For rare-watch devotees, an elaborate dial made from extraordinary materials is the ultimate turn-on.
Parmigiani Fleurier’s Pershing Tourbillon Samba Madeira watch ($248,000) is crafted in titanium and rose gold and features a dial depicting a “Gibson and Brazil” pattern made of a meticulously handworked mosaic of exotic painted woods. The exquisitely artful watch features a 30-second tourbillon escapement within the 237-part PF510 manual-wind movement.
Fly high with Harry Winston’s new Midnight Feathers 42mm Automatic watch ($30,300), cast in 18k rose gold. The elaborate dial is crafted using plumasserie (ancient feather artistry). Each brown and black feather is carefully selected, shaped, and placed under a magnifying glass to create a marquetry of plumes in distinctly masculine tones.
Although not as obviously showy as some rare, collectible watches, the Academia Grande Date Napoleon timepiece ($12,200) from DeWitt will appeal to history lovers. A tiny piece of Napoleon’s hair is inset into the carved likeness of the famed French emperor on the dial. The watch is crafted in steel with a rubber strap, and each piece has its own serial number.
The Arachnophobia watch ($4,300) by ArtyA is crafted in a 47mm steel case that gets its shape and finish via a high-voltage lightning bolt. The dial features an actual wolf spider (a non-endangered species caught in Switzerland) decorated with gold leaf and acrylic paint. Powered by ArtyA’s in-house A82 modified three-hand movement, the watch has 52 hours of power reserve.
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- Source: LA Confidential By: Roberta Naas