Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend but when it comes to men and diamonds the relationship is well… a little more complicated. Yes, a watch may be the only acceptable form of male jewellery that’s not a ring, but when it comes to watches adorned with ‘ice’ and fancy materials - most men tend to shy away.
But look a little harder and it’s good to see that beyond the ultra-bling of rappers’ watches there are actually some that male mere mortals can actually wear.
So if you’ve been working hard all year and putting in the hours maybe it’s time to reward yourself by investing in the ultimate accessory for men; a diamond watch?
Here are just a few of the options you may like to consider.
Let’s start with a Rolex. One of the most legendary of all sports watches, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona has won the hearts of watch fans and collectors worldwide. Here we have one that hits the sweet spot in terms of size at 40mm and which will satisfies the geeks with its distinctive inverted 6 in the lower subdial. The two-tone colour scheme is the backdrop for some very individual riffs on the Cosmograph theme. The pure white dial is beautifully balanced with elegant gold hand and those distinctive subdials. But the stars of this show are eight clear cut round brilliant diamonds factory set in yellow gold. At first glance, you’re looking at a Rolex Daytona. A closer look tells you that this one is very special.
Hublot don’t do understated, ever. But they do occasionally do casual, as evidenced by the denim dial and strap on this very striking Big Bang model. To my eye, not many watches manage to pull off a double dose of diamonds on both the dial and bezel but this beauty does it with aplomb. That bezel! It’s set with a row of blue baguette cut stones in various hues of blue which brings a touch of magic to an unashamedly sports oriented watch. Add to that eight applied diamond indices, a chunky H-shaped case, skeletonised brushed finished hands, plus chronograph functions and you have the perfect watch for beach duties. Just don’t forget your sunglasses when you’re glancing at the time.
If denim’s not your thing then how about this? Another stunner out of the house of Hublot comes in the shape of this green piece from the brand’s wildly popular Tutti Fruiti range. The greens work against the steel case which in turn is nicely contrasted by the titanium screws holding it all together. No diamonds on the dial here but instead a pared back look that allows the hands to do their work. But again, it’s the bezel that draws the eye with a sensational circle of pale green stones framing the action.
Villeret is the name of the village of Blancpain’s birth and the name that the brand gives to its most classical collection. This is the collection in which Blancpain brings together tradition, new materials and their passion for genuine watchmaking values to create exceptional watches. The Villeret collection is well regarded for the quality of its movements and on this amazing piece it forms the canvas to some stunning gem setting. There’s no dial here, just a fully decorated hand-wound movement that very quietly screams quality. I say that because this watch combines elements of sheer ostentation (diamonds everywhere) with an elegance and subtlety that is hard to resist.
Created originally over 30 years ago to meet the demands of the Frecce Tricolori aerobatics team, the Breitling Chronomat has been the watch of choice for the world’s greatest air squadrons. Chronometer certified automatic movement, check. Stainless steel case and bold bezel, check. Chronograph functions, check. All set then, except that this version of the watch then takes everything to new heights with a stunning mother of pearl dial and applied diamond markers. I doubt any squadron leader would rely on this particular Chronomat whilst at the controls but it wouldn’t stop me strapping it on and accessorising with a pair of Ray Ban Aviators.
Harry Winston entered the world of fine watchmaking nearly 30 years ago with a mission to combine a legacy of the finest craftsmanship with innovative designs and technological excellence. ‘Only the exceptional’ is the mantra that continues to inspire men’s and women’s watches that set new benchmarks in luxury. There’s a lot going on here; retrograde indicators, dials within dials, big date, moonphase and diamonds… lots of diamonds. As a package it’s bold brave and unmistakably HW in its display of dedication to technical and aesthetic excellence that makes Harry Winston watches so timeless.
Women tend to wear watches with diamonds for the way they make them look and the aesthetics. Men wear watches with diamonds for the way they make them feel. Pick any of these and you’re pretty much guaranteed to feel very, very good. Which is all that really matters.