Watches woven in heaven

Fabrics are looming on the horizon as the new contenders for the most original watch dials for men and women alike.

  • Renowned for his dapper style, Lapo Elkann has collaborated with Hublot on the Classic Fusion Italia Independent collection, including this King Gold chronograph with a dial and strap made from an original sample of 1970s tartan kept in the archives of Italy’s famous tailor Rubinacci (£29,000).
  • Harry Winston has achieved a world first with its original marriage of raw silk and gold embossed dials on the new Premier Delicate Silk collection. Even more astonishing is the novel technique used to encourage the silkworms to weave their own fabric without the interaction of human hands (£40,000).
  • Patek Philippe’s elegant ladies’ annual calendar complication – Ref. 4947 – features a dial that replicates the crisp sheen and texture of shantung silk produced from wild silk (£36,220). 
  • Lapo Elkann was involved in the creation of Hublot’s Big Bang One Click Italia Independent women’s collection combining ceramic, diamonds and plush blue velvet on the dial and strap (£16,500).
  • Gucci is buzzing with energy thanks to the input of creative designer Alessandro Michele. This La Marché des Merveilles watch features the classic green and red Gucci textile stripes with a large golden embroidered bee (£610).
  • Zenith Defy El Perimero 21 watch
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  • de GRISOGONO Eccentrica ladies' watch

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