Nature has long been an inspiration to artists, musicians and designers. This fall, watchmakers have joined the fold with a bevy of bejeweled designs featuring animals. By incorporating bold color palettes and rich accents like gemstones, enamels, mother-of-pearl and precious metals, the finest artisans and timepiece brands have deftly captured the call of the wild. For some, creating watches inspired by nature is about interpreting scenes on a surface barely two inches in diameter; for others it is embodying an element so that it defines the entire watch. The ideas are limited only by the imaginations of the creators.
Cartier’s Le Cirque Animalier collection features this alluring 40mm Turtle watch made of 18k white gold and created in an extremely limited edition of 80 numbered pieces. The turtle is sculpted of white gold and set entirely with diamonds save for two emerald eyes. The dial features champlevé enamel and miniature enamel painting to achieve the elaborate background. The watch is further set with round diamonds and accented with a light toile strap. King of Prussia Mall; cartier.com
This Hermès Arceau Petits Cheveaux takes its equine design inspiration from a vintage tie pattern by Philippe Mouquet. The watch is a limited edition creation and features a 41mm case and a mechanical self-winding movement. King of Prussia Mall; hermes.com
From the “Into The Wild” Collection by Le Vian, this Swissmade Peacock watch features a raised diamond dial with a peacock made of blue and green sapphire. It is further embellished with a diamond bezel weighing five carats, a genuine stingray strap and an additional 843 diamonds and gems. Each watch, which takes Le Vian six months to create, is crafted in stainless steel as part of a numbered edition of 500 pieces. Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, 10 Park Ave., Willow Grove; levian.com