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September 23, 2012updated Feb 20, 2013

Watch Trends Part 2: Birds of Paradise

By Chris Boyle

Paris, France – Reported by Jessica Michault for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Spread your diamond encrusted wings for these exotic timepieces.

6 The hypnotic bird design of this Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Dove watch was inspired by the work of Dutch artist M.C. Escher. Delicate craftsmanship seamlessly blends the arts of gem setting, engraving, guilloché and grand feu champlevé enameling in this 40mm white gold timepiece with a display case back ($120,000).

8 DeLaneau’s automatic XRD Peacock watch bristles with beauty. The luminescent peacock dial is a deft blend of enamel techniques with gem setting and engraving. A hundred hours in the making, the dial touts 202 diamonds, made all the more brilliant by 472 diamonds on the white gold case ($121,000).

10 Van Cleef & Arpels’s Extraordinary Dial Timeless Birds of Paradise watch has an enchanting oval case and a pair of birds elegantly crafted with just a few curving lines of precious gems. The central red spinel, offered from one bird to the other, gives the stunning timepiece poetic appeal (price available upon request).

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