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MINERAL DIALS ARE AS POPULAR AS EVER IN THE WORLD OF LUXURY WATCHES, BUT THE YEAR MAY BELONG TO MALACHITE AND AVENTURINE

MINERAL DIALS ARE AS POPULAR AS EVER IN THE WORLD OF LUXURY WATCHES, BUT THE YEAR MAY BELONG TO MALACHITE AND AVENTURINE

The use of mineral and precious stone has been a consistent trend amongst luxury watch makers now for more than a decade. Despite the fact that the material can be hard to work with, haute horology houses have nevertheless embraced them, just like fine jewellery makers, due to their unique properties.

Stones and minerals like Lapis Lazuli, Jadeite and Ceramic can enhance a timepiece exponentially due to their rich hues and natural brilliance. Jacquet Droz is one particular watchmaker that utilises these materials in their range of novelties such as the Grande Seconde. Oftentimes the dial can be made the centrepiece of a collection – Piaget’s Altiplano line certainly comes to mind.

For the past year, two distinctive minerals have appeared on the radar of watchmakers. Malachite – a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, and Aventurine – a type of quartz. Both minerals possess a shimmering and glistening effect that is both eye-catching and prominent, which can instantaneously amplify the beauty of the timepiece. Just like some of these here.

GREEN WITH ENVY

Colourful as well as fashionable, Malachite dials adds a touch of vibrancy to a timepiece. Over the years the watchmaking industry has seen many brands utilise the mineral to stunning effect. However Piaget, with its expertise in watchmaking and jewellery, has managed to truly bring out the best in Malachite.

The Piaget Altiplano Malachite Marquetry Tourbillon is a prime example with its intricate stone marquetry dial featuring curved slivers of malachite arranged in a spiral pattern. Contrast against the red gold case, the timepiece embodies both style and substance. This year, the watchmaker continues its preference for Malachite with the Limelight Gala watch, a vintage-styled timepiece featuring a gem-set diamond bezel and an immaculate textured gold bracelet.

Notable luxury watch brands have also utilised the mineral in their signature models. The Rolex Datejust 31 was offered with a Malachite dial set with diamonds. Omega also drew attention with its Seamaster 300 offered with a captivating Malachite dial set against a yellow gold case and bracelet.

CASE OF THE BLUES

With blue dials gaining popularity, Aventurine seems to be the go-to mineral for most watchmakers. And we can’t blame them too, because the results are often out of this world. Just like the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Moonphase, released not too long ago featuring a very unique blackened Aventurine dial, which alluded to the concept of space.

This year at Baselworld a pair of timepieces from Bvlgari and Arnold & Son showcased the mineral in its full glory. Renowned for blending a jeweller’s touch with the finest of Grande complication, Bvlgari showcased its new Diva Finissima Minute Repeater, which features a diamond set around a deep Aventurine dial.

Arnold & Son also utilised the dial for its new HM Perpetual Moon for 2019.  The ultra-precise moon phase watch features a midnight blue Aventurine dial paired with a 42 millimetre 18-carat rose gold case.

The use of mineral and precious stone has been a consistent trend amongst luxury watch makers now for more than a decade. Despite the fact that the material can be hard to work with, haute horology houses have nevertheless embraced them, just like fine jewellery makers, due to their unique properties.

Stones and minerals like Lapis Lazuli, Jadeite and Ceramic can enhance a timepiece exponentially due to their rich hues and natural brilliance. Jacquet Droz is one particular watchmaker that utilises these materials in their range of novelties such as the Grande Seconde. Oftentimes the dial can be made the centrepiece of a collection – Piaget’s Altiplano line certainly comes to mind.

For the past year, two distinctive minerals have appeared on the radar of watchmakers. Malachite – a copper carbonate hydroxide mineral, and Aventurine – a type of quartz. Both minerals possess a shimmering and glistening effect that is both eye-catching and prominent, which can instantaneously amplify the beauty of the timepiece. Just like some of these here.

GREEN WITH ENVY

Colourful as well as fashionable, Malachite dials adds a touch of vibrancy to a timepiece. Over the years the watchmaking industry has seen many brands utilise the mineral to stunning effect. However Piaget, with its expertise in watchmaking and jewellery, has managed to truly bring out the best in Malachite.

The Piaget Altiplano Malachite Marquetry Tourbillon is a prime example with its intricate stone marquetry dial featuring curved slivers of malachite arranged in a spiral pattern. Contrast against the red gold case, the timepiece embodies both style and substance. This year, the watchmaker continues its preference for Malachite with the Limelight Gala watch, a vintage-styled timepiece featuring a gem-set diamond bezel and an immaculate textured gold bracelet.

Notable luxury watch brands have also utilised the mineral in their signature models. The Rolex Datejust 31 was offered with a Malachite dial set with diamonds. Omega also drew attention with its Seamaster 300 offered with a captivating Malachite dial set against a yellow gold case and bracelet.

CASE OF THE BLUES

With blue dials gaining popularity, Aventurine seems to be the go-to mineral for most watchmakers. And we can’t blame them too, because the results are often out of this world. Just like the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Moonphase, released not too long ago featuring a very unique blackened Aventurine dial, which alluded to the concept of space.

This year at Baselworld a pair of timepieces from Bvlgari and Arnold & Son showcased the mineral in its full glory. Renowned for blending a jeweller’s touch with the finest of Grande complication, Bvlgari showcased its new Diva Finissima Minute Repeater, which features a diamond set around a deep Aventurine dial.

Arnold & Son also utilised the dial for its new HM Perpetual Moon for 2019.  The ultra-precise moon phase watch features a midnight blue Aventurine dial paired with a 42 millimetre 18-carat rose gold case.