With spring just around the corner, shoots of green will soon be peeking from the warming ground, followed by the first flowers of the season. Shown here are a few spring watches with floral themes to heighten your appetites—both for watches and for sultry days ahead.
Vacheron Constantin Chinese Embroidery
The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements celebrates the decorative arts of several cultures at the hands of Vacheron Constantin’s own artisans. Two years after its first launch, the collection unveils four new models, with ten different master artisans providing reinterpretations of Ottoman architecture, Chinese embroidery, Indian manuscripts and French lacework. Each creation is equipped with a hand-engraved movement: caliber 1003 in 18-karat gold. Shown here is Chinese Embroidery crafted in white gold using jade in the stone-cloisonné technique. Mother-of-pearl flowers are complemented by finely hand engraved gold leaves and pistils.
Roger Dubuis Blossom Velvet Pink
The 36 mm pink gold case of the Roger Dubuis Blossom Velvet Pink is embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the bezel and lugs. Artisans used subtle shades of pink to form a floral décor fashioned from grand feu enamel that defines the flowers and leaves. The blossoms rest on dainty tendrils, and the center of each flower sparkles with a diamond. Inside is a self-winding movement with a 48-hour power reserve: Caliber RD821. The watch comes on a pink satin strap whose buckle is set with brilliant-cut diamonds.
Piaget Altiplano 38mm Rose
Piaget once again presents its iconic rose motif on the Altiplano 38mm, this year highlighting the artisanal craft of gold enraving. For this new model, the artist uses a scriber to outline the rose’s gold petals then meticulously sculpts each one with the goal of creating the illusion of depth, given that the dial thickness is very slim in keeping with the ultra-thin nature of this model. Each petal is worked in conjunction with those around it to create a lifelike flower, and then the engraver sands and smoothens the surfaces. Finally, the angles are accentuated to reinforce the folds and perfect the sense of thickness.
Pascal Raffy, the owner of Bovet 1822 and the Dimier 1738 Manufacture, is reprising the company’s historic expertise in the decorative arts–and miniature enameling in particular—in collaboration with illustrious enameler and jeweler Ilgiz Fazulzyanov. The first exclusive collection of timepieces focuses around two themes: the Horsemen of the Apocalypse and natural floral motifs, an example shown here. Fazulzyanov is the first jeweler to be invited to the Kremlin Museum to exhibit his work since Peter-Carl Fabergé in 1917, and some of the Bovet timepieces sourced from this partnership will be exhibited there March 31 through July 31, 2016.