Harry Winston, Chanel, Patek Phillipe, Christian Dior, as well as a few other names have become world famous for their outstanding contributions to the ultimate wrist accessory – the watch.

The luxury timepieces created by such designers embody elegance and perfection, and are crafted with some of the Earth’s most exclusive and timeless minerals, precious metals and gems.

Patek Philippe’s Twenty-4 ladies wristwatch collection, launched in 1999, was created to reflect the style of the refined, active woman. The collection features more than a dozen timepieces available in steel, rose gold or white gold, and fancied up with diamonds and onyx. Rose gold is a gold and copper alloy, most commonly three-quarters gold and one-quarter copper.

Chanel’s J12 collection, the first line of sporty timepieces introduced by Chanel, consists of J12, J12 Joaillerie, J12 Superleggera and the Special Edition series – all of which cater to the urban and sophisticated. The line incorporates Chanel’s hallmark black-and-white look, with some watches adorned with sapphires or rubies.

Harry Winston made history with the Harry Winston Ocean Diver Chronograph, presenting the world with the first platinum diving watch. Unveiled in 1998, the collection combines three of the designer’s favorite watchmaking materials – Zalium, rose gold and white gold. Zalium is a zirconium-based alloy that is reportedly much harder than titanium and is also used in jet engines and surgical tools.

Dior’s Christal Chronograph collection, designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior, is comprised of 16 watches and chronographs in two sizes. The jeweled variations, with the sapphire crystal-studded bezel, have a flashy 44 top Wesselton diamonds for the watches and 48 for the chronographs.

Watch afficionados can partake of a special collector’s event at Ben Bridge Timeworks in Ala Moana on Thursday, Dec. 13.