Limited-Edition Avian-Inspired Timepieces
BY ROBERTA NAAS
Nature often inspires the finest watchmakers to create timepieces that combine artistic diligence with enamel work, gem setting, sculpting, and engraving. According to Nicolas Bos, president and CEO of the Americas and worldwide creative director of Van Cleef & Arpels, “Hamptons women have a real appreciation for the playful dimension and the miniature reality.” More than merely an artful depiction of nature, watches with innate intricacies give women an accessory they can wear with pride. These timepieces take inspiration from the natural world, specifically the enchantment of birds, to deliver something magical to the wrist.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: From Van Cleef & Arpels, this elegant Cygnus watch is one of four watches that are sold as a complete set with a cabinet ($510,000 per set). Part of the From the Earth to the Moon Constellation collection, the Cygnus (French for “swan”) is crafted in 18k white gold with enamel work, gold sculpting, and diamonds. A limited edition of 22 sets will be manufactured. Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-627- 3200
This Cartier tourbillon watch ($221,000) is a masterpiece inside and out. It features a kingfisher in flight on the dark purple and Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial, bedecked with 210 brilliant-cut diamonds for the wings, 80 cognac-colored diamonds for the body, and an emerald eye. Finished with translucent blue, orange, yellow, and white enamel, the watch houses the Geneva-seal-certified 9458 MC Caliber with flying tourbillon created in-house by Cartier. Just 60 pieces will be made. Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-627-3200
From Chopard, this Toucan Happy Sport XL watch ($78,582) from the Animal World Collection is crafted in 18k rose gold with a mother-of-pearl dial, set with 211 multicolored diamonds (weighing five carats) and 23 rubies. It is created in a limited edition of just 25 pieces. London Jewelers, 2 Main St., East Hampton, 329-3939
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