Natural Instincts

Top watchmakers are looking to nature for inspiration on some of their latest releases. Traditional gems and precious metals are being used to recreate idyllic scenes, or are being augmented with gorgeous materials from unexpected sources.

Zen Meditation
Vacheron Constantin’s Les Métiers d’Art-La Symbolique des Lacques Collection is as stunning as it is unique. In a limited series of 20 pieces, craftsmen at the venerable brand use the ancient Japanese art of maki-e, a lacquering technique developed over a thousand years ago. Powders made from metals such as gold, copper, lead and platinum are painstakingly applied in this Kame Kaéru Koi timepiece to create a detailed glimmering scene of a carp and waterfall. The watch is completed with a transparent, sapphire glass back, 18 kt. white gold case and alligator strap;

Unique Beauty
The jeweler-watchmakers at Harry Winston are breaking the mold with their latest collection of ladies’ timepieces, the Premier Feathers. Encased in 18 kt. white or rose gold and accented with 66 brilliant-cut diamonds, each watch features a dial gorgeously layered with pheasant or peacock feathers, using a rare and delicate technique last popular in the 16th Century. Harry Winston’s collaboration with one of the few craftspeople in the world capable of doing this delicate work, Nelly Saunier, has resulted in a series of subtly stunning pieces, each of which is truly and exceptionally unique. Each piece is finished with a satin strap with gold buckle and additional diamond accents;