The Shéhérazade Tourbillon watch, sculpted from white gold, has the power to evoke Oriental tales, as if a genie had risen from a lamp.
Striking as traditional jewellery can be, glittering with dozens of little coins, with their seamed or beaded circles, catching the eye of the beholder, carried away by the stones’ dazzle and craftsmanship deployed. The artisans, masters of material, have put in motion the sensuality of an oriental princess in an ethereal ballet that music lovers will eagerly liken to the dance of the seven veils in Richard Strauss’ Salome.
And if musicality can be heard in the fleeting hours by who knows how to listen to a watch’s heart, the flying tourbillon shall become the centre of a perfectly-timed ronde – its hypnotic rhythm creating the ability for who owns it to travel in thought. And the pace of seconds rings like an echo in one of the Persian king’s marble halls. Like drops of water on the surface of a mother-of-pearl basin, these infinitely-repeated notes deconstruct the concentric circles they form, the orderly nature of a dial designed like a mosaic formed of subtly-changing colours.
The motive, inspired by the opulence of ancient Persian jewels and ingrained like a precious inlay of fine pearl in pink gold – set with diamonds, rubies, spinels, orange and yellow sapphires – and in white gold – set with diamonds, blue and pink sapphires and amethysts.
The Tourbillon Shéhérazade watch is sensual, poetic, and very opulent. It is the work of a passionate jeweller, which emanates intense charm that aesthetes are sure to appreciate as an expression of oriental extravagance. Every little detail – from the tourbillon carriage formed of foliage partly set with diamonds, to the intricate paving of the dial – invites the beholder to yield to the Arabian Nights’ delights.
Model: Tourbillon Shéhérazade Watch
Mechanical hand-winding movement with flying tourbillon regulator, visible through the dial
100 hours power reserve, additional module to view the time at 1 o’clock
18 ct grey gold, 42 mm diameter, 16.6 mm thick. Bezel set with diamonds, yellow sapphires and red sapphires
Water resistance: up to 50 meters
Hours and minutes
Seconds shown by a sheet set on the tourbillon carriage
White mother-of-pearl over white gold
Set with diamonds, yellow sapphires, orange sapphires, spinels, rubies
Red satin with pointe de diamant buckle
Also available in all gold