Art watches that will free the artist in you
Artistic pieces aren’t just for decorating the walls of your home – why not adorn your wrist with one of these art watches to instantly enhance your style?
Arceau The Three Graces
Available in a limited edition of 24 pieces, this superb Hermes Horloger is a masterful reinterpretation of the eponymous silk scarf designed in 2020 by British artist Alice Shirley. On the deep-hued dial, a portrait of a giraffe stands tall, craftsman-crafted over 195 pieces crafted from a combination of naturally dark, light, stained, or bleached woods, such as American walnut and maple. , the European sycamore and the tulip tree. The pieces are put together like a puzzle, before the portrait is then glued, sanded and coated with a protective varnish. Framing the portrait is a 38 mm white gold case, its bezel set with 82 diamonds, completed by a sapphire blue alligator strap matching the aventurine base of the dial. The Hermès H1912 self-winding mechanical movement drives the hour and minute hands of the artistic watch.
Legacy Machine FlyingT
Standing out in a collection of fine watches is no easy task, yet the MB&F The LM FlyingT lapis lazuli diamond-set edition achieves this with its rich colors. Its bright blue dial and dial plate are complemented by a dark green leather strap, while diamonds further accentuate the elegance of its 38.5mm 18k white gold case. On the dial inclined at 50 ° positioned at 7 o’clock, an intimate communication allowing only the wearer to see the time, the absence of numbers allows the two serpentine hands to stand out with daring, accentuating the art of the timepiece . The domed sapphire crystal top of the bezel provides ample room for an asymmetric ventricular opening in the subtly curved dial plate, framing the heart of the watch – a cinematic flying tourbillon beating at a serene frequency of 2.5 Hz (18,000 vph). Meanwhile, the sapphire crystal caseback on the other side reveals the three-dimensional red gold sun-shaped self-winding rotor with sculpted spokes.
Sky Moon Tourbillon Top Crafts
For the third rare artisanal interpretation of Patek PhilippeThe second most complicated wristwatch, the Ref. 5002 Sky Moon Tourbillon, the new model receives a facelift that combines the warm shimmer of rose gold with brown grand feu enamel. The moon phase window and the moon on the rotating disc, executed in champlevé enamel, are visible around the edge of the dial. A grand feu cloisonné enamel decoration, made with a thin flat gold wire, is featured in the center of the dial. A pattern of scrolls and arabesques is also manually engraved on the case, crowns, repeating slide and folding clasp. On the front dial of this double-sided wristwatch, a perpetual calendar with retrograde date, a display of moon phases and the leap year cycle is visible, while on the reverse a celestial map showing the apparent movement of the moon. and the stars seen from the northern hemisphere is displayed. The latter is made possible by the brand’s own system of three superimposed discs moving along different and precisely calculated trajectories.
Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey
Collaborating for the second time with American artist Shepard Fairey, Porthole reinforces its commitment to its “Hublot Loves Art” program by unveiling a limited edition watch symbolizing a mandala. The ornamental symbol, whose origins can be traced simultaneously in several cultures around the world, represents harmony, the precious nature of time in the spirit, and the cycle of life and the elements. Brushed and etched into the 45mm titanium bezel and case, the intricate pattern is also seen extending onto the dial, on which the hands display Fairey’s signature ‘Star Gear’ mark in the center. The dial has also been finely cut to reveal the watch’s HUB 1155 self-winding skeleton chronograph movement.
High Jewelry Lion Head
Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of Gucci, is inspired by one of the Maison’s design motifs, Lion Head, to design these Gucci High Jewelry models. Presented in three vibrant colors, the design of the watches revolves around the Swiss Made ETA F03.101 quartz movement. The majestic timepieces are available in an 18K yellow gold case set with diamonds, featuring a malachite stone dial and a green alligator strap; an 18-karat yellow gold case set with diamonds, with a tiger eye stone dial and brown alligator strap; and an 18-carat white gold case set with diamonds, turquoise stone dial, black alligator strap. These fine watches are part of Gucci’s fine watchmaking collection launched earlier this year, on the brand’s 100th anniversary.
(Main picture: Porthole, Other photos: respective brands)