Christie's n' Cartier. Ice Ice baby.

Lights, camera…diamond.

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That was pretty much my sequence of actions as I excitedly browsed through the much anticipated “Important Watches” exhibition at Christies in Emirates Tower Hotel.

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The exhibition showcased designs by Chopard, Cartier, Harry Winston, Patek Philippe, and Roger Dubuis to name a few.

I don’t know a girl who doesn’t gush and get giddy over the thought of diamonds. I am no exception.

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As I walked around admiring the the flawless glimmer of the jewels set in vintage limited edition pieces, I learnt a bit more about the rare materials available.

Featuring enamel, emeralds and plenty of intricately cut baguette diamonds .. these encrusted watches oozed top notch finery, decadence and indulgence. Here’s a few photos of what I saw that day …

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This rare 18K gold bangle watch incorporates a panther’s head in the design, complete with emerald set eyes. Priced between 15,000 – 25,000 USD.

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This design by Roger Dubuis has 28 jewels, a mother of pearl dial, aperture for date complete with a stainless steel Roger Dubuis deployant clasp and case. Valued between 28,000 – 40,000 USD

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This impressive watch is set with 32 baguette cut diamonds, weighing at 6.04 carats and has 1047 brilliant cut diamonds weighing at 15.23 carats. That’s a whole lotta bling!!!!

Priced at around 100,000 – 150,000 USD.

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vintage art deco diamond watches circa 1930

Can’t you just imagine the Crawley sisters from Downton Abbey wearing these?

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A stunning piece by Bovet valued at 70,000 – 90,000 USD

This Patek Philippe watch is probably the most sought after piece at the exhibition. It is double sealed to protect it and has a cloisonne enamel dial.

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Making dials such as these is highly complex and requires great skill from dedicated artisans. A rare treasure, this model is now discontinued and no longer listed in the Patek Philippe catalogue.

Price between 120,000 – 160, 000 USD

Here are some other jewellery sets that dazzle and seduce!! Although not part of the exhibition, they certainly deserve some time in the spotlight too ….

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Over at Art Dubai, The FondationCartier pour l’art contemporain & Cartier presents two imaginary cities contrasted with beauty and global diversity which depicts “L’Odyssée de Cartier” collection

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Created by the artist in 2000, following his first exhibition at the FondationCartier pour l’art
contemporain in 1995, this colourful model-like megacity architectural piece is the product of the
African artist’s inexhaustible imagination, made of salvage, cardboard and fragile materials, where
he builds a large number of buildings which he arranges into cities, thus creating a totally imaginary
urban space.

I loved the way the space was decorated. It’s so pristine and pure with the all white colour scheme and using famous buildings representing to each continent. Take a look …

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For this new show, Cartier and the FondationCartier pour l’art contemporain strived to find the
perfect balance of opposites, with Bodys Isek Kingelez’s extrême maquette (extreme model)
“Maman Isek Mabo Bendele” a colourful and imaginary city, juxtaposed with the white city created by Cartier, enfolding the world of “L’Odyssée de Cartier” Collection.

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L’Odyssée de Cartier, Parcours d’un style (journey of style) Collection, is a voyage through a world in perpetual motion offering an unexpected trip of discovery.