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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Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig
79,600 USD
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity 43 mm
Maurice Lacroix
Masterpiece Gravity 43 mm
13,900 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Pig
68,300 USD
Tutima Glashütte Tempostopp
Tutima Glashütte
Tempostopp
41,580 USD
Jaquet Droz Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch
Jaquet Droz
Parrot Repeater Pocket Watch
1,050,000 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Minute Repeater
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Minute Repeater
342,900 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Astorite
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Astorite
32,600 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Rat
79,600 USD
Ulysse Nardin Executive
  Free Wheel
Ulysse Nardin
Executive Free Wheel
107,600 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Lion
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Lion
32,200 USD
Patek Philippe Calatrava Haute Joaillerie
Patek Philippe
Calatrava Haute Joaillerie
99,411 USD
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Skeleton 43 mm
Maurice Lacroix
Masterpiece Skeleton 43 mm
6,800 USD
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Féerie watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Féerie watch
105,894 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Dragon
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Dragon
32,200 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Humming Bird
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Smalta Clara Humming Bird
54,600 USD
Hermès Arceau L'heure de la lune
Hermès
Arceau L'heure de la lune
25,500 USD
Claude Meylan Peter
Claude Meylan
Peter
5,943 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute "Tiger"
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute "Tiger"
35,874 USD
Lundis Bleus Contemporaines Ref.1120-NF "Dark Mother-of-Pearl"
Lundis Bleus
Contemporaines Ref.1120-NF "Dark Mother-of-Pearl"
4,074 USD
Lundis Bleus Contemporaines Ref.1120-AV "Dark Blue Aventurine Glass"
Lundis Bleus
Contemporaines Ref.1120-AV "Dark Blue Aventurine Glass"
4,074 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Dog
77,700 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
31,185 USD
Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton
Jaquet Droz
Loving Butterfly Automaton
199,500 USD
Patek Philippe Complications World Time, Rare Handcrafts
Patek Philippe
Complications World Time, Rare Handcrafts
72,397 USD
Hermès Arceau Cheval Cosmique
Hermès
Arceau Cheval Cosmique
54,500 USD
Schwarz Etienne Roma Phoenix Collaboration
Schwarz Etienne
Roma Phoenix Collaboration
93,090 USD
Claude Meylan Poya
Claude Meylan
Poya
4,592 USD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Purple Arums
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Reverso One Precious Flowers Purple Arums
Price upon request
Ulysse Nardin Executive
  Free Wheel
Ulysse Nardin
Executive Free Wheel
104,400 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manufacture
28,400 USD
Hermès Arceau Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes
Hermès
Arceau Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes
Price upon request
Jaquet Droz Tropical Bird Repeater
Jaquet Droz
Tropical Bird Repeater
661,500 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
79,600 USD
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Skeleton 43 mm
Maurice Lacroix
Masterpiece Skeleton 43 mm
6,800 USD
Jaquet Droz Pocket Watch Paillonnee
Jaquet Droz
Pocket Watch Paillonnee
47,300 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
31,185 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Thousand Year Lights
42,000 USD
Claude Meylan Poya
Claude Meylan
Poya
3,782 USD
Franck Muller Vanguard Rose Skeleton
Franck Muller
Vanguard Rose Skeleton
32,352 USD
Lundis Bleus Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-GM "Fujisan"
Lundis Bleus
Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-GM "Fujisan"
13,966 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
36,300 USD
Lundis Bleus Contemporaines Ref.1120-MN "Malachite"
Lundis Bleus
Contemporaines Ref.1120-MN "Malachite"
5,360 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Cuprite
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Cuprite
32,600 USD
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Precious Flowers Blue Arums
Jaeger-LeCoultre
Reverso One Precious Flowers Blue Arums
Price upon request
Lundis Bleus Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Sea of Japan - Silver"
Lundis Bleus
Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Sea of Japan - Silver"
11,405 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Buffalo
41,100 USD
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe
Calatrava
89,686 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Rat
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Rat
30,200 USD
Lundis Bleus Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Burgundy - Silver"
Lundis Bleus
Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Burgundy - Silver"
4,419 USD
Ateliers de Monaco Poinçon de Genève Jet d'eau de Genève
Ateliers de Monaco
Poinçon de Genève Jet d'eau de Genève
63,200 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Dog
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Dog
37,100 USD
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux Jour watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Pont des Amoureux Jour watch
394,401 USD
Alexander Shorokhoff Kandy Avantgarde 3
Alexander Shorokhoff
Kandy Avantgarde 3
3,458 USD
Jaquet Droz Lady 8 Flower
Jaquet Droz
Lady 8 Flower
173,300 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Seasons
62,000 USD
Claude Meylan Heidi
Claude Meylan
Heidi
5,943 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée
42,000 USD
Speake-Marin Art Series Dragon
Speake-Marin
Art Series Dragon
22,000 USD
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity 43 mm
Maurice Lacroix
Masterpiece Gravity 43 mm
13,900 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Pink Flamingo
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Pink Flamingo
39,400 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manufacture
28,400 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Pig
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Pig
30,200 USD
Lundis Bleus Contemporaines Ref.1120-EU "Sun Vibes"
Lundis Bleus
Contemporaines Ref.1120-EU "Sun Vibes"
4,193 USD
Jaquet Droz Charming Bird
Jaquet Droz
Charming Bird
399,000 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon
72,500 USD
Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Papillon Automate Watch
Van Cleef & Arpels
Lady Arpels Papillon Automate Watch
330,649 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
36,300 USD
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Mercury 44 mm
Maurice Lacroix
Aikon Automatic Mercury 44 mm
7,690 USD
Lundis Bleus Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Dark Blue Aventurine Glass - Black "
Lundis Bleus
Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Dark Blue Aventurine Glass - Black "
4,301 USD
Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton
Jaquet Droz
Loving Butterfly Automaton
199,500 USD
Jaquet Droz Magic Lotus Automaton
Jaquet Droz
Magic Lotus Automaton
210,000 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée
20,000 USD
Hermès Arceau Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes
Hermès
Arceau Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes
Price upon request
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute Relief Dragon
74,300 USD
Ulysse Nardin Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
Ulysse Nardin
Classico Manara Manufacture 40mm
36,300 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
143,713 USD
Lundis Bleus Contemporaines Ref.1120-LD "Labradorite"
Lundis Bleus
Contemporaines Ref.1120-LD "Labradorite"
5,360 USD
Lundis Bleus Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Yowah Nut Opal - Black "
Lundis Bleus
Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Yowah Nut Opal - Black "
6,051 USD
Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute "Tiger"
Jaquet Droz
Petite Heure Minute "Tiger"
35,874 USD
Lundis Bleus Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Royal Blue - Black"
Lundis Bleus
Métiers d'Art Ref.1120-MA "Royal Blue - Black"
4,419 USD
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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.