As buds burst and nature blossoms, watchmakers offer a riot of color in pieces that bloom on the wrist.
“April…hath put a spirit of youth in everything,” wrote William Shakespeare in “Sonnet 98.” Indeed, the boundless energy of nature’s rebirth has been an inspiration for artists since the beginning of time. And like the Bard, some of the world’s finest watchmakers use springtime as an occasion to express their artistic skill in pieces that celebrate color and high style on the outside and engineering excellence on the inside. Shimmering precious metals, mother-of-pearl accents, and dazzling gemstones enhance the hues of the season. These creations may measure time, but like a beautifully turned sonnet, their appeal is timeless.
ABOVE, FROM LEFT: Classic elegance and colorful éclat define this Cartier Clé de Cartier 35mm ($29,100). The rhodiumized 18k white-gold case is set with brilliant-cut diamonds. The watch features a Manufacture self-winding, mechanical movement, caliber 1847MC. A flainqué sunray effect brings depth to the dial that is elegantly offset by blue-steel sword-shaped hands. The fuschia alligator strap adds a burst of color. Bernie Robbins Jewelers, 775 E. Lancaster Ave., Villanova, 610-971-2446
Haute horology pops with colorful interest in the elegant Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust ($17,500). The 18k yellow-gold case features a bezel set with 46 brilliant-cut diamonds and a shimmering Jubilee bracelet. It has a 2236 self-winding, mechanical movement that is manufactured entirely by Rolex and offers a 55-hour power reserve. Benari Jewelers, 299 Main St., Exton; 3606 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, 866-363-0808
Architectural design elements and mechanical mastery meet in the Jazzmaster Open Heart Lady by Hamilton ($1,145). True to its name, this timepiece offers intriguing glimpses of the watch’s inner movement, the new H-10 decorated caliber. Rendered in stainless steel with the option of a colorful leather strap or metal bracelet, it has an 80-hour power reserve. Bernie Robbins Jewelers, 200 N. Sycamore St., Newtown, 215- 579-8224