Summer is here in full swing, and as we begin to scribble garden parties and rooftop soirees into our calendars, there is no better accessory than a sparkling summer watch to accompany us on these endeavours. Delicately entwined along the dials or playfully positioned within intricate tourbillons, watchmakers have long been inspired by the beauty of the bloom. A balance between art and technology, and a poetic homage to ancient handcraft, these five fabulous timepieces are adorned with feminine floral motifs for the sophisticated lady. From eye-catching statement pieces to dazzling everyday wear, you’ll always feel the freshest of the bunch with these on your wrist.
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Part of the Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Extraordinary Dials’ collection, the Charms Extraordinaire Amour watch portrays a dreamy interplay of the seasons. The 38mm pink gold case holds a gradation of pink sapphires and 250 round diamonds, and is accompanied by a sparkly rotating charm. The mother-of-pearl dial is definitely the eye-catcher of this piece, adorned with a beautiful scene of miniature-painted wallflowers, forget-me-nots and cyclamens. Featuring a red alligator interchangeable strap, this statement piece is a perfectly harmonious way to celebrate the flowing of time through flora and fauna in graceful feminine fashion.
For those looking for a more sleek and subtle way to bloom with the flower theme, Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé Camélia watch is an elegant option. Available in black or white variations, the watch features a yellow gold case set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds, supported by a chic satin strap. The black lacquer dial is adorned with Chanel’s signature camellia flower symbol in yellow gold, and quail eggshells applied using the Japanese Maki-e technique. Indeed, all of the Mademoiselle Privé collection showcases the special skill of the French luxury brand’s artisans, creating a line that is suave and sophisticated, and an apt accessory for any style or situation.
A less literal approach to the floral theme, Omega’s Ladymatic shines like a white rose in an enchanted forest. Made with 184 full-cut diamonds, the bezel is mounted on a 34mm 18k red gold case and presented on a white satin-brushed leather strap. The highlight is definitely the dazzling dial, to be admired through a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Bright and brilliant, the combination of its fine rose gold lines, imaginative design and luxurious finish makes this an entrancing statement piece suitable for everyday wear.
Designed in 2015 to celebrate Patek Philippe’s first 10 years in China, the Calatrava Winged Acrobats watch is quite possibly the closest we’ll ever get to wearing a magical summer garden on our wrists. The dial in cloisonné enamel was made with more than 120cm of 0.07 mm 24k gold wire, and portrays an endearing interchange between three lively blue tit birds perched on a tree in full blossom. Part of Patek Philippe’s Rare Handcrafts collection, the stunning time piece features transparent, opaque, and opalescent enamels in up to 19 colours, and brims with a sense of flamboyant plumage and flourishing fairytale.
Combining flower with function in one exquisite time piece, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Brocéliande Skeleton watch is made for the lady who loves a strong yet feminine wristwatch. Entwining decorative semi-precious gemstones with its skeleton flying tourbillon movement and dial, the limited edition piece is a captivating display of mechanics set within a 42mm pink gold gem-set case. Proving that floral need not always mean fragile, we love this powerful interpretation of a summer watch, from the colourful gem foliage to the amaranth red alligator strap. Daring and dynamic, this piece is sure to make everyone all aflutter wherever you go this summer.