The season's hottest/hautest timepieces are lighting up the night with exquisite gemstones, exotic materials, and extravagant designs.
FROM LEFT: The serpent is an iconic symbol Bulgari has embraced for decades. The glittering Serpenti Incantati (price upon request) is the most tempting interpretation to date. A bejeweled gold snake encircles the dial in a spray of diamonds and rubellites (four versions exist in both white and pink gold). Bulgari, 730 Fifth Ave., 212-315-9000
Haute joaillerie is the hallmark of this pink gold Millenary ($80,600) by Audemars Piguet. Handpicked for perfect roundness and their one-millimeter size, the luminous seed pearls create a strong geometric design that lights up the oval-shaped dial in black onyx. One-hundred-and-sixty-nine brilliant-cut diamonds make for a sparkling complement to the dial and movement, and 438 more enliven the base and buckle. With peerless artistry, this casing houses a hand-wound movement that offers 49 hours of power reserve. Wempe, 700 Fifth Ave., 212-397-9000
Patek Philippe introduced the Ref. 4968/400R Rose Gold Ladies Complications ($68,040) to great fanfare last spring. The manual-wind mechanical timepiece offers after-dark appeal with its stunning bezel and dial—set with 587 diamonds graduated in size and 12 ruby hour markers—and a beautiful moon-phase subdial. The cherry-red alligator strap has a prong buckle set with 32 diamonds for a fabulous finish. Wempe, 700 Fifth Ave., 212-397-9000