Just in time to be sported at Paris Fashion Week, Hermès’s new Faubourg Manchette Joaillerie is a perfect hybrid of timepiece and accessory. Following the Faubourg, a lady-like micro-dial launched in 2014, and the Faubourg Manchette, a 2015 launch that merged that micro-dial with one of the house’s signature calfskin cuffs, this latest iteration ups the ante (and the luxe factor) with alligator skin and precious gems.
Here, the delicate 19.5mm dial is rendered in vivid lapis lazuli (which the trend forecasters at Pantone see being au courant for 2017) set with four diamond indicators. The rose gold bezel frames 36 channel-set sapphire baguettes, a technique that requires extreme precision to fit the stones like puzzle pieces without the help of prongs to keep them in place. This crown jewel is nestled in a rich blue alligator cuff, created using Hermès’s famed saddle-stitching. Once stitched, the cuff is hand-burnished and waterproofed using beeswax.
In addition to the blue version picture here, options also include green (with a malachite dial and emerald bezel), brown (with a tiger’s eye dial and brown sapphire bezel), and black (with an onyx dial and white diamond bezel). Whatever color you choose, the Faubourg Manchette Joallerie is quintessential Hermès—who else could manage to make a bejeweled watch that whispers, rather than screams, luxury? Price: $28,900, available at Hermès boutiques nationwide; usa.hermes.com.
For more blue stone timepieces, see our review of the Hermès Cape Cod 25th Anniversary watch and the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Galaxy luxury watch for men.