Precious Time

If time is as important as they say, shouldn't it be dressed in diamonds? Presenting the best in jewellery watches.
Prachi Bhuchar        Print Edition: Nov 23, 2014
Precious Time
Greubel Forsey Art Piece I

It takes a lot of planning and hard work to create a piece of perfect beauty, and who knows this better than the enamellers, gem-setters, guillocheurs, engravers and other master craftsmen engaged in the watch industry? After all, they fulfill quite a quixotic function, turning devices meant to showcase time into classics of a timeless nature. In this section, we focus on elegant pieces that, upon being strapped on the owner's wrist, shine with a light of their own. Whether it's artist Willard Wigan's nano-sculpture for the Art Piece-1 by Greubel Forsey, Cartier's floral marquetry, or the Fabuleux Ornements collection by Vacheron Constantin, there is many an object of desire to be appreciated in the pages that follow. Go ahead, be dazzled.

GREUBEL FORSEY - ART PIECE I

Greubel Forsey Art Piece I
Greubel Forsey Art Piece I
Featuring a 30-degree inclined double tourbillon and a nano-sculpture on the dial that can be fully appreciated only through a microscope, this watch is the perfect marriage between artistic brilliance and elegant technology.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement GF02w calibre
CASE MATERIAL: 18-carat white gold

VACHERON CONSTANTIN MÉTIERS D'ARTS FABULEUX ORNEMENTS

Vacheron Constantin Métiers D'Arts Fabuleux Ornements
Vacheron Constantin Métiers D'Arts Fabuleux Ornements
An expression of Vacheron Constantin's expertise in the field of design and decoration, this device demonstrates openworking in 18-carat gold, a mere 1.64mm, into four creations influenced by Ottoman architecture, Chinese embroidery, Indian manuscripts and French lacework.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 1003 sqrh2 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: 18-carat gold

CARTIER BALLON BLEU FLORAL MARQUETRY

Cartier Ballon Bleu Floral Marquetry
Cartier Ballon Bleu Floral Marquetry
A timepiece, or is it a painting? With exquisite craftsmanship, diamonds, an emerald, and actual flower petals etched onto the plumage of an artistically sketched macaw parrot, you will have a winner on your wrist with this unique piece of work.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 049 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Rhodium-plated white gold

BREGUET LES VOLANTS DE LA REINE

Breguet Les Volants De La Reine
Breguet Les Volants De La Reine
Harking back to the age of Queen Marie-Antoinette, this work of art combines brilliant cut diamonds with a mother-of-pearl dial and a gem-set bow that creates the feel of rustling frills. What's more, it comes with a jewellery set comprising a ring, a necklace and earrings.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 586 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: 18-carat white gold

VAN CLEEF & ARPELS LADY ARPELS ZODIAC SCORPIO

Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Zodiac Scorpio
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Zodiac Scorpio
Drawing from nature and imagination, everything about this piece, right from its intricately sculpted mother-of-pearl dial to its exotic diamond artistry, evokes a world of harmony and beauty.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Dial Mother-of-pearl
CASE MATERIAL: White gold

HARRY WINSTON - AVENUE C MINI LILY CLUSTER

Harry Winston Avenue C Mini Lily Cluster
Harry Winston Avenue C Mini Lily Cluster
Eighteen-carat rose gold shell encrusted with 47 brilliant cut diamonds; mother-of-pearl dial set by diamond cluster motifs; water resistance up to three bars; looks that enthrall royalty. Finery doesn't get any finer.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement Quartz
CASE: Pink gold (diamond set)

PIAGET - ALTIPLANO DOUBLE JEU

Piaget Altiplano Double Jeu
Piaget Altiplano Double Jeu
A part of the 'Mythical Journey' collection, the Lake Palace Watch version is an interpretation of the monument on Udaipur's Pichola lake, rendered using a combination of gold leaf and champleve enamel on the dial. International brilliance in India-inspired art.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 830P
CASE: White gold

ROGER DUBUIS - VELVET HAUTE JOAILLERIE

Roger Dubuis Velvet Haute Joaillerie
Roger Dubuis Velvet Haute Joaillerie
Like jewellery that's alive, this beauty from the Velvet Haute collection adorns your wrist with precious stones and sapphires while stridently ticking on at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement RD821 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: 18-carat pink gold

JAQUET DROZ - GRANDE SECONDE QUANTIEME IVORY

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Quantieme Ivory
Tired of timepieces pockmarked with stones? This piece has a clean ivory enamel dial, the outcome of the historic Grand Feu processing technique, which ensures you don't lose yourself in the clutter. Simply elegant.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement 2660Q2.P calibre
CASE MATERIAL: White gold

DIOR - GRAND SOIR N»27 ORIGAMI

Dior Grand Soir N°27 Origami
Dior Grand Soir N°27 Origami
A bezel set with baguette helix-cut diamonds, horns with baguette-cut diamonds and a mother-of-pearl marquetry dial studded with triangular spinels, all brought together to resemble an exquisite piece of Japanese craftsmanship. What's more, it's a piece unique.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement Zenith Elite calibre
CASE MATERIAL: Yellow gold

HERMÈS - ARCEAU MILLEFIORI

Hermès Arceau Millefiori
Hermès Arceau Millefiori
Fancy a piece of the starry sky for yourself? Combining watchmaking and crystal designs, the cheerful dial of the Arceau Millefiori is made of 'slices' of tiny baton-cut crystals. Beauty unleashed.
WHAT MAKES IT TICK: Movement H1837 calibre
CASE MATERIAL: White gold (set with diamonds)

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