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Pearlescent Details: The world is your Oyster

By Yasemin Gumushan | 3 minute read

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Glistening pearlescent dials are among the most stunning. Since the early 1900s, their lustre and sheen have proved a much-loved choice for ladies’ timepieces.

From TAG Heuer to Chopard, brands have ventured under the sea to give their watch face a distinct personality. Mother-of-pearl is the iridescent lining you find on the inside of a shell and as you can imagine, the transformation process is nothing short of complex.

Admired for how they shimmer in the light and desired for their elegance, it’s really no surprise that delicate mother-of-pearl dials are mesmerising watch enthusiasts.

Pearls can even be used in detailing on bracelets, around bezels and more, giving a luxurious feel to a dress watch. Pearls are versatile enough to pair with all manner of different precious metals, and look especially exceptional when combined with gold.

Patek Philippe Gondolo*

With its rectangular, tonneau- or cushion-shaped cases, the Gondolo collection brings together most of Patek Philippe’s “form” watches, the term for all those that are not round. their strong lines, timeless style and geometric simplicity are a contemporary interpretation of the art deco style, which coincided with one of Patek Philippe’s own golden ages.

In introducing the Gondolo, Patek Philippe has reinterpreted – with a subtle infusion of modernity – some of the historical pieces that are part of its heritage and may be admired in the Patek Philippe museum. This piece truly is a work of art, and of intricate detail to the nth degree with hundreds of diamonds set within the dial, bracelet strap and bezel, and including over 70 Akoya pearls, one of the rarest type of pearl.

Chopard Alpine Eagle

This Alpine Eagle sports-chic timepiece is a state-of-the-art reinterpretation of the St. Moritz, the first watch created in 1980 by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, now co-president of Chopard.

Driven by his passion for the Alps and inspired by the power and strength of the eagle which reigns supreme there, the piece has been personally designed by Karl-Friedrich himself. Gold-plated Roman numerals and hour markers coated with Super-LumiNova sit beautifully against the stunning dial in white mother-of-pearl.

Crafted from an exclusive, ultra-resistant and light-reflecting metal named Lucent Steel A223, the majestic timepiece beats to the rhythm of a Chopard chronometer-certified movement.

Chopard have married what they do best, a steel sports watch complete with diamonds and now with a mother-of-pearl dial.

OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra

The ladies' Seamaster Aqua Terra is the true definition of elegance. The white pearled mother-of-pearl dial is elevated by 12 diamond indexes in rhodium-plated holders circling the face .

In keeping with the luxury feel and ocean spirit, the hands are also rhodium-plated and the caseback is embossed with the OMEGA Seahorse on a wavy detailed background. Presented on an integrated stainless-steel bracelet and driven by the OMEGA Calibre 8800, this piece is perfect for ladies who appreciate life by the shore.

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Breitling Chronomat Ice Blue

Originally designed in 1984 for the Freece Tricolori military aerobatic display team, the Chronomat range exemplifies Breitling’s dedication to sport and performance.

This model showcases the brand's legendary Chronomat with an unmissable ice blue dial and 18kt grey gold gem set bezel. There’s no denying that this watch face is sure to catch the eye for its striking beauty.

TAG Heuer Carrera Quartz

Balancing the line between sporty and sophisticated, this TAG Heuer Carrera is complete with a final touch of femininity. The mesmerising combination of precious metals, like the white mother-of-pearl dial and diamond dot indices, make the piece as elegant as its wearer.

Equipped with one of TAG Heuer’s famous Swiss made quartz calibres, this piece prides itself on accuracy. The battery-operated movement brings to life the hour, minute and seconds function and a date window at 3 o’clock.

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