Photo credit: Coronet

See video of this 15,858-diamond world record watch!

Hong Kong based Coronet, a division of Aaron Shum Jewelry, set the Guinness World Record for most diamonds set on a watch at last year’s Baselworld, the watch and jewelry trade show in Basel, Switzerland.

An astonishing 15,858 diamonds weighing 50.01 carats total adorn the award-winning diamond watch which is named Mudan ( 牡丹 ), which is the Chinese word for peony. Diamonds, timepiece and 18-karat gold were crafted together in the shape of a dazzling, blossoming peony. Heralded as the king of flowers in Chinese culture, the peony symbolizes honor, wealth and notoriety.

Photo credit: Coronet

Jewelry designer and artist Reena Ahluwalia painted the realistic faceted-diamond on the dial of the watch, which features real diamonds at the 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 12:00 positions. She commented:

I feel honored that my artwork has made it into the Guinness World Records. While growing up, I used to read about the Guinness World Records with pure amazement, so this feels very special to me.

See The Mudan Watch on designer Reena’s YouTube channel.

That 2019 award marked the ninth Guinness World Record Coronet has claimed. Prior awards include “Most Jewels on a Guitar,” a Fender Deluxe Jazz Bass with 16,033 gemstones from Swarovski – “Most Valuable Guitar,” a Gibson masterpiece with 401 carats of diamonds and a Kathrine Baumann conceived Coca-Cola bottle-shaped handbag featuring with 9,888 diamonds.

So delicious.

There will be more coverage coming, clearly. Meanwhile, if you’d like to click to enjoy another sparkling Guinness World Record holder you can see this video of a 7777-diamond world record ring here. The video follows the careful process of counting, grading and documenting each diamond in the ring’s seven sections by IGI Graduate Gemologists and concludes with the ring’s IGI Jewelry Report and Guinness World Record certificate.

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Angi Butler

Angi's first career was in diamond, gemstone and fashion jewelry sales. Now a corporate executive, she shares her advice and opinions on these pages.

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