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Snowflakes: Two ‘Snow Crystal’ Watches To Melt Your Heart At The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

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Artya Son of Alps Snowflake Megève Artya Christmas is over – and I hope you checked out my selection of holiday-glitter watches – but New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching. And if you’re not celebrating the big ball drop in New York City, perhaps you’re heading out to the slopes for a few days of winter r & r before heading back to the office. Even though the word “snowflake” has earned something of an unfortunate connotation in recent years, for me it still signifies a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of frozen condensation spotted falling from the sky in romantic winter settings. And how fun is it to find gorgeous renditions used in two unique mechanical wristwatches this holiday season. Artya Son of Alps Snowflake Megève from the front and back Artya Swiss boutique brand Artya presents its tribute to the most famous of Alpine ski resort cities dotting the French mountains surrounding Geneva with a watch called Son of Alps Megève Edition. It is powered by a movement that has been machine-skeletonized to resemble a snowflake – a magical mechanical snowflake that is fully visible thanks to the absence of a dial. Housed in a 44 mm stainless steel case, this automatic timepiece limited to just 99 pieces retails for $3,900. Artya is a master of creating artistic bespoke pieces; all you have to do is ask. To see more unique examples of this horological snowflake motif or to purchase, visit Artya’s website . And don’t worry, it won’t melt if you put it on your wrist. Chopard Happy Snowflakes Chopard Happy Snowflakes is the name of a watch released by Chopard in 2018, and one that caught my eye with its seriously playful rendition of mobile snowflake-shaped diamonds that not only catch the light, but also scoot across the dial with the motion of the wearer’s wrist. You can see a little video of it playfully doing its thing on my wrist in Baselworld 2018 Round Table: What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like At The World’s Largest Watch Fair , where I wrote “I adore not only how the diamond-encrusted snowflakes swirl freely around the dial, but also how they twirl in place once they come to rest. I could watch that for hours.” This was one of the four special watches the brand designed to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chopard’s Happy Sport line and issued only in 25-piece limited editions. It was in 1993 that Chopard co-president and creative director Caroline Scheufele created this line based on the idea of combining sporty elements such as stainless steel with the precious free-floating diamonds already devised for use in the brand’s imaginative Happy Diamonds line. Sparkling like a sunny winter’s day, this beautiful watch celebrates the magic of winter with its immaculate mother-of-pearl marquetry shaped like snowflakes, a bezel and dial snow-set with scintillating diamonds (see more on this technique in Corum Covers Its Iconic Golden Bridges In Diamond ‘Snow’ For Christmas ), and of course […]

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