Faces of Nature: five watches with dials inspired by the natural world | Viewing time

Watch faces have undeniably become more colorful in recent years, but even beyond the broadening of the palette of tones and textures, some watchmakers have turned to the flora and fauna of the natural world for inspiration. Here are five watches that bring organic and environmental motifs to the wrist.


Chopard’s Alpine Eagle collection combines the design DNA of its first sports watch, the St. Moritz from the 1970s, with a modern, organically textured dial pattern that evokes the iris of an eagle’s eye. The newest addition to the avian-themed family, the Cadence 8HF, represents two firsts: the first Alpine Eagle in titanium rather than Chopard’s proprietary Lucent steel or ethically sourced gold, and the first use of the movement to ultra-high frequency, Caliber 01.12 -C, within the new collection. The movement achieves its astonishing frequency of 57,600 vph (8 Hz) through the use of silicon for many of its high friction parts. In addition to the eagle iris motif and the eagle feather counterweight on the seconds hand, the dial is distinguished by its new color Vals Gray, inspired by the roofs of an Alpine village. The 41mm case connects to an integrated bracelet with a sophisticated range of finishes. Price: $ 19,000, limited edition of 250 pieces.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF


With a dial designed to evoke the natural beauty of tree rings, this watch is one of several models that embody Grand Seiko’s “Nature of Time” motto. Its multi-textured tactile wood grain appearance, with subtle but visible variations in the depth of the rings, is believed to symbolize the growth of Grand Seiko and its parent brand Seiko, whose watch celebrates the 140th anniversary. The 40mm case is in platinum and features a combination of mirror polished and brushed finishes on its facets. The indexes, the applied “GS” logo at 12 o’clock, the date frame at 3 o’clock and the push-button clasp on the crocodile leather strap are all in solid white gold. Grand Seiko equipped the watch with the Hi-Beat caliber 9SA5, which combines a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour with a long power reserve of 80 hours, and offers a precision rate of +5 to -3 seconds per day. Price: $ 59,000; limited edition of 140 pieces. You can learn more about it here.

Grand Seiko Heritage Collection 140th Anniversary Limited Edition


Tyrolean climber Reinhold Messner’s solo trek through the Gobi Desert in 2004 inspired the aesthetic of this special edition of the Montblanc Geosphere on the theme of mountain exploration, which combines a smoky dial with desert tones. to a brushed bronze case. The case measures 42mm in diameter, with the characteristic bidirectional bezel of the Geosphere family on the compass theme, also in bronze, with a brown ceramic insert. The dial features a distinctive display of world time, with two rotating half-globes representing the northern and southern hemispheres at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock respectively, as well as vintage-looking golden cathedral hands, a dual time zone under -zone dial at 9 o’clock and date at 3 o’clock. The movement, the automatic caliber MB 29.25 from Montblanc, based on a Sellita SW 300-1 and equipped with an internal module, is hidden behind a case back decorated with an image of the blazing cliffs of Gobi. Price: $ 6,600. Click here for more details.

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere LE 1858


Norqain added the Neverest subfamily to its Adventure collection in 2021, with a portion of watch sales supporting the Butterfly Help Project, a charitable organization providing aid to families of Sherpas who lost their lives on Mount Everest. The Glacier model is most directly influenced by the Himalayan mountain, which takes its name from the crackle texture of its icy white dial. The pattern emulates the jagged crevices of the Khumbu Icefall, the most difficult stage of the Everest summit climb, and features red accents, including the bezel scale zero marker, l central seconds hand and the inscription “chronometer” above 6 o’clock. The 40mm steel case features an exhibition caseback with a view of Norqain’s caliber NN20 / 1, whose attributes include a 70-hour ‘weekend-proof’ power reserve and double logo N symbolizing the Swiss Alps on the rotor. Price (on bracelet): $ 3,250. You can find more information about the collection here.

Norqain Glacier Neverest Adventure


The textured green dial of this watch is inspired by the marsh grasses of Botswana’s Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of grasslands, marshes, lagoons and thousands of islands. Specifically, the watch pays homage to Okavango Air Rescue (OAR), an aeromedical organization that provides quality medical care to residents and tourists of the African nation. Suitable for a watch celebrating the achievements of rescue pilots, this 2,011-piece limited edition comes from Oris’s Big Crown ProPilot family and includes all of its familiar features, including a wedge pattern on the side of the case echoing it. to the appearance of jet turbines and the large screw-down fluted crown that gives the model its name. Inside the 41mm stainless steel case, behind a special engraved caseback, beats the automatic Caliber Oris 751, based on Sellita, which stores a 38-hour power reserve. Price: $ 2,500. You can read more about it here.

Oris Big Crown ProPilot Okavango Air Rescue Edition

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