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8 of the best Metiers d’Art watches

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Lady Arpels Poetic Wish by Van Cleef & Arpels

With so much focus on super accurate chronometers, waterproof capabilities and creating the best diving watches in the yachting world, it can be easy to forget that sometimes a timepiece is just a beautiful object in its own right. Traditional Métiers d’Art techniques, including engraving, enamelling and Damascening, have been used for centuries to create intricate and precious timepieces that put pure aesthetics before gadgetry and high-tech functionality. Click through to see some of our modern favourites.

Lady Arpels Poetic Wish

The feminine counterpart to Van Cleef & Arpel's Midnight Palais de la Chance Paon Décor watch (see below), the stunning Lady Arpels Poetic Wish is part of the house's iconic Poetic Complications collection which celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2016. Surrounded by a white diamond bezel, the mother-of-pearl dial features sculpted and engraved clouds, an engraved white gold river and Eiffel Tower and hand-painted miniature sky and cityscape complete with translucent champlevé enamel and varnished red kite for good luck.

Lady Arpels Poetic Wish, $410,000, Van Cleef & Arpels

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