Often referred to as the ’sport of kings’, Horse racing reaches the pinnacle of the annual competition this Saturday with the prestigious Dubai World Cup held at the Meydan Racecourse. In honor of the celebration, we are going to list a few watches that have an equestrian element to it.
Hermes honors horses with their Arceau Lift Chevaux en Camouflage. Available in two colors, brown and blue, the timepiece is equipped with a flying tourbillon and saddled with art of cloisonné enamel. Cleverly designed, the artist starts off the process by sketching the silhouettes of horses on a sheet of paper, resembling a mosaic pattern, serving as the foundation for miniature gold wires and golden filaments. Then, the artist delicately paints the canvas and fires the dial at an unbridled temperature of 800 degrees Celsius.
Bovet plays the field with their Amadeo Fleurier 43 ‘Barb Horse’, a timepiece that required a whopping 100 hours to perfect the horse. Studded with a hand-painted and lacquered dial, the watch is created using traditional Chinese techniques and engraving methods to create depth and a degradation of color, accurately depicting an equine’s stirrups and saddle.
Ollivier Saveo wonderfully combines craftsmanship and horology with the Pure- breed Horse Automatic Skeleton. The automatic movement is skeletonized and hand-engraved to create a three-dimensional structure of a horse’s head. Exceptionally produced and detailed, the double sided creation is made of a block of wax and designed to be as accurate as possible when seen from any viewpoint. The lushes coat on the head hosts sinuous strands of hair conveying the beauty of the four-legged animal.