Fresh-faced watches; Re­nault Me­gane RS Tro­phy

An exquisitely crafted dial can lift a watch into the realms of ine art

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NIP­PLE, CHOCO­LATE, SAND­WICH, panda and re­verse-panda: not a ran­dom se­lec­tion from The Joy of Sex, but some of the nick­names given by watch geeks to their favourite dial de­signs. Cre­at­ing th­ese tiny sliv­ers is a sep­a­rate art within watch­mak­ing, and the best in­cor­po­rate en­gi­neer­ing, ma­te­rial in­no­va­tion and craft skill out of all pro­por­tion to their size and mass. Three new watches with stand-out di­als have just been launched, and not all at the high prices you might ex­pect when this much work is in­volved.

BEN OLIVER @thebeno­liver

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