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At the intersection between jewellery and watchmaking sits an accessory that packs as much a punch as the iconic ‘power cuff’ – the rigid bracelet donned by influential women such as Cleopatra and former American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis – and it comes with the practical perks of a timepiece. And there’s some exciting news too: jewellers have updated this classic watch bangle with an easy slip-on open bracelet.
It’s a style elegantly embodied by Chaumet’s Joséphine Aigrette watch, rendered in diamond-studded tweed by Chanel and adorned with dainty flowers in the Frivole Secrète watch by Van Cleef & Arpels. At Bulgari, the design takes the house’s signature shape of a sinuous snake coiling around the wrist. Dangerously tempting is the new model Serpenti Viper Rainbow, which launches this month and features a feast of pink, blue and yellow sapphires; rubies; orange spinels; and green garnets on the serpent’s scales.
Cartier’s power cuff watch features, of course, a poised panther head with green tsavorite eyes; Piaget dreamed up an opulent diamond-studded secret watch in its Wings of Light collection, with two fancy yellow diamonds of over five carats each topping the two facing ends. For its first foray into ‘abstract-organic’, Dior Joaillerie’s creative director, Victoire de Castellane, opted for an irregular octagonal dial, mirroring the natural rough slices of minerals. The open rigid bracelet is made of jagged slips of hard stones, which mimic pieces of fabric swatches pinned to a paper in haute couture atelier. ‘It’s like having a collection of minerals around your wrist’, she says. For a mighty statement, try the Greenland cuff watch by Andrew Grima or the 101 Jaeger-LeCoultre bangle watch.