This is the fun part of covering watches for my job because it means I can be totally capricious – and insanely unrealistic – and pick seven jewellery watches I wouldn’t mind having in my life, one for every day of the week.
Bulgari Serpenti Incantati
Like Liz Taylor, I have a soft spot in my heart for Bulgari and this mesmerising Serpenti Incantati watch with diamonds and rubellites is my absolute favourite watch of the year. Bulgari’s Serpenti collection was given a head-to-toe makeover in 2016 and its sinuous forms revisited in a more contemporary, geometric key without losing an inch of its power to seduce.
Chaumet Liens Lumière
Direct from the City of Light, Chaumet’s Liens Lumière watches evoke the sophisticated cosmopolitan spirit of Paris and this sunny 33mm pink gold model, glowing with a mother-of-pearl dial and diamonds is enough to brighten even the darkest day.
Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury
Warning: You need tight black leather trousers and a superbike to pull off this watch. Bristling with rebellion and daring geometry, the Diamond Fury cuff watch by Audemars Piguet packs a sparkling punch thanks to the 5,000 diamonds set in its protective armour.
Cartier Dragon Mystérieux
Cartier’s Dragon Mystérieux watch transports you back in time to China’s Imperial Court. The stylized dragon’s body, crowned with a colossal fiery opal, writhes in diamonds, coral and onyx and coils protectively around a transparent dial. Bearing Cartier’s signature mystery movement, the hour and minute hands seem to be magically suspended in thin air with no visible connection to the manual-winding movement.
Roger Dubuis Black Velvet
I love the edgy drama and contemporary vibe of Roger Dubuis’ Black Velvet watch. The combination of a dark 36mm carbon case and the electrifying glow of 66 Paraiba tourmalines is spectacular and happens to be the first watch to feature gem-set carbon, a technical achievement the brand has patented.
Graff Princess Butterfly Secret watch
Although I can’t stand butterflies or moths in their natural habitat - something to do with their flapping wings and dusty bodies really freak me out - I can’t resist the exquisitely feminine beauty of the Graff Princess Butterfly secret watch. Set with rich blue sapphires, the plump pavé wings separate to reveal a delicate blue mother-of-pearl dial.
Ralph Lauren RL888 Deco Diamonds
Ralph Lauren is a master of creating moods and dips into the elegant design ethos of Art Deco for many of his creations. This one-off RL888 Deco Diamond watch, set with bold geometric forms made from diamonds and black spinels and a jazzy dial composed of dizzy Roman and Arabic numerals, is your one-way ticket to the city that never sleeps at night. Does it remind you of the Chrysler building too?
Direct from the City of Light, Chaumet unveils its new Liens Lumière collection with new models glowing with diamonds and mother-of-pearl dials (£26,830).