This watch calls for close observation. The tourbillon towards the bottom is decorated with tiny leaves, and one of them is set with diamonds to mark the seconds. The diamond-set case, decorated with pave de Paris on the side and with a mother-of-pearl dial, is resplendent with a humming bird in blue sapphire. This is pure decorative decadence, but the rapid wing beats of the bird in nature are a good metaphor for the oscillations of the mechanical watch movement. The hibiscus flower in pink corundum on the other side of the case is another very apt metaphor, because the beauty of this blossom appears once a year, for just 24 hours. The watch has a manually-wound movement that powers the hours and minutes on a small dial at upper right. The strap is in blue karung.
Another piece by Boucheron depicting the natural world is the lovely frog ring, whichh has a touch of tongue-in-cheek irony. The frog seems to be embracing a moonstone, but he is unaware of his own value, his skin replete in deep green tsavorites, and webbed feet that look like small crowns. It is made in white and blackened gold, with diamonds embellishing the setting. €16,000.
Boucheron's boutiques in Paris are:
Galeries Lafayette, 40, boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
Printemps Haussmann, 64, boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
St Honoré, 32 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
Vendôme, 26 Place Vendome, 75001 Paris