titans of time
Glam up your homes with mantel-worthy clocks which impress with their aesthetics and movements alike. These are a few exceptional examples that are stunning on every level, says Charlene Co
Mantel-worthy clocks that impress with both their aesthetics and their movements
1 TORIC LÉPINE SPECIAL EDITION LALIQUE BY PARMIGIANI
This table clock features a Lalique crystal case that houses a pocket watch with a minute repeater. Its delicate engravings depict the myth of Arethusa, who was turned into a fountain by the goddess Artemis to help her flee from a lovestruck god. A unique piece.
2 DESTINATION MOON BY MB&F AND L’EPÉE 1839
MB&F and premier clockmaker L’epée partner on this sci-filooking clock, which displays the time on rotating discs. There’s also Neil, an astronaut figurine attached to the ladder connecting the crown to the movement. The piece comes in black, green, blue or silver, limited to 50 for each version.
3 DUAL TIME DESK CLOCK BY FRANCK MULLER
Franck Muller’s renowned tonneau-shaped case finds its way to the brand’s latest dual time desk clock, which stays true to its heritage with its equally recognisable art deco Arabic numerals.
4 TABLE CLOCK BY PANERAI
Featuring Panerai’s iconic “California dial,” the brand’s first dial, the PAM00651 clock incorporates the P.5000 movement, a hand-wound calibre with an eight-day power reserve, housed in a spherical transparent mineral glass. Limited to 500 pieces.
5 MÉTIERS D’ART ARCA CLOCK BY VACHERON CONSTANTIN
Inspired by a 1933 model, Vacheron Constantin highlights the unique beauty of crystal in this exquisite clock, which is equipped with a movement comprising a constant-force mechanism and a 30-day power reserve. Limited to 12 pieces.
6 MADEMOISELLE PRIVÉ COROMANDEL TABLE CLOCK BY CHANEL
Encased in an obsidian cabinet, the clock comes with a beige gold base set with 132 diamonds. The bezel, set with 176 diamonds, frames a dial with hands and flowers also in beige gold. A unique piece.
AUTOMATE FÉE ONDINE BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS The French maison partnered with automaton maker extraordinaire François Junod and some 20 workshops and artisans, including lapidaries, jewellers, stone-setters, enamellers and cabinetmakers to produce this masterpiece, which took eight years to complete. Combining a retrograde hour display and animation on demand, a whimsical 50-second show begins with the rippling of the water lily, followed by melodic chimes that signal the flower to bloom. The bejewelled fairy then wakes and admires a gem-set butterfly, which rises into the air and flaps its wings. A unique piece.