The Métiers d’Art collection
Master Craftsmen have been letting loose a few lyrical flights of fancy, meticulously embellishing dials with delicate petals. The three floral timepieces here, born of their wandering thoughts, are the perfect illustration.
Chopard L.U.C XP
Esprit de Fleurier Peony
The latest Haute Horlogerie creation to showcase the pool of Métiers d’Art that Chopard has been practising since 2014 celebrates the art of Grand Feu Enamel. This limited edition of eight pieces depicting the peony borrows its aesthetic from pocket watches. Each of them decorated by the enamelling artisan
using the traditional skill of mixing silica with ground oxides. The coloured powders formed are dissolved in water and then applied in thin layers to the dial. The dial is fired at a high temperature between each application. Fleurisanne engraving, another Metier d’Art, decorates the L.U.C 96.23-L movement.
Grand Soir Jardins de Nuit
Welcome to Monsieur Christian Dior’s garden… Wild golden branches, scarab-beetle elytra, and precious flowers invading dials plunged into darkness, lit by moonlight. Among these wonders, the unique Dior Grand Soir Jardins de Nuit No. 3’s dial is decorated with gold flowers and leaves adorned with stones. The elytra marquetry sublimates the dial with its mysterious nuances.
One Precious Flowers Purple Arums
Of the four Precious Flowers interpretations, we especially like the Purple Arums. The Reverso’s double-sided case is the ideal canvas for the watch manufacturer’s Métiers Rares: enamelling, engraving, and gem-setting. This pink gold masterpiece is adorned with enamelled flowers and leaves, sublimated by a background encrusted with snow-set diamonds. The floral motif is omnipresent, from back to bezel down to the slightest curves and angles.