Count down to the new year with these sparkly watches

By Kristian Haagen

Photo: Cartier

These are the essential accessories for the last night of the year

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Seldom do we see as much sparkle as on New Year's Eve. Sequin dresses, Swarovski-stoned shoes, and dazzling handbags herald a refreshing new dawn, wiping the slate clean of the past year. But, while some opt for statement earrings, the horological connoisseur knows that a timepiece could and should be just as striking.

A watch is the most crucial attire for that last night of the year for these people. After all, it tells you precisely when the clock strikes midnight. Below, Vogue Scandinavia looks closer at six timepieces perfect for New Year's Eve.

Swarovski watch

Swarovski cocktail watch

The Swiss-made Swarovski cocktail watch is perfect for special occasions. Every surface of the intertwining curved of the interlinked bracelet and case is set with approximately 900 sparkling crystals in brilliant pavé, creating a dazzling display of shimmering light. The dial displays a single crystal index marker. Who needs sparklers to wave about at midnight when wearing this watch?

€350 on

Hermès Faubourg watch

Hermès Faubourg rose gold and sapphire watch

Hermès might have started out as an equestrian brand, but it has been almost a century since the French maison ventured into watchmaking. Since 1928 the brand has been producing Swiss-made watches bearing the Hermès signature and presented them at 24, Faubourg Saint-Honoré. This timepiece commemorates the Parisian street on which Hermès opened its flagship store in 1880. Designed in France and handmade at the brand's Swiss workshop, it has a polished chain-link bracelet and lacquered dial with pink and white sapphires that sparkle as we reach for our first glass of bubbly for the night.

€17.500 on net-a-porter


Olivia Burton Wonderland Gold Watch

Gilded and gleaming, Olivia Burton's Wonderland Blush Demi Dial Gold Watch glistens with a gold-plated stainless steep linked strap and two rows of 114 eye-catching Swarovski crystals. While the model is classic, there is nothing modest about this wrist watch. Made for the high street, it might not boast the same acclaim as some of the horological power-houses on this list, but it is a fun and affordable way to count down to midnight on the last night of the year.

Hublot rainbow watch

Hublot Classic Fusion Takashi Murakami Sapphire Rainbow

Japanese artist Akashi Murakami is a happy man and a renowned artist, known for his smiling flowers, which he transforms into a whirlwind of transparency and colour. Murakami worked with Swiss-watch manufacturer Hublot for the second time to deliver a timepiece that goes from black to multi-colour with transparent effects. The watch itself is made from sapphire glass which makes the dazzle of the 487 rainbow-set precious stones even more potent. It will undoubtedly be a perfect partner for your wrist when the sky lights up with fireworks and bottles are popped to welcome 2022.

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Omega watch

Omega De Ville Tresor

If your outfit is all about elegance or if you are wearing an outfit inspired by Kaia Gerber, then there is only one watch to consider; the Omega De Ville Tresor. This 36-mm version is crafted in Moonshine gold and offers no less than 38 full-cut diamonds, which curve elegantly along each side of the watch. And to celebrate the most popular colour of 2021, the dial is a precious malachite that matches the shimmering green leather strap elegantly.

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Cartier Tank Française diamond watch

Blast into the new year with Cartier's iconic 'Tank' collection. Inspired by the strong lines and caterpillar tracks of the French military's Renault tanks – used during the first and second World Wars – the style has been worn by Princess Diana and Michelle Obama. The Swiss-made yellow gold timepiece is edged with 26 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 0.62-carats and has a slim bracelet strap that has the French jewellery brand's signature invisible clasp. Now, all that's left is to learn Roman numerals so that we can all scream "10, 9, 8, 7..."

€26,600 on Cartier