An­cient Arts

Watch­mak­ers show­case their artis­tic tal­ents through rare dec­o­ra­tive tech­niques

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style Watched & Jewellery -

hen watch­mak­ing houses and ar­ti­sans col­lab­o­rate, their ef­forts can be mag­nif­i­cent. Such was the win­ner of the 2014 Grand Prix d’hor­logerie’s Métiers d’art prize, Kari Vouti­lainen’s Hisui watch. It fea­tures a mul­ti­coloured dial made of a com­bi­na­tion of gold dust, gold leaf and abalone shells, us­ing an an­cient tech­nique from Ja­panese lac­quer mas­ter Un­ryuan. The Hisui took more than 1,000 hours to com­plete the dial and bridges. The 39mm rose gold watch’s main plate and bridges are dec­o­rated with the lac­quer­ing tech­nique, as seen through the sap­phire crys­tal case­back.

Cartier rein­vents the fil­i­gree via the lace­work gold­smithing tech­nique, in a process that takes a month’s work. The crafts­men be­hind the Ronde Louis Cartier XL fil­i­gree watch fash­ioned a pair of pan­thers with emer­ald eyes, whose black lac­quer-spot­ted coats are wo­ven from el­e­ments of gold and plat­inum, then set with di­a­monds. The pan­thers are en­cir­cled by a bezel that’s pavé-

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