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On Bridgerton Time: Luxury Pocket Watches to Enhance Your Regency Era Aesthetic

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With the release of Bridgerton Season 3 (Part 1), the celebration of all vintage things including corset dresses, carriage rides and beautiful tea sets is back. Set in the Regency era, the show has swept global audiences under its charm, and much like Jane Austen’s books have sparked Georgian-era themed events, the Bridgerton frenzy too has caught on. If you’re a horology enthusiast, stick around! We’ve found a special way to combine your love for the Netflix show and timepieces with these luxury pocket watches that celebrate the best of both worlds.

The past few years have seen a resurgence of pocket watches that boast intricate designs incorporated with modern Technology. Watchmakers worldwide have indulged in designing vintage-style timepieces with complications previously impossible to master. The appeal of vintage pocket watches can also be observed in the staggering prices at which they are sold at auctions. In fact, at a recent auction in London, former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s pocket watch fetched a whopping GBP 95,000 (Approx. USD 120,312), three times more than its estimate of GBP 20,000 to GBP 30,000 (Approx. USD 25,415 to USD 38,123).

If you’re planning a makeover for your watch collection, much like Penelope Featherington’s (Nicola Coughlan) glow-up in Bridgerton Season 3, treat yourself to some vintage charm with these luxury pocket watches.

Luxury pocket watches for Bridgerton fans

Cartier Mysterious Double Tourbillon

Price: GBP 3,86,000 (Approx. HKD 38,27,286)
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Matching the vibe of the Bridgerton family who are often seen wearing costumes in shades of blue, this Cartier timepiece could be a great addition to your collection. Featuring a white gold case and an 18k gold chain, it also has a beaded crown set with a stunning sapphire. Additionally, the sword-shaped hands are a standout with their unique design. Its manual winding mechanism further combines art and engineering in a sleek manner, thus giving you the perfect feel of using a classic timepiece.

Patek Philippe 980R Hunter-Case

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With a minimalist design that truly captures the essence of vintage timepieces, the Patek Philippe 980R Hunter-Case pocket watch is a beautiful representation of elegance. A perfect accessory for any Bridgerton-themed event, this timepiece seems like something Viscount Anthony Bridgerton would carry. Its sophisticated design consists of a rose gold case with a white dial, and a seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. Featuring gold-applied numericals in a clean design, the manually wound pocket watch is a great choice for connoisseurs of rare timepieces given that the Maison crafts pocket watches only in limited numbers.

Parmigiani Fleurier’s L’ Armoriale pocket watch

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In a blissful combination of art meets engineering, the L’ Armoriale pocket watch by Parmigiani Fleurier is a timepiece that defines luxury. As delicate and beautiful as the designs of Madame Delacroix’s (Kathryn Drysdale) dresses in Bridgerton, this pocket watch celebrates every element of exceptional craftsmanship. Featuring a colour palette that will remind you of Penelope Featherington’s citrus-themed dresses, the case is hand-carved in white gold and features enamel in shades of yellow and red. In contrast to the shades of the case, the rich brown dial features four subdials. Additionally, in terms of functionality, it offers superior features like a minute repeater and a perPetual calendar, a rare complication in pocket watches. The pocket watch also comes with an 18k white gold chain that is entirely handcrafted, turning it from mere pocket watch into a great fashion accessory. It is the perfect pick to match your outfit for a promenade date.

BOVET 1822 The Virtuoso III

Luxury pocket watches for Bridgerton lovers
The Bovet 1822 Virtuoso III can be converted into a wristwatch, table watch or pocket watch. (Image: Bovet)

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If the regal vibe of Bridgerton’s Regency era fascinates you, this BOVET 1822 timepiece captures its essence for our contemporary day and age. It certainly has all the elements to be a top contender as the “diamond of the season” for your watch collection. The Virtuoso III is a part of the brand’s Fleurier collection featuring a retrograde perPetual calendar, and also comes with a reversed hand-fitting that enables the time to be displayed on both sides of the case. It can be carried in multiple ways and offers a convertible system that allows you to turn it into a table clock, a pocket watch, as well as a reversible wristwatch. The dial features numerous elements including a sapphire blue background for the day and month discs. Intricately designed in an 18k red gold case, the beautiful bridges and plates on the bezel are hand engraved, providing a luxurious aesthetic.

Omega Olympic pocket watch

Pocket watches for Bridgerton fans
This Omega pocket is an Olympic edition timepiece that comes with the five-ring logo designed on its back. (Image: Omega)

Price: HKD 936,900
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For those who favour simplicity and accuracy, the Omega Olympic pocket watch is a great limited-edition piece to add to your collection. Crafted in 18k yellow gold, it features a minimalistic white dial with a small seconds dial, a 30-minute recorder, a central chronograph hand and a split seconds hand. Without being overly eye-catching, it has an elegant aesthetic that makes it easy to pair with all ensembles as an accessory. The understated design of this pocket watch makes it a potential suitor worthy of Bridgerton Season 3′s charmingly introverted Francesca (Hannah Dodd). Apart from its Bridgerton-inspired aesthetic, this specialty pocket watch also holds charm for Sports fans, as its caseback is stamped with the official five-ring logo of the Olympic Games.

(Main and featured images: Bridgerton/Instagram; Parmigiani Fleurier/Instagram)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

– Are pocket watches still used today?

Pocket watches have found a resurgence in recent years as a fashion accessory and several luxury watchmakers have released special collections. Also, with Netflix shows like Bridgerton Season 3 inspiring themed parties and events, fans are turning to accessories like pocket watches.

– What is the most expensive pocket watch?

The 1933 Patek Philippe Henry Graves Supercomplication is reportedly the world’s most expensive pocket watch, and sold for a staggering price of USD 24 million in 2014.

– What pocket watch does Anthony Bridgerton have in Bridgerton?

While the brand of the watch used on the show is unknown, actor Jonathan Bailey who plays Anthony Bridgerton revealed that the show’s designers gifted him his character’s pocket watch after the end of Season 2.

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