The unrestrained use of floral motifs on ladies’ watches continues, and despite my objection to this feminine cliche, I acknowledge that it is really well-executed in some cases, resulting in watches that actually appear to be made for adult women. The best floral applications on timepieces are applied in either abstract or unexpected ways, and the ChopardL.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony does both.
The peony is represented on the dial using mother-of-pearl that is carved out and set with diamonds in a pattern that resembles the outlines of the peony’s irregular petals. Chopard’s stylized representation is perfect because it reflects the unruly, lush petal arrangement of the real-life peony, which seems abstract to begin with – daisies (e.g., as seen on the Christophe Claret Marguerite watch – hands-on here), by comparison, are too literal and uniform to be displayed abstractly or elegantly on a dial, in my opinion.
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