Exceptional watches with unconventional elements appeal to Miami men who aren’t afraid to stand out.
Clockwise from top: 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 handworked mosaic of exotic painted woods. The watch has a 30-second tourbillon escapement within the 237-part manual-wind movement PF510. Les Bijoux at Mizner Park, 306 N. Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-361-2311
Harry Winston offers its new Midnight Feathers 42mm automatic watch ($30,300) in 18k gold, with an elaborate dial created using the ancient feather art known as plumasserie. Each brown and black domestic goose feather is carefully selected, then shaped and placed using a magnifying glass to ensure a precise marquetry of plumes in bold, masculine tones. Morays Jewelers, 50 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-374- 0739
This Academia Grande Date Napoleon timepiece ($12,200) from DeWitt is crafted in steel, features a rubber strap, and incorporates a tiny piece of hair from Napoleon into a carved image of the French emperor on the dial. Approximately 400 of these watches will be produced, each with its own serial number. King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305-935-4900
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 worn and 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. Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th St., 786- 762-2929
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 Miami’s most discerning watch aficionados, particularly those with a taste for the unorthodox.