If anyone was ever to charge me with a unreasonable love of extravagant, gem-set statement watches, the evidence would be easy to find, and damning (Your Honour, I would point to evidence here, here and here, the prosecutor might say). And if I were to continue using the courtroom metaphor, and was allowed to call a key witness in my defence, I’d be calling this watch. The case, a well-sized 42mm tonneau, is in sapphire, already an attention-seeker. Add to that the 54 baguette-cut stones (including sapphires, rubies, amethysts, topazes and tsavorites) in rainbow hues on the bezel and you’ve got a watch that owns any room it’s in. Subtle – no. Awesome – heck yes!
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Sapphire Rainbow Australian pricing and availability
Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Sapphire Rainbow, limited to 50 pieces, $148,000.