Our relationship with time changed drastically in the last 12 months, where we became at once both hyper aware of and indifferent to it. This set the scene for the strange paradox of 2020, a year where time drew to a halt – Zadie Smith called it “the great pause” – and yet it also flew past suddenly. If there were ever a moment to keep our eyes on the clock, it’s now.

In that spirit, GRAZIA presents our comprehensive edit of the season’s best watches – presented as we take you on an odyssey through the history of time. From Gucci’s Garden of Eden-inspired creation, through to an out-of-this-world creation from Chaumet, and the futuristic-chic stylings of Van Cleef and Arpels, enter our time portal here.

Ground Zero – we enter the Garden of Eden. Lose yourself in a classic chunky shape, with a steel and gold band and a face carrying signature Gucci motifs – the snake, the bee, the star, and the heart.

G-TIMELESS 38MM WATCH, GUCCI, SHOP NOW

On to Ancient Egypt and the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza. Casio’s gold-toned Vintage shape contrasts a retro face with a timeless geometric band, built brick by brick.

VINTAGE LA670WGA WATCH, CASIO, SHOP similar

Inspired by Tudor’s homage to sports-chic, we journey back to Ancient Greece, and the inaugural Olympic Games. The Tudor Royal marries a refined, elegant aesthetic with cutting edge technology.

TUDOR ROYAL 28MM STEEL CASE WATCH WITH DIAMOND-SET DIAL, TUDOR, SHOP NOW

This Grand Seiko watch takes its inspiration from the bloom of the cherry blossom, with a cherry-coloured white pearl oyster dial. Here it sits among a Japanese scene from the prolific designer Kunisada, circa 1845. Some things never go out of style.

STGF351 WATCH, ELEGANCE COLLECTION, GRAND SEIKO, SHOP NOW

The hyper-elegant Chaumet Boléro watch wraps along the wrist like a second skin, with a soft smattering of diamonds on the face calling to mind the constellations of the Milky Way.

BOLÉRO WATCH, CHAUMET, SHOP NOW

Inspired by Rolex’s love of luxury travel, we use the Rolex Sky-Dweller – an elegant offering for travellers, showcasing two time zones simultaneously – we explore the beginnings of air travel, and the accomplishments of Amelia Earhart.

SKY-DWELLER WATCH, OYSTER 42MM IN YELLOW GOLD, ROLEX, SHOP NOW

Hardy Brothers are no stranger to excess and extravagance. Inspired by the roaring 20s but made to last through trends, there is nothing kitschy about this Mint Tourmaline ring and Pearl Choker.

VAULT AUSTRALIAN SOUTH SEA PEARL STRAND, HARDY BROTHERS, SHOP NOW
3.32KT CUSHION CUT MINT TOURMALINE RING, HARDY BROTHERS, SHOP NOW

Revisiting the golden age of Pop Art the Swarovski Dulcis Cocktail Ring evolves into art itself. Its cushion-cut stone and sweet-as-candy hue would make even Andy Warhol proud.

DULCIS COCKTAIL RING, SWAROVSKI, SHOP NOW

Forget smart watches and digital assistants, Van Cleef & Aprels’ Cadenas timepiece is the way of the future. Featuring a subtle watch face and elegant strap, it doubles as fine jewellery and a means to tell the time.

CADENAS® WATCH, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, SHOP NOW

“THROUGH THE HOURGLASS” WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE NINTH EDITION OF GRAZIA INTERNATIONAL. PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE.

WORDS: GRACE O’NEILL & REBEKAH CLARK
ART: KIMBERLEE KESSLER

IMAGERY: GETTY

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