This iridescent quartz is not new to the watch world. While found in various shades in nature (the most common is green), the deep navy strand – reminiscent of the night sky with its flecks of mineral inclusions – has somehow been the preferred choice among watchmakers. That is, if they master tempering the fragile material thin enough for dials, or the time-consuming, labour-intensive process of creating the synthetic yet no less inferior version known as goldstone or aventurine glass. It explains why – next to other quartzes like chalcedony and onyx – it’s often a lot more underrated. The latest crop of luxury timepieces turns the spotlight onto it: from Omega’s signature Constellation bracelet watch, to Van Cleef & Arpels’ first adaptation of its 2015 men’s watch, the Midnight Planetarium, for women. That nearly all of them are inspired by the galaxy begets the response: “About time.”
This story first appeared in Female’s April 2018 issue.
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