As prestigious as Faberge is, it deserves its fame many times over. Even after all these years, the Russian jeweler and watchmaker continues to surprise - this time with the blazing Dalliance GemAddict watch
By: Soumya Jain
Posted on: January 21, 2019
Faberge is one brand which has always strived to push limits – of techniques and imagination. After all, who thought eggs could become such a prized possession?
Continuing with that pioneering spirit is Faberge’s latest creation – the Dalliance GemAddict timepiece. Made with massive rubies and diamonds, it is what lies at the centre which makes it a first ever – a one carat gemstone.
The Fabergé Dalliance line, in general, showcases the adaptable nature of Fabergé’s craftsmanship, employing both traditional techniques and pioneering techniques such as the micro-saturation of platinum on sapphire and mother-of-pearl. Using its expertise in gemstone carving, Faberge has created many a fabulous renditions which are unsurpassed by any other maison. The Russian jewelry brand is also known for its expertise in enameling.
The Dalliance collection is powered by a mechanical movement unique to Fabergé, which was developed by award-winning Geneva watchmaker Agenhor. The watch hands travel around the edge rather than the centre of the Grand Feu enamel face, leaving the brand enough space to create artworks in the space. In this particular piece, Fabergé chose to frame a stunning one carat gemstone, which, by the way, is customizable. You can choose to lodge a ruby or an emerald instead of the diamond.
Another aspect which makes this timepiece special is its inspiration. Dalliance GemAddict was inspired by a Fabergé clock made over 100 years ago and recently rediscovered in the company’s archives. The central space on this enchanting century-old dial could house tiny works of art, just as Fabergé eggs held a surprise.
An inspired mini version of that phenomenal clock, today’s Dalliance GemAddict is perfect for those addicted to the allure of gemstones. The bezel of the 18k rose gold case is set with Mozambican rubies, sourced from Gemfields, and each carefully selected for their natural beauty and perfectly matched hue, saturation and tone. A combination of the most vibrant red tone and a flawless crystal, the rubies are cut in different, bespoke shapes to fit effortlessly around the bezel.
Rubies from Gemfields Montepuez Ruby Mine in Mozambique were forged by heat and extreme pressure over 500 million years ago, discovered 10 years ago in 2009.
“The Dalliance GemAddict is a jewellery watch for customers who are looking to carry a piece of art, beautifully executed with the highest level of craftsmanship, on their wrist,” Aurélie Picaud, Fabergé’s timepieces director explains. “Fabergé’s tradition of creativity, ingenuity and surprise is expressed throughout this timepiece – from the state-of-the-art take on a traditional mechanical movement to the Grand Feu enamel, Gemfields rubies and the space for the wearer’s unique customised artwork. With Dalliance GemAddict, we twinned that enduring legacy with the dedication and craft of the finest Swiss watchmakers to create this unique piece.”
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The watch is available on order here.