56ca4d256ae9c878af12d92c028ad4d2We love jewelry that holds secrets—like the beyond-gorgeous Bulgari Serpenti shown above. Just lift the head of the bejeweled  serpentine bracelet and you’ll find a dainty bejeweled watch. Bracelets that tell time have slipped in and out of style over the years. In their hey-day, back in the 1920’s, they were Jazz Age status symbols, known as cocktail watches functioning as both jewelry and timepieces for dressy occasions. After resurfacing in the 1950’s, new versions are back. And because we spied more than a few of these beauties coming out of Baselworld, we’re calling it a bonafide women’s watch trend. How do cocktail watches differ from other gem-set women’s timepieces? As you can see from the sampling shown, they tend to look more like head-turning bracelets than a watch. In fact, with some, the watch face is completely hidden. Though not all are encrusted in gemstones, those that are don’t stop at the bezel, typically the petite watch head is covered in jewels too. As women’s watch trends go, it doesn’t get more special than this. So we sure hope this one sticks around for a while.—Sue Perry

 

 

Cartier Trait d’Eclat

 

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This ruby and diamond confection is so dazzling that you almost miss the tiny pear-shaped and diamond-encrusted watch face in the center. For anyone who wants to know what’s under the hood, the watch is powered by manually wound Calibre 101 mechanical movement.

 

Panthere de Cartier

 

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First introduced in the 1980’s and retired in the early 2000’s, the iconic Cartier Panthere is back and looks cooler than ever in rose gold & black lacquer. We also think it’s edgy sleekness would perk up any LBD.

 

“For You” Diamond Watch by Chopard

 

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Talk about a timeless beauty! We love the mix of ladylike florals with the sleek black aligator strap. With over 12 carats of pear-shaped and round-cut diamonds, you’re also rocking some serious jewelry.

 

La Mini De Dior Satine Tressée

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Classic and chic, this is like wrapping your wrist in a ribbon of spun gold.  We love the contrast of the matte gold face surrounded by sparkly diamonds. And the strap is made from woven gold threads. Gorgeous!

 

Gucci Le Marché des Merveilles Tiger watch

 

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This watch really knows how to keep a secret. The rotating feline head covers the black mother-of-pearl dial and the carved steel bracelet—even though there’s not a gemstone in sight—is to die for. It’s powered by a quartz movement.