Butterflies enjoyed the muse status for centuries, inspiring everyone from Vincent Van Gogh to Salvador Dali to Damien Hirst. Graff Diamonds likewise has been enticed by the allure of the butterfly, often featuring butterfly motifs throughout its 56-year history.
This year Graff has taken the butterfly to new heights with the Princess Butterfly collection and uses the outline of a butterfly’s wings to create a romantic secret watch.
Secret watches have been very popular from the 1930s-50s, secret watches are being currently reimagined as a luxury statement of individual style. The €122,000 Graff Princess Butterfly is adorned with 23.14 carats’ worth of tapered baguette- and brilliant-cut diamonds. The wings of this timepiece are covered in diamonds pavé set on the surface of the wings, with tapered baguette diamonds on the edges. This transformable piece of high jewelry required advanced 3D technology to map the curves and contours of the wings.
By pushing on one of the diamonds, the wings part seamlessly to reveal the secret 17mm mother-of-pearl dial. As with all Graff’s creations, the attention to detail is consummate and the dial is illuminated by a diamond-set bezel.