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The luxury online retailer, together with Mr. Porter, just launched an exclusive selection of fine timepieces by some of the world’s most revered watchmakers. The event is the result of the partnership between the websites and Watches & Wonders, the international trade show organized by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva.
As part of the initiative, the exquisite watches of fourteen Maisons will be featured together in one place for the first time. Among the brands that can already be shopped on Net-a-Porter are Cartier, Hermès, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger LeCoultre, Piaget, and Vacheron Constantin.
The launch marks the beginning of a year-long program that will offer customers of both websites a number of exclusive activities including virtual events, digital one-on-one appointments, and interactive Instagram Live conversations.
“By teaming up with the world’s premier watch showcase, we want to provide an international platform for the most exceptional timepieces, supporting an environment where their stories—and those of their iconic makers—can come alive and be accessed by watch lovers across the globe,” said in a statement Alison Loehnis, the president of Net-a-Porter and Mr. Porter.
So to celebrate the launch, we rounded up the most beautiful fine watches that we already have in our cart.
Jaeger-Lecoultre 101 Reine 6.8mm 18-karat Rose Gold and Diamond
It’s not accidental that the name of this watch has the word “Queen” in it (reine in French). French President Albert Lebrun had given Queen Elizabeth II the same one when she was a princess, and years later she wore it on her Coronation Day. Apparently, the Queen really liked that it looked like a bracelet and was on the smaller side—a common feature of watches that were manufactured at the beginning of the 20th century.
The 101 Reine has an 18-karat rose gold case and strap that is set with brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of eleven carats.
To buy: $129,000, net-a-porter.com
IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Automatic 34mm 18-karat Red Gold, Alligator and Diamond Watch
IWC Schaffhausen’s Portofino watch cuts a classic and sophisticated silhouette. It features a 34-mm case in 18-karat red gold and is fitted with a luxury alligator strap crafted in Italy.
To buy: $13,100, net-a-porter.com
Cartier Panthère de Cartier Medium 27mm 18-karat Pink Gold and Diamond Watch
Talking about a classic! Cartier launched Panthere in 1983 and the elegant timepiece collection has reached cult status since then.
This beautiful 18-karat gold watch has a 27mm square dial surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds, and an 18-karat pink gold bracelet.
To buy: $27,100, net-a-porter.com
Hermès Timepieces Cape Cod 23mm Small 18-karat Gold, Alligator, Mother-of-pearl and Diamond watch
Hermès’s Cape Cod is another Haute Horlogerie icon that any watch aficionado should have. This version comes in 18-karat gold and sports a beautiful mother-of-pearl dial that features diamond dot indices.
To buy: $12,050, net-a-porter.com
Piaget Possession 34mm 18-karat White Gold, Alligator and Diamond Watch
This gorgeous Piaget timepiece cuts a feminine silhouette in white gold, mother-of-pearl, and pink. The case has a unidirectional bezel set in brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 1.47 carats.
To buy: $19,300, net-a-porter.com
Vacheron Constantin Egérie Automatic Moon-Phase 37mm Stainless Steel and Diamond Watch
This Vacheron Constantin watch has a 37mm case that houses a striking textured dial with an off-center moon-phase indicator encircled in diamonds. And speaking of sparkle, the case itself sports multiple brilliant-cut diamonds and a see-through case back.
To buy: $24,800, net-a-porter.com
Piaget Limelight Gala 32mm 18-karat Rose Gold and Diamond Watch
This Piaget Limelight Gala watch has elongated lugs—just like the original 1973 model—and is set with diamonds weighing 1.75 carats. Both the case and the Milanese mesh strap are crafted in 18-karat rose gold.
To buy: $37,800, net-a-porter.com