Animal Motif Watches

Animal prints are well and truly back – but not in the way you might remember them. Birds and big cats have long been an inspiration for high jewellery maisons, but designs are now taking a tongue-in-cheek twist with pretty and off-the-wall models that celebrate the ultimate in luxurious individualism.

Cartier’s Panthère Joueuse showcases a playful panther with an outreached paw that follows a diamond-set ball around the dial. The ball indicates the hours, and the paw, the minutes. Set with 254 brilliant-cut diamonds and complete with lacquer spots and emerald eyes.

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Cartier’s Panthère Joueuse showcases a playful panther with an outreached paw that follows a diamond-set ball around the dial. The ball indicates the hours, and the paw, the minutes. Set with 254 brilliant-cut diamonds and complete with lacquer spots and emerald eyes.

Bovet unveils an innovative technique that brings a new dimension to the decorative arts with its Château de Môtiers 40 model. The red gold watch features a bow and bezel set with 109 diamonds, while a mother-of-pearl dial boasts a miniature ‘butterfly’ in sky-blue, charcoal-black and neon-green.

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Bovet unveils an innovative technique that brings a new dimension to the decorative arts with its Château de Môtiers 40 model. The red gold watch features a bow and bezel set with 109 diamonds, while a mother-of-pearl dial boasts a miniature ‘butterfly’ in sky-blue, charcoal-black and neon-green.

Mother nature inspired Van Cleef & Arpels’ diamond-studded Lady Arpels Papillon Automate. The latest complication features an elegant lake-blue and lavender hued butterfly in motion, a feat accomplished by an extraordinarily complicated mechanical calibre.

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Mother nature inspired Van Cleef & Arpels’ diamond-studded Lady Arpels Papillon Automate. The latest complication features an elegant lake-blue and lavender hued butterfly in motion, a feat accomplished by an extraordinarily complicated mechanical calibre.

One of the most recognisable timepiece designs included in MOJEH’s animal-themed edit, the House of Bulgari’s Serpenti timepiece is as iconic as it is exotic. Geometrically abstract, this writhing bracelet empowers its wearer with its sheer simplicity and dangerous magnetism.

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One of the most recognisable timepiece designs included in MOJEH’s animal-themed edit, the House of Bulgari’s Serpenti timepiece is as iconic as it is exotic. Geometrically abstract, this writhing bracelet empowers its wearer with its sheer simplicity and dangerous magnetism.

This emerald and diamond watch by Audemars Piguet was sold at Christie’s Auction House. The circular green engine-turned dial is concealed under a butterfly cover that’s smothered in circular-cut diamonds. The piece is further lined by baguette and whistle-cut emeralds and accented by circular-cut emeralds.

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This emerald and diamond watch by Audemars Piguet was sold at Christie’s Auction House. The circular green engine-turned dial is concealed under a butterfly cover that’s smothered in circular-cut diamonds. The piece is further lined by baguette and whistle-cut emeralds and accented by circular-cut emeralds.

Chopard’s limited edition Happy Fish Metiers D’Arts 36mm automatic watch in 18-karat rose gold is a unique blend of artisanal craftsmanship and under-the-sea inspiration. An ultra-feminine but surprisingly powerful piece, the dial features a breathtaking gilded fish.

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Chopard’s limited edition Happy Fish Metiers D’Arts 36mm automatic watch in 18-karat rose gold is a unique blend of artisanal craftsmanship and under-the-sea inspiration. An ultra-feminine but surprisingly powerful piece, the dial features a breathtaking gilded fish.

The Momento Fendi Bug Diamond bracelet timepiece’s attitude-packed monster may not fall under the classic animal motif category, but it sure has head’s turning with its vicious charm. A fun and model piece, the design is particularly popular with younger watch aficionados.

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The Momento Fendi Bug Diamond bracelet timepiece’s attitude-packed monster may not fall under the classic animal motif category, but it sure has head’s turning with its vicious charm. A fun and model piece, the design is particularly popular with younger watch aficionados.

Piaget’s Altiplano Feather Marquetry boasts a calfskin strap and 78 diamonds that are set on a white gold structure. Unveiled at SIHH 2017, this novelty boasts several majestic peacock feathers, which form a spectacular blue and green plumage that come together to form the perfect optical illusion.

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Piaget’s Altiplano Feather Marquetry boasts a calfskin strap and 78 diamonds that are set on a white gold structure. Unveiled at SIHH 2017, this novelty boasts several majestic peacock feathers, which form a spectacular blue and green plumage that come together to form the perfect optical illusion.