Watches & Wonders

On my radar: more watch and jewellery bits



Reflection de Cartier watch
Continuing the Cartier love, another major reveal at this month’s Watches & Wonders was the magnificent Reflection de Cartier bangle watch (above). In sleek yellow gold with its sculptural cuff form, it’s giving 1970s Andrew Grima for Omega (below) and I’m not complaining. Launch date and price are TBC, but let’s just say it’s likely a look-but-don’t-touch affair for most of us.

Omega About Time Utopia watch by Andrew Grima

Something else to look forward to, Danish jewellery brand Kinraden is teaming up with fellow Danes, Skall Studio on these recycled sterling silver and 18K gold pieces. Previewed at Skall Studio’s Copenhagen Fashion Week show, my standout pieces are the brooches and hair pins (below), which drop in early September.
Kinraden x Skall Studio SS24
Kinraden x Skall Studio SS24

Lastly, IIlaria Icardi is on a mission to make magnifying glass pendants socially acceptable a thing. Her 18K gold magnifying lens on an 18K gold chain (below) is on my radar – just the thing for discreet menu magnification. Alternatively, try 1stDibs for 1980s Chanel*, or your local thrift market for the budget option. Fellow Gen Xers, thank me later.

Ilaria Icardi magnifying glass pendant
Ilaria Icardi magnifying glass pendant

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Cartier; Andrew Grima/Omega; Thomas Degner for Kinraden x 2; Kinraden; Ilaria Icardi
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Slight of hand



Tank Louis Cartier Mini by Cartier Watch Community Instsgram

It feels like we’re officially in our ‘small watch era’. After what feels like decades – scratch that, it was decades – of ginormous, chestbeating steel watches, we’re seeing the return of dainty, Deco-era watch cases on chic leather straps.

I’m attributing part of the shift to the affluent, small-wristed Asian customer, and possibly the wave of Chinese celebs being co-opted by luxury brands hoping to entice the next generation of watch enthusiasts. Also to note: the insatiable appetite for vintage watches. (more…)