Audemars Piguet has made four of these new snow-set diamond watches

Royal Oak Selfwinding 34 and Royal Oak Selfwinding 37, both available in 18k white gold or 18k pink gold and both entirely set with brilliant-cut diamonds ranging from 0.5mm to 2.2mm in diameter. The 34mm versions have 2,255 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 6.6 carats) whereas the 37mm models include 2,123 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 7.2 carats), spread across the case, crown, bezel, dial, and bracelet. What’s more, the dials of all four pieces are also home to 13 baguette-cut diamond hour markers.

Audemars Piguet has made four of these new snow-set diamond watches

Snow setting is the method of taking different-sized diamonds to create an irregular, yet cohesive, pattern. Think different-shaped snowflakes all coming together to cover the ground in glorious bright white. It sounds simple in theory, but managing to blanket a surface with a mosaic of diamonds in varying sizes is no easy feat. However, when done right, it results in a dramatic display that, if I may argue, is more visually interesting than uniformly diamond-paved surfaces. To be clear, this isn’t the first time Audemars Piguet has used snow-set diamonds — the 2015 Diamond Punk and 2017 Diamond Outrage high jewelry pieces already showcased the arduous technique. However, these are the first Royal Oaks to get this dazzling treatment.

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Glistening watch breaks record with 17,524 diamonds

Watch breaks record with 17,524 diamonds

Renani Jewels (India) has broken the dazzling Guinness World Records title for the most diamonds set on a watch in Meerut, India as verified on 29 December 2022.

The construction of this sparkly piece of jewellery started with hand drawn sketches to work out the design of the watch.

After the initial design was finalized, it was recreated in 3D as a computer-aided-design (CAD) and then printed.

All the diamonds were then meticulously placed onto the watch and it took five different forms of polishing to give it the desired look.

The watch is named Srinkia – the watch of good fortunes. Inspired by ancient Indian mythology, Srinkia means flower.

According to founder and CEO Harshit Bansal, it also signifies the Indian goddess of wealth and good fortunes – Lakshmi.

The end watch has 17,512 white diamonds and 12 black diamonds.

This beat the previous record set by Aaron Shum Jewelry Ltd. (Hong Kong) with 15,858 diamonds back in December 2018.

These diamonds were authenticated by an International Gemological Institute Lab (IGI) certificate to determine that actual diamonds were used.

The main challenge faced by Renani Jewels was the procurement of a huge quantity of diamonds with the same colour, size, shape and clarity.

To verify the record, each individual diamond had to be counted in the presence of a jewellery and diamond expert.

In accordance with GWR’s guidelines, the diamond had to be sourced from producers that are certified by the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS), which prevents “conflict” diamonds from entering the mainstream market.

The end watch weighs 373.30 grams and is completely wearable.

Diamond records have proved popular in India, with the most diamonds set on a ring being broken by SWA Diamonds last May.

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Audemars Piguet Goes Crazy With Gems on 20 New Royal Oaks

AP is amping up the bling with a series of watches decked out entirely in precious stones.

It’s raining bling! Audemars Piguet CEO François-Henri Bennahmias isn’t holding back before his impending departure from the brand in 2023. Instead, true to his persona, he’s upping the ante for the Q4 celebrations of the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary with a flashy lineup of 20 Royal Oak Selfwinding Rainbow pieces (10 in 41 mm and 10 in 37 mm) fully set—from the dial to the bezel to the case to the bracelet—in emeralds, rubies, tourmalines, tanzanites, tsavorites, chrysoberyls and spessartites. Unlike other “rainbow” watches, these are arranged in monochrome settings such as a fully yellow chrysoberyl-set version to one dressed in solid rubies.

Adding to the difficulty in setting the variations of stones is that each watch had to be adjusted according to the typology, hardness and other specifics according to the makeup of each type of stone. The baguette stones were also cut in 179 different sizes for the 41 mm version and 153 different sizes for the 37 mm iteration before being hand-polished.

To make sure the stones covered as much surface as possible, Audemars Piguet and Salanitro arranged them in an invisible setting—a jewelry technique in which as little metal as possible is revealed around the gems to give the appearance that they are floating—on the dial and bracelet links. To achieve this, tiny grooves were cut into the 18-karat white gold cases with the stones attached inside via hidden rails mounted in the metal. This kind of setting is notoriously difficult and only 10 out of 80 artisans at Salanitro’s studio are able to complete the task. They worked for a month and a half on the setting alone for each set.

The AP’s Royal Oak Selfwinding Rainbows contain the caliber 4309 for the 41 mm version—the most recent self-winding hours, minutes and seconds movement in this diameter—and the Caliber 5909 for the 37 mm model. The 5909 is based on the Caliber 5900, which first appeared this year in other Royal Oaks of the same case size. Like other 50th anniversary editions, these will also come with a 22-carat pink gold oscillating rotor that spells out “50 years.” The Audemars Piguet logo and “Swiss Made” label have been cautiously printed on the sapphire crystal so as not to interfere with the gems.

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Two 20-Carat Diamond Watches From Jaeger-LeCoultre Have World’s Smallest Movement

Jaeger-LeCoultre Bangle watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre has held the record for the world’s smallest mechanical movement – since 1929. The caliber 101, a mere 14mm long and less than 5mm wide, is still used today. It drives two new high jewelry models from the brand, the Snowdrop and the Bangle. Both are made of 18k pink gold and designed as bracelets, according to standards of high jewelry making, with integrated cases and movements. Each is set with about 20 carats of diamonds, all classified as IF-internally flawless to VVS clarity grade.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Snowdrop, with 20.9 carats of diamonds.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Snowdrop, with 20.9 carats of diamonds. JAEGER-LECOULTRE

The Snowdrop is set with of 904 diamonds, 204 of which are substantially sized pear-shaped gems. The remainder are classic brilliant cuts, for a total of 20.9 carats. The design was inspired by the white bell-shaped flowers of the same name that grow through the snow in the Vallee de Joux watchmaking district of Switzerland. The case is integrated with the manchette-style bracelet, with a circle of pear-shaped diamonds surrounding the dial to form a flower. Waves of diamonds repeat the petal pattern in perfect symmetry throughout the bracelet.Recommended For You

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Bangle watch, with 19.7 carats of diamonds.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Bangle watch, with 19.7 carats of diamonds. JAEGER-LECOULTRE

The diamonds in the center of the bracelet are set according to the griffe  or claw method, which minimizes the amount of metal surrounding the gem and allows more light to pass through from different angles. The bracelet’s structure is supported by two bands of gold with diamonds that are grain-set, a linear setting technique in which tiny beads of gold are pulled up from the surface of the metal and pushed over the stone to secure them. The gemsetting work for this piece represents 130 hours of work by Jaeger-LeCoultre artisans.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Bangle watch, with 19.7 carats of diamonds.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Bangle watch, with 19.7 carats of diamonds. JAEGER-LECOULTRE

The Bangle watch is a swirling, geometric Art Deco design with an interplay of symmetry and asymmetry. The bracelet is set with 996 diamonds totaling 19.7 carats, graduated in size to emphasize the sweeping, 3D curves of the design. Altogether, there are 144 griffe-set diamonds and 852 grain-set diamonds. The Bangle opens with a simple twist of each side. 

Setting diamonds into the Snowdrop watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Setting diamonds into the Snowdrop watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre. JAEGER-LECOULTRE

Over the past 90 years, Jaeger-Le Coultre’s caliber 101 has been used in jewelry watches under its own name as well as in creations by other high-end brands. These rare timepieces have graced the wrists of many notable women, including Queen Elizabeth II, who wore one for her coronation in 1953. The movement has benefited over the years from many improvements in materials and machining, but its dimensions and architecture remain unchanged. The present, fourth-generation movement, caliber 101/4 has 98 components (compared with the original 78).

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Diamonds Are A Watch’s Best Friend

Harry Winston

New models in Harry Winston’s Ocean Biretrograde collection reaffirm the brand’s status as one of the world’s most important purveyors of diamonds. Before the Swatch Group acquired Harry Winston in 2013, it was owned by Dominion Diamond company, the joint venture partner in Canada’s first diamond mine, Ekati, which entitled the company to first pick of run-of-mine gems.

Previous to that, it was owned by the Winston family. It was founded by Harry Winston, whose nickname, “the King of Diamonds,” resulted from his having acquired and sold some of the world’s top diamonds: the 726-carat Jonker; the 94.80-carat Star of the East (which he later sold to the Duchess of Windsor); and the storied 45.52-carat fancy blue Hope Diamond.

The Swatch Group has been careful to honor the legacy of Harry Winston, setting most ladies’ models, and some men’s, with diamonds new pieces in the Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 36mm collection and the more petite Emerald collection.

Diamond and black lacquer version in 18k gold of the Harry Winston Ocean Biretrograde Automatic 36mm collection.

The Emerald collection is named after the shape of founder Harry Winston’s favorite diamond cut, the emerald. New 18k yellow and white gold models are ideal cocktail watches, at 18mm wide. They come with either a flexible Milanese woven bracelet or a classic satin double tour strap.

Diamond watch on a Milanese style woven bracelet from the Emerald collection by Harry Winston.

And now for the finale of the 2020 lineup: the Precious Cluster, set using Mr. Winston’s signature clustering technique with over seven carats of pear and trillion-cut diamonds, and the Winston Cluster, the high jewelry version with brilliant, marquise, and pear-cut diamonds totaling over 25 carats. The Cluster is a perfect response to the line, “Talk To Me Harry Winston!” from the 1953 song “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.”

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Lagos Unveils Second Set Of Apple Watch Jewelry Bracelets

LAGOS Apple watch bracelet

Almost a year after the successful launch of its first fine jewelry bracelets for the Apple Watch, the Lagos jewelry brand introduced the second generation of its Smart Caviar collection, designed specifically for the smart watch.

Known for its signature Caviar beaded designs, Lagos offers a set of luxury bracelets that transitions the sporty look of the Apple Watch to a piece of fine jewelry, the company said in a statement. The newest models are available in stainless steel, a two-tone version in stainless steel and 18K yellow gold, and stainless steel with jewelry-grade, scratch-resistant black ceramic.

The Lagos Smart Caviar fine jewelry bracelets are not approved, endorsed or affiliated with Apple, Inc. They are created as a design solution to craft a more elegant and stylish fine jewelry alternative for the popular Apple Watch.

According to Lagos, these bracelets are versatile enough for daily wear and for any occasion. They are designed to slip easily in and out of the Apple Watch face. They come with a sizing tool and extra links for a proper fit.

“I love exploring different materials to bring beautiful and functional solutions to our customers,” said Steven Lagos, founder and creative director of the Philadelphia-based fine jewelry brand. “With Smart Caviar, women can benefit from the functionality of the Apple Watch without sacrificing their personal style.”

Steven Lagos adds that Smart Caviar is designed to be layered with other Lagos jewels.

The new collection of Smart Caviar watch bracelets can be purchased at, the Lagos flagship boutique in Philadelphia, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and independent jewelers throughout the country. Bloomingdale’s for now has exclusive access to the black ceramic model. Nordstrom and are selling the stainless steel and two-tone versions. All of the stainless steel styles will be available November 1.

These new styles join the sterling silver designs, including models that combine sterling silver with yellow gold and diamonds, introduced September, 2018, in an exclusive promotion with Bloomingdale’s. They sold much faster than expected during the two-month run. The company has since made them widely available.

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