Your watch has what in it? Not a phrase you hear too often when wearing a timepiece, unless your watch offers an incredible surprise. Yesterday we unveiled the new Armin STrom Cognac watch here — with actual flasks of rare cognac in it. Now, it’s time to take a closer look at some timepieces with a few surprising elements in them.
Indeed, today’s watchmakers vie for top spot when it comes to offering unusual watches. Sometimes that challenge is met with complicated movements or new materials, but in these watches, the brands look toward incorporating some extremely atypical elements into the watch dial that make it a work of art, or nature.
The Parmigiani Fleurier 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 meticulously hand-worked mosaic of exotic painted woods. The watch features a 30-second tourbillon escapement within the 237-part PF510 manual-wind movement. Meanwhile, Hublot’s Big Bang Jeans Steel 44mm watch ($16,000) is made using actual blue jeans for the strap and dial. The jeans are genuine washed and used. The case is steel and the movement is an HUB4100 self-winding chronograph with 42 hours of power reserve.
Tending to the softer side, Harry Winston’s r Midnight Feathers 42mm Automatic watch ($30,300) is crafted in 18-karat gold, and the elaborate dial is crafted using Plumasserie (ancient feather artistry). Each brown and black domestic goose feather is carefully selected, shaped and placed under a magnifying glass to ensure optimal precision as the marquetry of plumes comes together in masculine tones – with a dash of dare. Not as visible at a glance as the materials in the other watches, this DeWitt Academia Grande Date Napoleon timepiece ($12,200) has a tiny piece of Napoleon’s hair inset into the carved likeness of the famed leader on the dial. The watch is crafted in steel with a rubber strap and each piece made has its own serial number. (Parts of this article by Roberta Naas were first published in Ocean Drive Magazine.)