Exquisite Timepieces: 6 Métiers d’Art Watches

Watchmaking is one of the few trades on earth that retains the same dedication to quality and craftsmanship that it had centuries ago.  Even amongst the world’s best watchmakers, some timepieces stand above the crowd.  Like haute couture fashion, metiers d’Art watches feature the very best handiwork that master watchmakers can provide.  These are some of the very best metiers d’Art watches in the world.

Philippe Patek – Calatrava Azulejos

 

Exquisite Timepieces: Métiers d’Art Watches
Photo courtesy of Philippe Patek

 

Debuted at this year’s Baselword, Patek’s gorgeous watch draws inspiration from the Portugese ceramic tiles that are assembled in a mosaic-like fashion in order to create large-scale murals.  This hand-painted watch depicts a traditional fish market.  The watch has a limited edition release, so you will need to act quickly to secure one of these timepieces.

Vacheron Constantin – Villes Lumieres – New York

 

Exquisite Timepieces: Métiers d’Art Watches
Photo courtesy of Vacheron Constantin

 

Each of the watches in Vacheron Constantin’s “Light City” collection has been hand-decorated by artist Yoko Imaï.  She sets more than 30,000 dots of diamond, platinum or gold powder onto the watch face with a thin metal stylus in the design of one of three cities: New York, Paris, and Geneva.  The design resembles what travelers see as they approach these cities at night by air.  This watch is for all who wish to always carry a piece of art on their wrist.

Dior – Grand Soir Botanic

 

Exquisite Timepieces: Métiers d’Art Watches
Photo courtesy of Dior

 

Drawing from Christian Dior’s love for flora, this collection of 8 watches feature dials adorned with gorgeous botanicals.

 

Their dials, adorned with precious stones of various shapes and sizes, mother-of-pearl, opals and polished gold elements, testify to an exceptional jewelry savoir-faire.

 

The cases are inlaid with white diamonds and also each flower is accented with colorful gems.

Vacheron Constantin – Copernicus Celestial Spheres ES 2460 RT

 

Exquisite Timepieces: Métiers d’Art Watches
Photo courtesy of Vacheron Constantin

 

A tribute to the mathematics advancements of Copernicus, this Vacheron Constantin watch features not only two floating triangular hands which identify the minutes and hours, but also an accurate representation of the Earth’s rotation around the sun.  A small engraved, or enameled earth rotates around a central sun, through the 12 signs of the Zodiac.  The watch’s Earth disc rotates around its axis once every 24 hours and orbits the central Sun once every 365.2421898 days.

Harry Winston – Premier Delicate Silk

 

Exquisite Timepieces: 6 Métiers d’Art Watches
Photo courtesy of Harry Winston

 

The Premier Delicate Silk Automatic 36mm timepieces explore the origins of luxury and fuse together the ancient art of silk weaving and embossing, with a dash of noble inspiration from Europe’s royal houses.

 While many watchmakers make use of leather and paper for embossing techniques, master artists were able to emboss rare silk with 18K gold to create the dial of this stunning timepiece.  A masterful work of art for your wrist.

Vacheron Constantin – Metiers d’Art Lady Kalla

 

Exquisite Timepieces: Métiers d’Art Watches
Photo courtesy of Vacheron Constantin

 

Easily the most ostentatious watch in the Vacheron Constantin Metiers d’Art collection, the Lady Kalla watch features 125 diamonds set in 18K white gold.  This watch carries nearly 129 carats of white diamonds in the watch and band.  Combining excellence in watchmaking with world-class jewelry design, this watch is a heirloom piece. Wouldn’t the lady in your life love one?

So, tell us, which of your watches do you prize the most?  Show us a picture by posting on social media and tagging us! We would love to see the piece of art that you treasure for your wrist.

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Exquisite Timepieces: 6 Métiers d’Art Watches
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