The hand­made’s tale

MEN’S WATCHES GET THE METIER D’ARTS TREAT­MENT

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Fea­tur­ing hand-painted, jew­e­len­crusted di­als, Métiers d’Art watches are ex­tremely lim­ited and tra­di­tion­ally fe­male-fo­cused. But for 2017, a host of man­u­fac­tures have cre­ated time­pieces with men in mind. Graff’s MasterGraff Gy­roGraff World com­prises a dial made of blue aven­turine (gold­speck­led glass), which has been hand-painted for 60 hours to cre­ate a mind-blow­ing galaxy pat­tern. Ja­quet Droz’s Pe­tite Heure Minute Lion fea­tures a mag­nif­i­cent big cat. Painted di­rectly onto a black grand feu enamel dial, each por­trait is unique and the watch is lim­ited to 28 pieces. Vacheron Con­stantin’s Métiers d’Art Coper­ni­cus Ce­les­tial Spheres col­lec­tion fea­tures three watches de­pict­ing the world ac­cord­ing to Re­nais­sance as­tronomer Ni­co­laus Coper­ni­cus. One watch fea­tures a grand feu enamel dial, an­other is hand-en­graved and the fi­nal piece is both laser- and hand-en­graved. An ac­quired taste per­haps, but they’re all un­de­ni­ably works of art.

MasterGraff Gy­roGraff World, £POA;

graffdi­a­monds.com

Pe­tite Heure Minute Lion, £25,400;

ja­quet-droz.com

Métiers d’Art Coper­ni­cus Ce­les­tial Spheres Ref 7600U: hand-en­graved, £102,100; laser-en­graved, £91,400; enamel, £134,400;

vacheron-con­stantin.com

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