Vacheron Constantin Ornamentz Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements “Chinese Embroidery”
A timepiece of arresting crafts executed with great dexterity, “Chinese Embroidery” is one of four of Vacheron Constantin’s latest Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements collection. For this installation, the maison once again deployed the expertise of 10 different master craftsmen to reinterpret the ornamental arts of different cultures. Powered by the incredible hand-engraved, ultra-thin calibre 1003 in 18K gold, perfectly, hand-drawn, hand-chamfered, decorated and fashioned to form a feather-light composition, the beautiful “Chinese embroidery” is crafted in pink gold according to the stone-cloisonné technique, set with a jade inlay. The flowers on the dial are sculpted from mother-of-pearl and pink opal which employed the technique of glyptic art and are complimented by finely hand-engraved gold leaves and pistils. To further accentuate the pastel beauty of the dial, the bezel is festooned with a ring of 64 round-cut diamonds.
Piaget Altiplano Double Jeu watch G0A40564
Powered by the celebrated 830P ultra-thin hand-wound movement, Piaget’s latest timepiece from the Secrets and Lights collection arrives as an accomplished and fascinating evocation of Venice in which it captures the allure of the night through the elaborate art of relive engraving. Gracing both sides of the Double Jeu model, this enchanting tri-dimensional décor reveals a realistic portrait of a gondola heading for Santa Maria Della Salute giving rise to visions of a vibrant rendezvous between two beings in a hurry. It is presented in a 43mm 18K white gold case ringed with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds and runs at a limited edition of 8 specimens.
Cartier D’art Ronde Louis Cartier Filigree Watch
A testament to Cartier’s dedication to the renaissance of traditional métiers, the ornate Ronde Louis Filigree debuts a rarefied, ancient goldsmith technique known as gold filigree which spans as far back as ancient Egypt, nearly 5000 years ago. Arriving in a limited edition of just 20 specimens, the timepiece features a pair of panthers outlined and filled with tiny twisted threads of precious metal, of which, for a month, artisans worked painstakingly to solder gold and platinum threads together to create this compelling lace-like effect. The filigree panther is then further enhanced with black lacquer spots, 120 brilliant-cut diamonds as well as pear-shaped emeralds for the eyes. Set with 58 brilliant-cut diamonds, the case measures 42mm in diameter and is equipped with the hand-wound 430 MC movement.
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Peau d’Âne Forêt enchantée
The Peau d’Âne Forêt enchantée strikes as the sort of timepiece that was technically and symbolically made to elicit a daydream. It boasts a visually dense, heavily gem-set dial that depicts vividly, Charles Perrault fairytale Peau d’Âne of a princess finding refuge in the woods at night, with animals and a glowing cottage – a resplendent scene that took 150 hours to create, coalescing sculpting and engraving on gold, miniature painting, and gem-setting on six levels. The enchanted forest is depicted in emeralds and tsavorites, robins in spessartites while diamonds and sapphires create a river and yellow sapphire outfits the cottage. Above all, the enchanted forest brings back the allure of well-loved childhood fables and semaphores a journey into the unknown.