Befitting of our annual art issue, these timepieces blend the strokes of masterful artisans with the mechanical genius of the world’s elite watchmakers.
Métiers d’Art Elégance Sartoriale
Vacheron Constantin’s tradition of intricately designed timepieces continues with the Swiss watchmaker’s newest Métiers d’Art collection, which celebrates the fashionable history of sartorialism with five distinct models, each bearing a swatch of patterned fabric meticulously stitched around a Roman numeral-enhanced gold and mother-of-pearl sub-dial. Grand feu enameling defines the hemlines, providing each fabric with an authentic look and vibrant sheen. vacheron-constantin.com
Lady 8 Flower
Founded in 1738, Jaquet Droz has long been recognized for its hand-painted, sculpted and engraved timepieces, and the Lady 8 Flower is no exception. This dazzling watch features a lotus flower in the upper dome, which “blooms” to reveal a gemstone heart at the push of an embedded button. Available in red gold and white gold (limited to eight of each), the Lady 8 Flower is a true work of art, whose diamond-studded lines and shimmering light effects are as equally alluring as the brand’s original creations that once helped define the Age of Enlightenment. jaquet-droz.com
RM 68-01 Tourbillon Cyril Kongo
French street artist Cyril “Kongo” Phan brings his signature graffiti style to Richard Mille’s latest collection, a first-of-its-kind collaboration for the always-innovative manufacturer. Using a calculated tweezer, stencil and airbrush-pen process that took over a year to perfect, Kongo hand-painted every bridge, baseplate and interior element of each piece—30 in total. The result is a limited series of rainbow-colored timepieces in starkly contrasting, asymmetric, NTPT carbon cases. richardmille.com