A Jewelry Maker Puts A New Spin On Watch Crystals
Gia Bahm isn’t alone in her fixation on vintage watches, but she’s done Mad Men-loving, 1960′s Timex-wearing types one better. A stylist-turned-jewelry designer whose raw crystal and empty bullet casing Unearthen necklaces are favorites of Christina Ricci, Nicole Richie, and Mary-Kate Olsen, Bahm has started popping faceted crystals on top of the faces of old watches that she sources at the Rose Bowl and other L.A. flea markets. Actually, the prismlike stones are soldered on, and they tend to warp the numbers on the tiny dials until it’s almost impossible to tell the time. “But who needs a watch, anyway?” she asks. “We all have cell phones. These are more about having something one of a kind. I love the found-object aspect of them.” Bahm, who wears two dainty gold versions on one wrist, is unveiling her creations today and tomorrow at Roseark in Los Angeles (1111 N. Crescent Heights Blvd.); we got an exclusive sneak peek. Look for them soon at Barneys and Opening Ceremony, too.