Chaumet: Lord of the Dragonflies

Insects suffer from a general lack of respect. But in haute jewelry design, buzzing bees, spindly spiders, and their brethren often transcend their lowly reputations to become fodder for fantastical creations. Such is certainly the case in Parisian brand Chaumet’s new line of watches, Attrape-moi…si tu m’aimes (Catch me…if you love me), which mines Mother Nature’s creepy-crawlies to stunning effect. The above timepiece, one of 88 created, depicts a pair of dragonflies made from paper-thin slices of white mother-of-pearl, agate, and carnelian against a nighttime sky of lapis lazuli. The design was inspired by “the naturalism codes of the Maison Chaumet,” says creative director Claire Dévé-Rakoff, adding that all of the watches in the collection “tell miniature stories of love and seduction in a decor of luxuriant nature.”HOURS OF POWERDévé-Rakoff, who conceptualized

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