In a world where women are typically associated with wearing diamonds and gemstones, we tend to forget that these stones also attract men, especially when they are set on timepieces. Some of the top diamond watches for men today sparkle with anywhere from a smattering of diamonds to a slew of diamonds – typically set in unusual motifs.
Diamonds are currently regarded as the hardest stone on Earth. They are made over the course of thousands of years, deep in the Earth’s crust under high temperatures and pressures. They begin as carbon that bonds and forms crystals filled with carbon atoms. While most diamonds are white (sometimes also referred to as colorless), their rarer siblings include fancy color diamonds such as yellow, blue, and pink. Diamonds are graded and priced according to the 4C’s – color, clarity, clarity, and carat weight.
Even in luxury diamond watches for men, these 4 C’s come into play, because the best brands look to allow as much light as possible to shine through the diamonds. Often watch brands will state the color and clarity of the stones or will refer to using Top Wesselton diamonds, which are among the whitest stones, and typically they use VVS or VS clarity—meaning the stones have very few inclusions. Here we take a look at five of the most unique diamond watches for men.
Ulysse Nardin Sparkling Blast – Price USD 410,000
Recently, Swiss watch brand Ulysse Nardin unveiled its all-new Blast line of watches that feature geometrics that play on the brand’s famed rectangle within a circle (the Executive collection) and have added a center X structure to the watch. The Blast is offered in rose gold and in brightly colored DLC pieces. The Blast watches boast open-worked automatic tourbillon movements. Now, Ulysse Nardin takes Blast a step further by unveiling the highly unusual Sparkling Blast diamond watch that is meticulously set with geometrically shaped diamonds to form an intriguing motif. Just three pieces will be made, each adorned with 211 diamonds on the case, bezel, crown, and hands. In total, the 45mm watch, finished with a white rubber strap, boasts 13 carats of diamonds. Even the rectangular bridge and the X that adorn the movement are invisibly set with diamonds.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Superbia – USD 858,000
A world premiere watch unveiled recently at the Watches & Wonders Shanghai exhibit, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Superbia brings together diamonds and sapphires in an outrageous raised setting that makes this watch unique. To create the one-of-a-kind diamond watch for men, Roger Dubuis teamed with interior designer Kaz Shirane to create a diamond setting that forms a non-patterned motif. The brand works with a tetrahedron (triangular) shaped diamond cut and sets them at different angles on the watch so no group of stone settings is the same. More than 600 diamonds and sapphires ensconce the case, bezel, lugs, and crown. Even the interior star bridge is set with gemstones. The watch is powered by an all-new high-tech movement with a double flying tourbillon. It takes about 900 hours to set the sides of the case and another 420 hours to set the top of the case and the bezel. The watch is one-of-a-kind piece.
Graff GyroGraff Endangered Species – Price on Request
This superb 48mm white gold GyroGraff watch deftly combines Haute Horlogerie with exceptional diamond setting expertise. The House of Graff has long been known for procuring some of the most important diamonds and is an expert jeweler extraordinaire. Over the past decade or so, the brand marries those diamonds skills with its watchmaking excellence for unusual watches. This GyroGraff Endangered Species polar bear boasts a mechanical movement with a precise three-dimensional moonphase indicator (created by hand carving the moon’s surface image on a disk) and a double-axis tourbillon (that compensates for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity on the watch when it is in certain positions on the wrist). The Métiers d’Arts dial features an aventurine background, with gold and diamond-set gold forms that comprise the bear’s face. This superb diamond watch for men also demonstrates one’s commitment to our planet.
Jacob & Co. Palatial Opera Flying Tourbillon – Price on Request
When Jacob Arabo of Jacob & Co decides he is going to bling-out a watch – he goes all the way. In fact, this jeweler is known for creating some of the most dynamic and daring diamond watches for men that attract celebrities, rappers, and lovers of gemstones around the world. Known for its incredible three-dimensional Astronomia watches, Jacob & Co. also regularly creates high-jewelry masterpieces for the wrist. This Palatial Opera Flying Tourbillon is entirely set with stones and designed to resemble an amphitheater. Versions include all-diamond, diamond, and ruby, or diamond, and sapphire. In this ruby and diamond version, the watch is set with 142 baguette-cut white diamonds (13.2 carats), and the bezel is set with 50 baguette-cut rubies (8.92 carats). Diamonds and a ruby also adorn the crown. The 47mm watch is powered by a manually wound movement that offers an impressive 100 hours of power reserve. Just 18 pieces of this ultimate diamond watch for men will be made.
Hublot Sang Bleu II Titanium Blue Pavé – Price USD 44,100
Swiss watch brand Hublot regularly turns to Earth’s diamonds to dress up its watches. Sometimes it uses more diamonds than other times, but the diamonds seem to work wonders on the Sang Bleu II watch. Designed by Maxime Buchi of Sang Bleu, the watch features so many angles and geometric patterns that the diamonds shimmer from every direction – making for an extremely eye-catching look. The satin- and polish-finished titanium case is set with 172 diamonds, and the bezel is set with another 48 diamonds. The watch is powered by the self-winding HUB1240 UNICO manufacture movement that is a column-wheel chronograph with flyback function. It offers 72 hours of power reserve. To add versatility, Hublot offers the Sang Bleu II Titanium Blue Pavé with both a black and blue rubber strap. This way, the watch has a sporty or casual feel, or a more elegant dress look.
About the Author
Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980’s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, ATimelyPerspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications (including Forbes and Elite Traveler) – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch news and stories that she turns into compelling and enlightening articles.