Crazy Rich Asians: Over-The-Top Watches We Love

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Big, bold and blinged-up. 

We can’t wait for the release of this highly-anticipated movie (shot in Singapore, thank you very much) with an all-Asian cast (woot!). And even though we’ll never be crazy rich Asians, here’s what we’d splash out on if we were. No prices here, though, the crazy rich don’t discuss dollars and cents (that would be so vulgar, dahling).

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116595 RBOW

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116595 RBOW

Ah, Rolex. The ultimate symbol of luxury that everyone, from your friendly neighbourhood grocer to your CEO, recognises. Of all the brand’s models, the Daytona surely is one of the most coveted. After the introduction of precious metal cases last year, Rolex is upping the ante with a kaleidoscope of jewels. Replacing the tachymetre scale is a bezel of scintillating sapphires in rainbow tones, matching the 11 baguette-cut indexes on the dial adorned with pink gold crystal sub-dials. And did we mention the 56 brilliant-cut diamonds gracing the lugs and crown guard? Dazzling.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon

Nothing says crazy rich like diamonds. Lots of it. Oh, and it also helps if you own one of the first Audemars Piguet flying tourbillons. Seen here in the first Royal Oak Concept model for women, the flying tourbillon is displayed in an open-worked dial, deliciously festooned with rocks. Available in two versions, either with brilliant-cut or baguette-cut diamonds, the invisible setting of the latter elevates the elegance quotient substantially. The open barrel can be seen at 11 o’clock as a snowflake in the midst of diamond-encrusted icicles. Elsa has nothing on this.
Bulgari Diva’s Dream Phoenix

Bulgari Diva’s Dream Phoenix

When you’re an Italian jeweller and watchmaker associated with Hollywood royalty like the late Elizabeth Taylor, it’s fairly certain you’d be on the list of the truly rich and famous too. We’re going cray for this spectacular Diva’s Dream Phoenix Tourbillon with its brilliant hand-painted open-worked dial that features a breathtaking phoenix rising from the flames. Taking three days just to apply the colours, this stunning timepiece is a masterclass in craftsmanship. Encased in 18K rose gold and embellished with a ring of diamonds around the bezel, this Diva will leave others in its wake.
Harry Winston Ocean Biretrograde Perpetual Calendar Automatic 42mm

Harry Winston Ocean Biretrograde Perpetual Calendar Automatic 42mm

We’re gonna just put it out there—no one said men couldn’t rock diamonds. Plus, if you’re super rich you can pretty much do anything you want. With that, we’d cast our eyes on this very delectable anniversary edition of the Ocean Biretrograde Perpetual Calendar. Limited to just 20 pieces, this version is a tribute to 20 years of Harry Winston’s sporty Ocean collection. Concentric circles on the dial allow the perpetual calendar displays to be read easily, while the eye is drawn to a Clou de Paris motif at the heart of the dial. 67 baguette-cut diamonds adorn the case, paired with a masculine black alligator leather strap to balance out the bling.
Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater Ref. 5531R

Patek Philippe World Time Minute Repeater Ref. 5531R

If there’s one thing to be said about Patek Philippe, it’s that it is the king of minute repeaters. President Thierry Stern famously listens to every single minute repeater before it leaves the manufacture. So when the brand combines, for the very first time, a minute repeater with a world-timer (another of Patek Philippe’s signatures), you know it’s a timepiece of great significance. And imminently worthy of any real estate scion’s wrist. A cloisonné enamel dial takes pride of place, depicting the Lavaux landscape in Switzerland.

 

 

Melissa Kong

Online Editor

Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".