Five Best Art Dials of BaselWorld 2017

Five Best Art Dials of BaselWorld 2017

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When the dial becomes a canvas it’s difficult to predict the outcome. Hiren Kumar Bose on the spectacular watch dials   

JACQUET DROZ Petite Heure Minute

JACQUET DROZ Petite Heure Minute
JACQUET DROZ Petite Heure Minute

Enhanced by the contrast between black Grand Feu enamel and vibrant miniature painting, the flamingo awakens a desire to travel to exotic destinations with a new interpretation. The Grand Feu enamel has been worked to create a deep, uniform black version. The only background capable of enhancing the painter’s precise and infinitely thin brushstrokes, the dense and magnetic enamel gives each ornamental motif its impression of depth. With its bold plumage and impressive beak, the surprising Caribbean flamingo immediately catches the eye. 248 brilliant-cut diamonds are set along the 39 mm diameter red gold case, adding their brilliance to this eminently elegant spectacle of the bird as it seemingly prepares to unfurl its long, majestic neck. Extraordinarily vivid and captured with almost photographic precision, the bird appears as if it could move at any moment. The lifelike portrait is available as just 28 pieces and comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Ateliers d’Art, signed by the artisan whose time was devoted to its creation. Fitted with a self-winding mechanical movement and featuring a 68-hour power reserve, the watch serves as a reminder that the natural world is never as beautiful as when seen through the prism of exclusivity.

HARRY WINSTON Premier Delicate Silk Automatic watch

HARRY WINSTON Premier Delicate Silk Automatic watch
HARRY WINSTON Premier Delicate Silk Automatic watch

Harry Winston’s constant exploration in the field of rare artistic crafts offers an inimitable luxury product made from embossed raw silk, the 36 mm models, for the first time, the artistic marriage of silk and the art of embossing. The brand’s designers embarked on a new project and used a novel technique that encourages the silkworm to weave its own fabric. The result is a delicate, small area of raw silk created without the interaction of human hands. This gift of raw silk, produced directly by nature, was then dyed to obtain four colours which form the background of the dial: an intense royal red, a silvery gray, a pure white and a delicate imperial pink hue. After countless trials, a master embosser was able to stamp the 18-ct or 22-ct gold design into the raw silk, giving the material a remarkable sense of volume and depth. The watch will be presented in 18-ct white and rose gold with 57 brilliant-cut diamonds on the bezel and lugs. The floral motif embossed on the white and pink silk dials will be available in 36mm white and rose gold cases respectively, and will feature 12 diamond hour markers. The star-shaped motif embossed on the silvery gray and the royal red silk dials will also be presented in 36mm white and rose gold cases.

SLIM D’HERMÈS Grrrrr watch

SLIM D'HERMÈS Grrrrr watch
SLIM D’HERMÈS Grrrrr watch

The design originating from a Hermès silk scarf designed by the artist Alice Shirley is tamed by the brush—an unusual encounter between a gruff bear and the delicate technique of miniature enamel painting. With each pigment applied to the white gold dial, the animal’s expression becomes more daunting. Once the portrait of the bear is complete and duly protected by a translucent enamel, the watch definitely lives up to its name. Hermès dares to explore another time, designed to arouse emotions, open up interludes and create spaces for spontaneity and recreation. The 39mm watch has mechanical self-winding with white gold casing, enamel dial and has a power reserve of 50 hours.

DIOR Grand Soir Botanic

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Precious stones, materials, and dazzling colours play with volumes to create the illusion of a flower blossoming under the glass. The dial is adorned with mother-of-pearl, opals, and polished gold elements, while the case is covered with a pavé of snow-set diamonds, testifying to exceptional jewelry savoir-faire. The dial with an off-center movement at eight o’clock features blue, pink and yellow sapphires, emeralds, diamonds and rubies that evoke the falling of evening light. A more morning piece has its off-center movement at two o’clock, and its flower adorned with pale sapphires, intense sapphires, emeralds, pink sapphires, diamonds, and rubies. The Dior Grand Soir Botanic N°1 is 36 mm in diameter, covered in white gold, diamonds, and pink and yellow sapphires, while the Dior Grand Soir Botanic N°4 is adorned with white gold, diamonds, tsavorite garnets, white opal and malachite.

CORUM Bubble 42 Juliette Jourdain

CORUM Bubble 42 Juliette Jourdain
CORUM Bubble 42 Juliette Jourdain

The dial depicts a self-portrait of the talented photographer, 26-year-old Juliette Jourdain showcasing her keen artistic flair. The portrait is breathtaking – it exudes purity with her intense eyes and delicately defined features. On the dial, raised crystalline diamond drops run down the young woman’s face. Devoid of numerals and markers and featuring only very discreet hands, this highly refined Bubble is nonetheless captivating. The pure white vulcanised rubber strap forms a delicate contrast with the metallic gray of the stainless steel. Launched in 2000, Corum’s Bubble – now a Swiss watchmaking icon – has injected a wave of fun and youthfulness into the La Chaux-de-Fonds watch brand for almost 20 years, while proudly preserving its innovative spirit. The new 42mm Bubble, covered by its traditional, timeless sapphire dome, charms with its pure colours.