Watchmakers are taking inspiration from the season’s most sensational blooms to create horticultural, haute horology that is a garden of glamour.
Mother Nature’s delicate designs have excited and inspired clock and watchmakers for hundreds of years. That passion for the pastoral has evolved as watchmakers have learned to perfect the look on wristwatches via an array of innovative and beautiful techniques: Some brands turn to diamonds and gemstones to adorn their designs, while others use embroidery, sculptured gems, and technical nuances to transform their timepieces into floral masterpieces.
This Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Décor Camélia Maki-e watch ($40,000) is crafted in 18k yellow gold and set with 60 brilliantcut diamonds. The black lacquer dial is adorned with a gold paillon camellia fower, created using the Japanese Maki-e technique (which entails adding metal powders and decorative materials to the lacquer while still wet). The watch houses a self-winding mechanical movement. Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd., 516-918-2700
From Van Cleef & Arpels, the Lady Arpels Chance Cherry Blossom Extraordinary Dial (price on request) features a byzantine mosaic that deftly blends a host of arts, including hand-engraving, enamel, gem-setting, and gold sculpting. The bezel is diamond set, and the watch houses a Swiss mechanical manual-wind movement. Americana Manhasset, 516-627-4947
Piaget’s Limelight Blooming Rose timepiece ($46,900) is crafted in 18k white gold and set with 252 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 2.4 carats. What makes this watch even more noteworthy is that the petals open or close with just the touch of the hand. London Jewelers, 2 Main St., East Hampton, 329-3939
photography by jeff crawford. styling by terry lewis