Pairing the best new jewels with women’s watches to suit every style.
Over the first weekend of June each year, the jewelry world descends upon Las Vegas to preview the latest creations from hundreds of designers. Judging by the collections debuted there, the forecast for the rest of 2018 is especially brilliant. Just as women’s watches have had something of a renaissance over the past few years, with more lust-worthy timepieces than ever before, fine jewelry is experiencing a creative boom. An influx of new talents are reimagining jewelry staples for the modern woman, offering innovative, original jewels that are more than the sum of their karats.
Here, we’ve selected five of the best new designs from jewelry’s brightest stars and teamed them with five of our favorite women’s watches. Whether your tastes run toward the opulent or understated, these pieces prove that pairing watches and jewelry can be an exercise in self-expression.
Bulgari’s bold triple-wrap Seprenti is for those who aren’t afraid to make a statement. Why not double down on the glam factor by wearing it with Cadar’s shoulder-dusting earrings? These plumes feature bars of brightly polished gold that shimmy and shake to catch the light as you move — ideal for dancing the night (or day) away. Cadar 18k yellow gold earrings, $6,600; cadar.com. Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas, $13,800; troverie.com
Brazilian designer Fernando Jorge’s necklace riffs on a traditional silhouette by setting diamonds in graduated discs of Tagua nut, a new sustainable alternative to ivory. Elegant yet unexpected, it’s a perfect match for Blancpain’s ladylike Ultraplate. This timeless duo lends a quiet brilliance to everything from office attire to little black dresses. Fernando Jorge diamond and Tagua necklace, launching this fall; fernandojorge.co.uk. Blancpain Ultraplate, $17,000; troverie.com
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Since launching her brand some two years ago, Brent Neale has quickly become synonymous with whimsical, playful designs like this pendant featuring a door of carved white agate surrounded by a rainbow of colored gems. For the girl who defies convention, try pairing it with Tag Heuer’s ceramic Aquaracer for a look that is the height of laid-back luxe. Brent Neale white agate, pink tourmaline, citrine, peridot, blue topaz and amethyst pendant, $7,450; brentneale.com. Tag Heuer Aquaracer, $2,400; troverie.com
Some of the best jewelry finds beauty in clean, sculptural lines — like this piece from Spinelli Kilcollin featuring three sterling silver rings, connected by yellow gold links and free from embellishment except for a smattering of diamonds in the pattern of a zodiac constellation. And when it comes to watches, few models can compete with the chic restraint of NOMOS Glasshütte Orion with its bright white dial and sleek silver indexes. Spinelli Kilcollin Neptune ring, $2,800; spinellikilcollin.com. NOMOS Glasshütte Orion White, $2,360; troverie.com
Breguet’s Reine de Naples has a regal heritage (the style was the first wristwatch ever created, commissioned by the Queen of Naples in 1812) that finds a contemporary counterpoint in these sumptuous earrings by the Greek designer Nikos Koulis. We love the way that the watch’s unique egg-shaped dial is complemented by the geometric cuts of these diamonds, made all the more graphic when framed with black enamel. Nikos Koulis one-of-a-kind earrings with diamonds and enamel, price upon request; https://nikoskoulis.gr/. Breguet, Reine de Naples,$36,100; troverie.com