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When it comes to luxury timepieces, most people think of diamonds, but there are watches that prove less can actually mean more, and that the level of artistry can make a big difference.

The Limited Edition Arceau Tigre watch by Hermes

The attention to detail and level of artistic technique to create the new limited edition watch from Hermes, might not be obvious at first. But this technique in particular, émail ombrant or shaded enamel, is a technique that has never been used before in creating a watch.

The Great Wave from Blancpain

This stunning timepiece made by Blancpain is called The Great Wave. It uses silver obsidian on a base of Shakudo, an ancient Japanese alloy given a unique patina by immersion in a bath of rokusho salts.

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The Bonsai, by Blancpain

Another watch from the Les Métiers d’Art Shakudō collection, together with The Great Wave, is The Bonsai. Blancpain is famous for its enamel painting and engraving techniques and proves its level of mastery by using this alloy from Japan for the first in horology.

Knights of the Round Table by Roger Dubuis

This timepiece enchants us with a legendary warrior placed at every hour, each with a height of 6.5mm and being carved from bronze under a microscope.

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19th century pocket watch by H. Moser

H. Moser has just launched its Heritage piece, with a pocket watch-style case. 

“It’s the one aspect of watchmaking that can’t be industrialized, that emphasizes the human touch,” said Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser.

Baron by Lebeau-Courally

The technique used to create the design of this watch is called Tapestry Liege. The engravings are made in silver and the teachnique is commonly used to decorate shotguns.

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