Focus : Chaumet

Chaumet Pierres de Rêve

CASE : white gold, transparent sapphire crystal, diamondset bezel, crown and lugs (1.58ct)

SIZE : 35mm in diameter

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding with engraved gold oscillating weight

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes

DIAL : dendritic agate

STRAP : black alligator with white gold pin buckle

A dream miniature world

The mineral kingdom never ceases to amaze us. With its Pierre de Rêve (Dream Stones) collection, Chaumet makes the most of the infinitely varied appearance of the rare rocks and crystals that take shape within the earth. Drawing on the eponymous Asian tradition of Dream Stones, the Parisian brand is launching twelve watches, graced with dials that are unique by nature. While they bear carry little-known, scientific and sometimes daunting names, chrysocolla, pietersite, shattuckite, azurite and the huge jasper family feature unusual graphic appearances. They can be found in mineralogy collections, in the gem trade shows of Colorado or Kash- mir. Chaumet has chosen to cut thin round slices of these colorful stones that make exceptional dials. Dendritic agate as pictured here is a perfect example. A random and free creation, this pure product of organic chemistry looks like a snow-covered landscape, or a Japanese ink painting. The poetry of its layout was revealed only by the lapidary who cut into the raw block – before Chaumet surrounded it with gold and diamonds to celebrate the innocent beauty of nature.

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