As buds burst and nature blossoms, horologists offer a riot of color in timepieces that bloom on the wrist.
FROM LEFT Since its 1842 founding, Fabergé has been a hallmark of horological excellence. This splashy Lady Fabergé ($14,000) watch, from the jeweler’s Flirt collection, blends fine craftsmanship and a powerful Vaucher Manufacture automatic movement with a bold color statement. The orange lacquer dial, which is attached to an eye-catching alligator strap, showcases laser-cut Roman numerals and hour markers encased in 18k white gold. Westime Sunset, 8569 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-289-0808
Richard Mille offers a pop of pink this season with this special RM 07-01 timepiece ($110,000). The classic tonneau-shaped case is crafted from pink ceramic and red gold and houses a skeletonized dial. The inner dial glitters with pavé diamonds and red-gold hour and minute hands. The automatic calibre CRMA2 movement is exclusive to this model. 222 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310- 285-9898
This Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph from Audemars Piguet ($27,900) comes in four vibrant, sunny shades. A boutique exclusive limited to 375 pieces, the self-winding chronograph offers a stainless steel case that contains a colorful dial sporting a Mega Tapisserie pattern, blackened-gold hour markers, and luminescent Royal Oak hands. 254 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-247-8181
“April… hath put a spirit of youth in everything,” wrote William Shakespeare in “Sonnet 98.” Indeed, the boundless energy of nature’s rebirth has been an inspiration for artists since the beginning of time. And like the Bard, some of the world’s finest watchmakers use springtime as occasion to express their artistic skill in pieces that celebrate color and high style on the outside and engineering excellence on the inside. Shimmering precious metals, mother-of-pearl accents, and dazzling gemstones enhance the hues of the season. These creations may measure time, but like a beautifully turned sonnet, their appeal is timeless.