This article originally appeared on A Timely Perspective on February 23rd, 2017
By Roberta Naas
Once again Audemars Piguet demonstrated its exquisite watchmaking talent in the field of audacious diamond timepieces with the more than $1 million Diamond Outrage Sapphire and the $1.25 million Diamond Outrage. The newest watches, unveiled last month at SIHH and causing quite a stir, represent the third and final round in a trilogy of timepieces that have wowed watch and jewelry lovers around the globe. The decadent haute joaillerie timepieces feature 48 gemstone-encrusted spikes along a cuff made of gold. Each spike is designed to emulate icicles.
Not only are the spikes gem set, but also the entire bracelet is shimmering with stones. Even better, the hidden secret watch case nestled within the 39-40mm tall stalactites is also gemstone adorned. The cover opens to reveal a mirror polished dial. The watch is powered by a quartz movement.
The master gem setters at Audemars Piguet spend about 2,500 hours of their lives just setting the stones into one Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage Sapphire (or all-diamond) watch. To further enhance the theme of the watch, the diamonds are snow set (meaning varying sizes are set closely together to allow no view of the metal beneath). The Diamond Outrage Sapphire is set with 11,043 brilliant-cut sapphires weighing 65.47 carats. This could be a lethal weapon.
Founder and editor-in-chief of atimelyperspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with 30 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market – breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would remain her signature to this day.