Gorgeous white diamond rings, huge baroque pearls, chokers and flowing chains of precious gemstones made this year’s Oscars – The 88th Academy Awards – one of the best for fine jewels… so what’s going on with high jewellery watches?
We refuse to believe that these sophisticated, glammed-up Hollywood starlets wouldn’t want to grace their wrists with a diamond-set timepiece, so we’ve completed some of the best looks of the night with our chosen haute joaillerie watches.
Canary yellow is complemented by Breguet
Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander said she was inspired by Belle from Beauty and the Beast when it came to choosing her bright yellow Louis Vuitton ball gown. Although her white diamond earrings and ring were stunning, we would have opted for this Breguet L’Orangerie wristwatch with diamonds, garnets, rubies, yellow sapphires and pink tourmalines for a touch of contrast.
Irish green is highlighted with De Grisogono and Backes & Strauss
Oscar-nominated actresses Saoirse Ronan and Rachel McAdams both opted for mossy dark green dresses by Calvin Klein and August Getty Atelier for the red carpet, with Saoirse even wearing asymmetric emerald and diamond earrings by Chopard.
To add a bit of Irish charm (by way of a Swiss luxury jeweller) we would have added these lovely green numbers. The one on the left is the Sugar S10, featuring a rose gold case with emeralds and a green mother of pearl dial, while the sparkly option on the right is the Piccadilly Princess Royal Emerald Green watch by Backes & Strauss.
Pastel punk wows with Cartier
Cate Blanchett always looks incredible, but hearts fluttered at the sight of her stunning feathered Armani Privé mermaid gown studded with Swarovski crystals. Despite the feminine look of her dress, Cate added a bit of rock ‘n’ roll with her Tiffany & Co jewels, which were less soft and more striking.
We’d continue the statement accessories theme with this Cartier Serpent D’Eau Mysterieux watch in 18ct white gold with diamonds, turquoises, chrysophrases and onyx.
Regal red meets Parmigiani
Charlize Theron was a vision in a red Christian Dior at this year’s Oscars – check out that plunging neckline! Her Harry Winston diamond necklace is show-stopping, but a lovely watch would have added that extra touch of class. This Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette ladies’ watch has a frosted sapphire glass dial allowing you to see just a hint of the mechanism beneath.
Victoriana made edgier with Bulgari
Olivia Wilde stunned in a skin-baring ivory Valentino gown, which transformed from Grecian to Victorian-inspired with the addition of a pearl choker by Neil Lane. To tap into the Grecian-Victorian vibe off this incredible ensemble we would have added this Bulgari Diva’s Dream watch with baguette, round and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Shapely diamonds emphasised by Van Cleef & Arpels
There are diamond bracelets and then there are Chanel fine jewellery bracelets worn by Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley (left). The only thing that surpassed it on the red carpet was the voluminous Chopard number worn by Julianne Moore, pictured right. To celebrate all those unusual shapes and details on the red carpet, we would have recommended this Van Cleef & Arpels Cadenas diamond watch. At a staggering £122,400 it is probably best loaned for a special red carpet event!
And let’s all hail Whoopi Goldberg!
The actress wowed with two hands covered in baroque pearls and diamonds, including a high jewellery watch! Her right hand housed a statement octopus design, which saw its diamond-set tentacles wrap around her wrist and fingers. On her left wrist she stacked two diamond bracelets with a really rather beautiful watch. Nice work Whoopi, even if its not to everyone’s taste.