The Art of Time

Plaza Watch International - - Display Ladies -

Vacheron Con­stantin cel­e­brates the art of 19th cen­tury botan­i­cal il­lus­tra­tion in its new Métiers d’Art Flo­rilège col­lec­tion of time­pieces, in­spired by botanist Robert John Thorn­ton’s The Tem­ple of Flora, pub­lished in 1799. The dial of the White Lily watch, shown here in a 37mm 18k white gold case, fea­tures hand guil­loché and Grand Feu cloi­sonné translu­cent enam­el­ing, prov­ing at least one thing: The ad­vent of the dig­i­tal era may have made me­chan­i­cal watch­mak­ing tech­ni­cally ob­so­lete, but the re­nais­sance in artis­tic tech­niques has helped save the genre from ir­rel­e­vance. $125,600. www.vacheron-con­

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