are set, makes this timepiece a standout with the women visiting our boutique." For more watch features and expanded coverage go to MA From Graff Diamonds, this LadyGraff watch ($550,000) is expertly set with 61 diamonds on the dial and 109 on the bracelet totaling more than 43 carats. It was created in a limited edition of 20 pieces. 103 E. Oak St., 312-6041000; FROM LEFT: This Van Cleef & Arpels Farandole timepiece (price on request) is crafted in 18k white gold, with a diamond pavé dial and a bracelet adorned with a medley of fancy-cut diamonds. It houses a Swiss quartz movement. 933 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-8988; From Cartier, the Crash watch ($140,000) is crafted in 18k white gold and meticulously set with diamonds. It houses a mechanical manual-wind movement. By appointment only, 630 N. Michigan Ave., 312-266-7440; From Jacob & Co, this Ladies Boutique watch ($247,100) is crafted in 18k white gold and set with 25.07 carats of mixed-cut diamonds. Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, 112 E. Oak St., 312-944-3100; STYLING BY TERRY LEWIS D iamond watches have dazzled women for centuries—first as pendants and chatelaines, and later as wristwatches. Today's top makers take this concept to new heights of luxury, offering exquisite diamond timepieces that are feminine works of art. Creating haute diamond horological masterpieces is no easy task. It takes time to collect all the proper cuts, colors, and clarities to work together in a timepiece. In many cases, the diamond cuts used for watches are different from those used for jewelry, and the same is true of the settings. In fact, there are myriad diamond settings used exclusively in watchmaking to create flowing ribbons, scintillating flowers, and shimmering diamond-pavé dials. Often these watches command hundreds of hours of patient work by master gem setters, who fine-tune the settings and perfectly place every diamond by hand. That sensational handiwork is what makes these watches so personal and unique. "The Farandole timepiece is a stunning example of the maison's ability to combine both glamour and functionality," says Sheryl Dyer, boutique director of Van Cleef & Arpels Chicago. "Beyond simply telling time, the MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM 104_MA_SS_TimeHonored_Winter2014.indd 104 11/20/13 10:11 AM

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