Hortensia Creative Complication

Case material
White gold
Bracelet strap
Folding buckle
Water resistance
30 m
ø 41 mm
14.4 mm
Self-winding mechanical
Power reserve: 36 h, 28800 variations / hours
Hours, Minutes
Price excl.VAT
169'400 CHF

In 1811, Chaumet created the Ears of wheat Tiara, totally articulated to simulate the effect of wind in its stem: a representation of nature in movement, which is fundamental in the Maison’s heritage. That year, Chaumet also created its first watch...

Master of naturalism, Chaumet has celebrated nature in movement for over 200 years. Today, the Maison explores the myriad subtleties of the hydrangea flower. Indeed, in 2015, Chaumet offers a living interpretation of time, with a new creative complication. This exceptional technical feat gives life to fascinating bouquets of gold and precious stones. Thanks to a new and exclusive caliber, hydrangea flowers of different shapes and sizes replace the traditional hands. In this creation, nature, movement and time come together to reveal a floral composition animated by two flowers that orchestrate the tempo of hours and minutes. Thus, time evolves in a graceful dance, a ballet of spectacular petals.

The new Hortensia creative complication watch by Chaumet combines jewellery and watchmaking savoir-faire to orchestrate a dance of nature and time: the innovative indication of time goes beyond the use of traditional hands to stage, on a precious white gold watch case, an exceptional and exquisite ballet of hydrangea flowers.

On the dial, the scenography reveals a stylized and touching ode to nature: brought to life in spectacular sculpted relief, the decor celebrates the art of jewellers, engravers, stone setters, hard stone sculptors and enamellers.

Time is the best ally for a garden: it sculpts it; and gives it shapes and colors… movements too.

Two hydrangea blooms distinguished by their elegant movements, take center stage; the central diamond-set flower performs pirouettes as it indicates the hours with a pink sapphire petal. The second blossom, dressed in pink mother-of-pearl, moves gracefully around the first as if it was pushed by a soft breeze and traces the contours of the garden, animated by the rhythm of the minutes.

Thus, time is unveiled in a magical pageant, powered by a new self-winding mechanical movement born of the finest Swiss watchmaking tradition.