As one of the country’s most revered purveyors of luxury gifts, Shreve, Crump & Low has always offered the finest quality diamonds and precious gemstones available to the market, as well as the finest in handcrafted jewelry – new and estate. That is why we were once again blown away by the amazingly creative work of art Audemars Piguet [AP] released at this year’s SIHH in Geneva, Switzerland. The Diamond Outrage is the third and final piece (and our favorite) to be released in AP’s trilogy of one-of-a-kind haute joallerie timepieces following the Diamond Fury release in 2016, and the Diamond Punk release in 2015.
While no collector will deny AP’s dedication and heritage to precision timekeeping, it is now undeniable they hold the title of Master Jewelers of the modern watch world. I am not just talking about the casual, yet impressive gem-set diamond bezel, diamond dial, diamond bracelet wristwatch, I am referring to the absolutely dream-like splendor of Diamond Outrage. Other fine Swiss brands such as Vacheron Constantin, and Piaget have historically offered high diamond jewelry timepieces, but AP has taken the expertise in this field to an entirely new level, while maintaining true to the inspiration of the rugged forest landscape of Le Brassus’ mountainous Swiss town nestled in the Vallée de Joux.
More high diamond jewelry than watch, this Kafka-esque diamond bracelet consists of nearly 66 total diamond carats with an insane 10,277 individual diamonds all painstakingly gem-set in a solid 18 karat white gold intricate “cone” link setting. AP throws caution to the wind in their design aesthetic, and aim to impress not just the masses, but please the savviest of collectors and connoisseurs alike with the uniquely untraditional and innovative BOLD style of the Diamond Outrage. The mesmerizing kaleidoscope of gem-white diamonds conceal the quartz timekeeping mechanism (calibre 2701) via an invisibly set compartment hidden at the bottom of the bracelet. The Diamond Outrage represents an audaciously triumphant feat of excellence in jewelry manufactory from none other than a fine watchmaker. We at SC&L recognize master jewelry craftsmanship in many forms other than the traditional sense, but the entire haute joallerie collection is a landmark collection in the canon of Swiss watchmaking. We are proud to see AP continuing to pursue and push the limits of what it means to create high-diamond timepieces.
*Having seen this piece revealed in-person at AP’s SIHH showroom I can attest to the lustful temptation of the Diamond Outrage [see brief clip below:]
The Diamond Outrage certainly lives up to it’s namesake, and would make the perfect addition to the collection of any modern woman with discerning taste for the BEST. While AP has not officially published pricing on this one-of-a-kind piece of modern jewelry artwork, expect the value to be upwards of the 1 million dollar mark… As an authorized dealer for Audemars Piguet ,the Diamond Outrage as well as Diamond Fury and Diamond Punk are available per request via our Boston Flagship storefront (617-267-9100) or email: [email protected]