In just a few days, we’ll be saying goodbye to the extraordinary year that 2020 has been to welcome 2021 with open arms. So if you’re looking to start the new year with positivity, optimism and, dare we say it, cheer, what better than a spot of colour therapy to chase the blues away (and keep them there)? Bursting with a rainbow spectrum of vivid colours, thanks to a decadent array of vibrant gems, these precious watches are just what the doctor prescribed to keep your mood up and your style popping.
Digging in deep into its nautical heritage, this 35.8mm white gold watch is named after a Mediterranean seagrass, which is artfully “illustrated” through its undulating lines on the dial – achieved through marquetry and the invisible setting of the baguette-cut stones. Available in four variations – diamond, emerald, sapphire and the ruby shown here – each timepiece bears 270 baguette-cut stones on their mother-of-pearl dial.
Marine Haute Joaillerie 9509 Poseidonia – Ruby watch in white gold with rubies, sapphires and diamonds, by Breguet
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The beloved Serpenti collection by the Italian Maison has always stood for rebirth, reinvention and new starts, which makes this latest incarnation of the Serpenti a worthy torchbearer for the range. Featuring a decadent array of stones in a variety of gem-cuts, this wrist-taker presents the brand’s signature maximalist approach with maximum flair. Expect round, oval, pearl, square and other fancy-cuts adding their refractions to the absolutely heady mix. (There’s also another blue-hued number available.)
Serpenti Incantati Rainbow watch in gold with rubies, sapphires, tsavorites, garnet, spinels and diamonds, by Bvlgari
One year after its debut and this collection has been expanded with six new editions to its ranks—each of just 28 piece each. Inspired by a beloved childhood toy of the late Mr Winston (and many of us too, to be honest), this watch has an intricate symmetrical pattern on its multi-layered dial that sees the New York jeweller doing what it does best: Painting with precious materials with sophisticated finesse.
Premier Kaleidoscope Automatic 36mm watch in rose gold with mother-of-pearl cabochons and diamonds, by Harry Winston
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Tapping on the rainbow’s symbolism for joy, optimism and peace, Hublot’s 2020 prism-hued editions make for the perfect couple watch, thanks it its matching eye-catching colours. The 42mm and 39mm automatic models are crafted in the brand’s proprietary King Gold and dressed in a spectrum of colours that extend to their rubber-alligator combo straps. The only concern we foresee are arguments on who gets to wear the 42mm with its chronograph skeleton movement.
Spirit of Big Bang Rainbow 42mm and 39mm watches in King Gold with rubies, sapphires, topazes, tsavorites and amethysts, by Hublot
“Rainbow” and “understated” are two words that are rarely placed in proximity to each other in a sentence, but that’s exactly what Parmigiani delivers with this beauty. Restricting the multi-hued exuberance of the seven-coloured band to its bezel (there’s 40 baguette-cut stones) and on its dial (there’s 31 surrounding the aventurine glass element; accompanied by 572 snow-set diamonds), this 40.2mm number is equipped with an ultra-thin movement crowned with a revered flying tourbillon.
Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow watch in rose gold with rubies, sapphires, tsavorites and amethysts, by Parmigiani
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If this watch makes you want to hit the dance floor, belting out ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” at the top of your lungs, then Richard Mille has done what it set out to do: Deliver the exhilarating disco glamour of the 70s with fun and polish. To drive the point home, the brand has unveiled 10 editions, each with a riot of gemstones and befittingly named after a disco queen – Diana Ross, Grace Jones and Donna Summers included. But pretty looks is not all that makes this timepiece a winner: This talisman is powered by the brand’s CRMT1 movement, which took 1,000 hours to develop. Each design is limited to just 7 pieces.
RM 71-02 Automatic Tourbillon Talisman – Gloria watch in white gold with sapphires, spinels, spessartites, opal, onyx, hematite and diamonds, by Richard Mille