In the world of fine watchmaking superb engineering blends with impeccable design to create a new spectacular trend – that of microsculpture watches. Albeit simpler in terms of horological technology, these intricate timepieces are more advanced in visual design.
They are characterized by three-dimensional scenes – highly imaginative in theme and execution with the so-called “living pictures” conveying a stunning display of craftsmanship and expertise. More and more renowned brands are embracing the new trend and creating staggering pieces that are worth the time and attention.
Chopard debuted a sublimely exquisite enamel and 18k gold peacock watch – created by respected Japanese artist Kichiro Masumura. Employing old lacquering methods, the picture becomes vividly enchanting with the undertones and luxuriance of the piece enhancing its exuberant beauty. The price of the magnificent watch is $24,290.
Next in line is Boucheron’s ethnic and vividly colourful Crazy Jungle Hathi collection. Each of the timepieces showcases a different symbol that stands for something unique. The colours are bold and the execution of the design itself is flamboyant and eye-catching. All models retail for $90,000 each.
One of the world’s most renowned houses of jewellery – Cartier – graciously joined the trend of microsculpture watches with the bespoke Promenade d’une Panthère: a true testament to the brand’s sense of style and timeless elegance. The $92,000 watch boasts 633 diamonds set in white gold and adorning the strong feline figure that graces the dial – a true symbol of power and agility.
Luxury jeweler and watchmaker Van Cleef and Arpels’s “Poetic Complications” line that debuts one new model each year is the stuff that dreams are made of. The 2014’s Pont des Amoureux watch is a romantic and beautifully-detailed piece that brilliantly conveys the level of craftsmanship and attention to detail the house is known for. Priced $116,000, the watch comes in two models – one with a diamond band and another with a white leather strap.