French luxury watch designer Christophe Claret has just released two new timepieces, exclusively for the Middle East.
The women's timepiece is called Layla, and features a unique, patented touch function at 2'o'clock. By pressing the button, the wearer reveals a flower petal each time, giving the illusion of the "delicate undressing of a flower." The timepiece also features a softly engraved poem verse by Arab poet Qays Al Mulawwah, as well as three emeralds, baguette-cut diamonds and a prong-set ruby on a mother-of-pearl face.
The Layla timepiece
The Mecca timepiece is made for a male. This watch features a micro-engraving of the Kaaba, which through the specialised technique of mirascope, appears as though its leaping forth out of the watch face, and provides the wearer with a 360-degree view of the famous building which sits in the Holy City of Mecca. In addition to the Kaaba, the watch also features several other nods to the Muslim faith, including its grey and green colourway, Arabic hour numerals and a black spinel, "which represents the black stone located within Kaaba through which Muslims start the seven rounds of the Tawaf in a counterclockwise direction" and a natural diamond that "represents this same stone, as described in the Koran before it became black due to repeated touching by pilgrims."
Both pieces are limited edition, with only 63 Mecca watches available (to represent the age of the prophet Muhammad when he died) and 20 Layla watches. Make one yours, before time runs out.
Available now at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.