5 stunning nature-inspired watches for spring, from luxury brands Chanel, Hermès, Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and Chaumet

Hermès Arceau watch – just one of a current slew of watches inspired by the natural world. Photo: Hermès

Right on cue, we’re seeing the bloom of spring flowers seep into the artistry of our favourite watch designs; and what better way to celebrate the beauty of our planet’s flora and fauna than with intricately hand-painted Hermès hummingbird dials or Chanel’s stunning Camélia Baroque watch?

Check out these plus three more watches taking inspiration from nature this season.

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The Camélia Baroque watch. Photo: Chanel

Bearing the fashion house’s classic flower motif, the Camélia Baroque watch is crafted in white gold, diamonds and black lacquer, and boasts a 1.51 ct brilliant-cut diamond nestled in the centre of the petals. HK$5,152,000 (US$660,000).

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The Arceau watch with “Into the Canadian Wild” theme. Photo: Hermès

Hermès’ classic Arceau watch has been reworked to fit the “Into the Canadian Wild” series theme, with nature motifs – in this case a polar bear and her cub. The white gold case is framed by 82 diamonds and is paired with a sapphire blue alligator strap. HK$528,300 (US$68,000).

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Chaumet’s flying Tourbillon watch. Photo: Chaumet

Reflecting the sun’s shifting colours, this flying tourbillon watch is bordered by brilliant-cut diamonds while the dial bears attention-grabbing orange and yellow sapphires, pink spinels, mandarin garnets and rubies. HK$1,897,000 (US$245,000).

Vacheron Constantin

Vacheron Constantin’s two-tiered dial with hummingbird from the Singing Bird collection. Photo: Vacheron Constantin

Part of the four-piece Singing Bird collection, this timepiece adopts the ultra-thin 1120 AT movement, allowing an off-centre display so there’s more room on the two-tiered dial for the hummingbird, in this case made using the champlevé enamelling technique. Price on request.

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The diamond-tastic Panthère Songeuse watch. Photo: Cartier

The Panthère Songeuse watch features Cartier’s iconic big cat resting atop the dial. The watch face comprises 1,039 brilliant-cut diamonds, and a striking pear-cut emerald for the panther’s eye. HK$1,020,000 (US$130,000).

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  • Chanel and Cartier have gone all out with diamonds to create the ultimate head-turning flora and fauna wrist candy
  • Meanwhile the likes of Hermès and Vacheron Constantin add a splash of colour with painted scenes of hummingbirds and polar bears