If you’re searching for inspiration for the perfect watch, you could do a lot worse than to refer to the tastes of the best-of-the-best – the Royal Family. When it comes to timeless elegance, precision time-telling and a nice little touch of glamour–the Royal Family know what they’re talking about. Bucherer has put together this piece revealing which watches adorn the wrists of the royals…
Queen Elizabeth II
Although the reigning Queen of England and the Commonwealth is more well-known for her extensive brooch collection –her impeccable sense of style, of course, extends to her watch. But what kind of watch is fit for a Queen? The answer? A Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 101 diamond-set designed to encapsulate femininity and delicacy by uniting the finest jewelry with the most-skilled watch-making, to be exact. The white gold watch is one of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s most famous creations, recognized by its baguette of diamonds, and for being so delicate that it’s 98 individual parts only collectively weigh one gram. No surprises that the Queen chose to wear this masterpiece at her coronation in 1953.
The Duchess of Sussex wouldn’t be caught dead without her Cartier Tank Française, which she bought for herself to celebrate the great success of her TV series, Suits. The watch is engraved with the message, ‘To M.M from M.M’, and Meghan has revealed that she plans to give it to her daughter one day. The Cartier Tank Française was influenced by the shape of World War I tanks…hence the name. Meghan has a royal taste–the watch is considered one of the most classic pieces of all time.
The future Queen of England is also a fan of Cartier, but this time the Ballon Bleu De Cartier - a gift from her sentimental beau, Prince William, to mark their third wedding anniversary. William reportedly had Kate’s Ballon Bleu embedded with a sapphire that once belonged to Princess Diana - the perfect complement to the Duchess of Cambridge’s sapphire engagement ring, which was also the late Princesses.
While she may not be in the Royal Family, Madonna is without a doubt the Queen of Pop…and the royal obsession with Cartier has extended to the ‘Material Girl’ singer. Madonna wears the Cartier Panthere watch, which became a vintage favorite after Cartier discontinued the line in 2004. High demand for the timepiece amongst the fashion-savvy encouraged Cartier to relaunch in 2017 with the tagline, ‘Jewelry first, timepiece second.’ If it’s good enough for Madonna...it's good enough for us!