An anachro­nism in con­tem­po­rary times, pocket watches have be­come col­lec­tor items, their ap­peal en­hanced by these es­o­teric dec­o­ra­tive arts

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Her­mès (top) has de­clared that its theme for 2016 is “na­ture at full gal­lop”, evok­ing its eques­trian her­itage. It takes its in­spi­ra­tion from a silk scarf cre­ated by artist An­nie Faivre, which de­picts philoso­pher Pla­ton’s stroll through the gar­dens of Acade­mus. The trio of Arceau pocket watches are brought to life with a plethora of artis­tic skills in­clud­ing enam­elling and en­grav­ing.

Maîtres du Temps (right) com­bines Chi­nese art with Swiss me­chan­ics for the lat­est project un­der its Fine Arts Chap­ter. The watch­maker has col­lab­o­rated with the multi-hy­phen­ate Chi­nese artist Fan Zeng on a se­ries of 12 pocket watches, each de­pict­ing a zodiac sign. A white onyx dial is the can­vas for this en­deav­our, and the fi­nal re­sult mim­ics the exquisite­ness of a porce­lain paint­ing. The hunter case back re­veals a tour­bil­lon and a metic­u­lously dec­o­rated move­ment.

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