By Roberta Naas | January 11, 2016 | Watches & Jewelry
Your watch has what in it? Exceptional watches with unconventional elements appeal to Las Vegans who aren’t afraid to attract attention.
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From Corum, this Heritage Peacock Feather Watch ($30,200) is crafted in 18k gold and features real peacock feathers—harvested from living members of nonendangered species—in a marquetry motif on the dial. The watch has a bezel set with diamonds as well as diamond accents and comes with an easy-to-change strap system and a second strap. Ca d’Oro Jewelers, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-696-0080
This Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing Tourbillon Samba Madeira watch ($248,000) is crafted in titanium and rose gold and features a dial with a “Gibson and Brazil” pattern (named for the guitar maker and the country whose flag’s colors adorn the face), a meticulously hand-worked mosaic of exotic painted woods. The watch has a 30-second tourbillon escapement within the 237-part manual-wind movement PF510. Bellusso, Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 888-209-3886
From Hublot, whose Big Bang timepieces are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, the Big Bang Jeans Steel 44mm watch ($16,000) uses material from genuine washed blue jeans for the strap and dial. The case is made of steel, while the movement is an HUB4100 self-winding chronograph with 42 hours of power reserve. Wynn & Company Watches, 702-770-3520
Top watchmakers routinely employ precious gems or complex technology to raise the art of haute horology to new heights. But some daring brands go even further, incorporating truly unusual details into their dials, producing not only a state-of-the-art timepiece but a genuine conversation starter. These works of art are sure to be coveted by Las Vegas’s most discerning watch aficionados, particularly those with a taste for the unorthodox.
photography by jeff crawford. styling by terry lewis