Métiers d’arts Watches

Métiers d’art watches embody the peak of horological skill – they are, literally, works of art in their own right. Crafts such as engraving, enameling, miniature painting, or guilloché are some of the techniques used to decorate and embellish the dial, case, or movement of fine mechanical watches. Manufacturers promote these rare traditional professions and encourage them. Sometimes the crafts are not learned in school but are taught by master craftsmen who train chosen students in their workshop.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Duo de Lions Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Duo de Lions Watch
Price upon request
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée Rose Gold Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée Rose Gold Watch
132,849 USD
Additional alligator strap Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée Rose Gold Watch
Additional alligator strap
Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée Rose Gold Watch
220,385 USD
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée Watch
220,385 USD
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Heures Florales Cerisier Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Heures Florales Cerisier Watch
250,250 USD
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Duo de Lapins Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Duo de Lapins Watch
Price upon request
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée Watch
132,849 USD
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Heures Florales Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Heures Florales Watch
250,250 USD
Chopard Happy Sport Métiers d'Art Polar Bear Edition
Chopard
Happy Sport Métiers d'Art Polar Bear Edition
Price upon request
Chopard Imperiale Flying Tourbillon
Chopard
Imperiale Flying Tourbillon
Price upon request
Chopard Happy Sport Métiers d'Art Hummingbird Edition
Chopard
Happy Sport Métiers d'Art Hummingbird Edition
Price upon request
Chopard Happy Sport Métiers d'Art Sea Turtle Edition
Chopard
Happy Sport Métiers d'Art Sea Turtle Edition
Price upon request
Hermès Arceau Les Folies du Ciel
Hermès
Arceau Les Folies du Ciel
73,500 USD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945
515,000 USD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945
535,000 USD
Richard Mille RM 47 Tourbillon The Time of the Samurai
Richard Mille
RM 47 Tourbillon The Time of the Samurai
997,910 USD
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Ronde des Papillons Watch
131,819 USD
Moritz Grossmann Tefnut Lady
  Butterfly 
Moritz Grossmann
Tefnut Lady Butterfly 
48,635 USD
Moritz Grossmann Tefnut Lady
  Butterfly 
Moritz Grossmann
Tefnut Lady Butterfly 
48,635 USD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel "Tiger"
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Reverso Tribute Enamel "Tiger"
97,834 USD
Oris Sun Wukong Artist Edition
Oris
Sun Wukong Artist Edition
24,716 USD
Arnold & Son “Year of the Tiger” Perpetual Moon
Arnold & Son
“Year of the Tiger” Perpetual Moon
58,670 USD
Piaget Altiplano Chinese New Year 2022
Piaget
Altiplano Chinese New Year 2022
Price upon request
Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Dragon & Phoenix Bronzite
Arnold & Son
Ultrathin Tourbillon Dragon & Phoenix Bronzite
109,801 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Humming Bird
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Humming Bird
54,600 USD
Arnold & Son Globetrotter Gold
Arnold & Son
Globetrotter Gold
46,476 USD
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie
Audemars Piguet
Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie
Price upon request
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Enamel - Hokusai ‘Kirifuri Waterfall’
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Reverso Tribute Enamel - Hokusai ‘Kirifuri Waterfall’
96,805 USD
Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater 300th Anniversary Edition
Jaquet Droz
Bird Repeater 300th Anniversary Edition
615,533 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
41,100 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
36,200 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
79,600 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon
74,300 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
68,300 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
51,500 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
42,000 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
49,400 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
49,400 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
39,900 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Dragon John Howe
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Dragon John Howe
36,900 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Dragon John Howe
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Dragon John Howe
36,900 USD
Ulysse Nardin Freak X Marquetry
Ulysse Nardin
Freak X Marquetry
32,200 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
37,000 USD
Arnold & Son Globetrotter
Arnold & Son
Globetrotter
15,345 USD
Louis Vuitton Tambour Carpe Diem
Louis Vuitton
Tambour Carpe Diem
Price upon request
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
30,833 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
30,833 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
29,721 USD
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers - Vasco da Gama
Vacheron Constantin
Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers - Vasco da Gama
136,968 USD
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers - Pedro Álvares Cabral
Vacheron Constantin
Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers - Pedro Álvares Cabral
136,968 USD
Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers - Bartolomeu Dias
Vacheron Constantin
Métiers d’Art Tribute to Great Explorers - Bartolomeu Dias
136,968 USD
Speake-Marin Art Series Dragon
Speake-Marin
Art Series Dragon
22,000 USD
Speake-Marin Art Series Dragon
Speake-Marin
Art Series Dragon
22,000 USD
Arnold & Son Globetrotter
Arnold & Son
Globetrotter
16,529 USD
Arnold & Son Globetrotter Night
Arnold & Son
Globetrotter Night
18,630 USD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Blue Arums
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Reverso One Precious Flowers Blue Arums
141,087 USD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Purple Arums
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Reverso One Precious Flowers Purple Arums
135,938 USD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers White Lilies
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Reverso One Precious Flowers White Lilies
108,648 USD

When to wear a métiers d’art watch?

Métiers d’Art watches have become increasingly important in the luxury world where personalization is key. Many major watch brands are searching for the most highly skilled artisans in the world to hand make intricate marquetry, enamel, or mosaic dials. Whether made from mother-of-pearl, wood, ceramics, or even marble, these unique watches are a timeless statement to the brand’s artistic appreciation in question and, of course, the owner’s taste.

You might assume that these precious watches are kept safely stowed away in a safe due to their delicacy, but this could not be further from the truth.

Métiers d’Art watches are intended to be worn and used as timepieces, and the artisans who made them would certainly appreciate them being admired as much as possible. It is even possible to wear Métiers d’Art watches every day, just that with some, you need to be more careful with than others. What better way of paying homage to the skill of the artisans and the vision of the designer?

Well-known métiers d’art watch brands

Cartier is one brand that creates miracles with marquetry and mosaics to accentuate the natural beauty of their famous panther. The Rotonde de Cartier Panthere Wood Marquetry watch was painstakingly made with thousands of tiny wood slivers, individually placed on the dial with tweezers to bring the sensuous animal to life. This watch makes a powerful statement that speaks to all lovers of skilled craftsmanship and animals. Watches such as this have the power to make colleagues and friends pay closer attention to your timepiece than your words.

Some of the best métiers d’art watches for women

In 2019, Hermès launched the Slim D’Hermès Pegase Paysage in wood marquetry. Selecting a carefully chosen variety of woods, including yellow pear and Macassar, the master artisans successfully created a dial with a highly effective contrast. The famous winged horse is easily visible from a distance, and horse lovers of both genders will adore this watch and will undoubtedly be reluctant to let it leave the wrist.

Some of the best métiers d’art watches for men

Not every Swiss watchmaking brand focuses on flora and fauna; some brands also create marvelous pieces with abstracts. Ulysse Nardin continues to turn heads, for example, with the Classico range, which features mermaids in erotic underwater scenes. Jaquet Droz is very well known for some of the best Métiers d’Art watches for men – their Petite Heure Minute Relief Rooster is a unique and beautiful piece featuring gold, mother-of-pearl, and onyx surrounding a miniature painting.

You might prefer an ultra-masculine Lundis Bleus Métiers d’Art. The ‘Contemporaine’ in Burgundy features an exquisite enamel ‘Ocean Surface’ dial – contemporary and wonderfully stylish. Patek Philippe also makes several Métiers d’Art watches, including the Complications World Time, Rare Handcrafts, and the Golden Ellipse Rare Handicrafts.