Why A Pendant Watch Should Be Your Next Investment Piece

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Timekeeping may be all about precision, but that doesn’t mean your watch has to be constrictive. Liberate your wrists and hang loose with a time-telling sautoir or necklace that’s as much jewel as tool.


Reverso Secret Necklace

What a journey it’s been for the Reverso, from the original sports watch designed for polo players to the place it holds today in the pantheon of ultimate watch design. This latest iteration is unashamedly art deco, its Gatsbyesque charm the very height of early 20th century glamour. With the unmissable switch and flip from geometric confection to ultra-desirable watch face, this is a high jewellery watch extraordinaire, from the top of its diamond-studded chain to the very bottom of its slick onyx tassels. Enquire now


Monete Secret Watch Necklace Cameo Imperiale

Fit for a queen, an image of Cleopatra is the focal point of this imperial cameo from Bulgari—and the intricately gem-set cover conceals an absolute powerhouse movement within, featuring a skeletonised tourbillon in a landmark medley of high jewellery and haute horlogerie. An arresting design that could only be pulled off with Bulgari’s Italian flair, the timepiece’s sharp, boxy edges and wall-to-wall jewels makes this a royal style statement to be reckoned with. Enquire now


High Jewellery Swinging Sautoir

A whoppingly beautiful 25.38ct oval cabochon Zambian emerald is the focal point of this attention-grabbing tassel-style necklace, reflecting a signature Piaget shape from the 1960s with its oval dial and vintage feel. Incorporating row upon row of diamonds into its painstakingly hand-twisted chain, the malachite dial bordered with alternating diamonds and emeralds proves that time really is precious; especially when it’s packaged as achingly glamorously as this. Enquire now


Gem Dior Medallion

Whether in sugary-sweet aragonite or vividly-striped malachite, their regular octagon of the Gem Dior collection — which evokes the organic strata outline of an uncut precious stone — is an eye-catcher at the best of times. But incorporated into a diamond-bezelled pendant on an 85cm long-link chain, it’s a perfect expression of Dior’s appreciation of the natural world. Like a jewel that’s just emerged from the earth, it’s fresh and exciting. And whether in the most delicate rose gold orin bold yellow, any wearer will have struck it lucky. Enquire now

Tiffany & Co.

Bird on a Rock Mechanical Pendant

It’s been a big year for the iconic Bird on a Rock, with Tiffany & Co. pulling out all the stops to update and refresh this style staple. A one-off for the charitable Only Watch high-end horology auction, this mechanical clock version of the feathered friend features a 34-carat aquamarine placed atop 461 snow-set diamonds, all hanging from an intricate, diamond-set chain. The diamond-studded crown is placed at the bottom of the pendant for easy winding while the all-important bird, one of Tiffany designer Jean Schlumberger’s most successful creations, strikes one of the line’s newly-launched poses, resplendent with its head turned toward the viewer. Having this bird round your neck would be worth far more than two in the bush. Enquire now

Van Cleef & Arpels

Perlée Secret Pendant Watch

Graphic lines, delicate golden pearls and an emphatically bold 90cm length of chain all add up to the perfect statement necklace for work or play. But with a swift click and swish of the central emerald, ruby or sodalite cabochon-set pendant, the mother-of-pearl dial is revealed and the cat’s out of the bag — this playful and extremely wearable piece gives up its diamond-set secrets, proving once more that Van Cleef & Arpels is the Maison with the sweetest sense of whimsy. Enquire now

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  • Words by Rachel Silvestri