Top 6 Modern Watches With Traditional Roots

We honor the extraordinary heritage of that ancient and profound culture with dignified bronze, rustic purple-red clay, exquisite jade, ornate cloisonné, elegant ink paintings and shining porcelain. Regardless of how advanced materials and processing techniques have become, the aesthetics haven’t changed. Modern technologies pay homage to tradition when showcasing these classic elements on a wristwatch.


Rendez-Vous Wild Rose
Mother-of-pearl and diamonds form a meticulous, delicate, blossoming rose, as sublime, natural and ethereal as Chinese ink wash paintings. Soft white, pink and purple hues grace flower petals, sheltering the day/night indicator. Shiny, brilliant diamonds frame the petals, just like dewdrops. 898B self-winding movement; 18K white gold case; satin strap. Power reserve 43 hours. Water resistant to 30 meters.
At Palladio, (604) 685-3885


Les Indomptables de Cartier Watch and Brooch
Outstanding, Zen Cartier timepiece, mimicking Oriental subtle, gentle beauty. 18k white gold enameled lotus leaves, inlaid with brilliant-cut diamonds, and moonstone lotus flowers set with 8 pink sapphires float on a “pond” convertible to an exquisite brooch. 18K pink gold case inlaid with 214 brilliant-cut diamonds. White brushed calfskin strap. Water resistant to 30 meters. Limited edition 40 numbered pieces. (604) 683-6878


Princesse Grace De Monaco
Inspired by Grace, Princess of Monaco, née Grace Kelly, the elegance, nobility and beauty, of this wristwatch resembles Oriental porcelain: slender, delicate, alluring. Uniquely textured striations stretch the case’s subtle shape, creating depth. Graceful diamond hour markers embellish the simple white dial. A teardrop-shaped pink sapphire and elegantly-contoured small seconds dial complement each other at 6:00 o’clock. Quartz caliber. Water resistant to 30 meters.
At Montblanc Boutique, (604) 235-1770
At Rodeo Jewellers, (604) 235-1770


Radiomir Composite 3 Days PAM00504
Lightweight Paneri Composite synthetic ceramics, launched in 2010, offer warm-toned, purple-red clay-like textures, high hardness and wear resistance. Cushion-shaped brown case encloses simple-structured brown dial with distinctive, user-friendly hands and hour markers. Small seconds at 9:00 o’clock. Hand-wound P.3000 movement featuring two spring barrels connected in series. Brown leather strap. 47 mm-diameter, 3-day power reserve, Water resistant to 100 meters.
At Palladio, (604) 685-3885


Chrono Hawk Hollywoodland
Memorialize cinematic arts with modern, richly textured, bronzeware-like dial. Luminescent hands and hour markers shine in dark movie theaters. Pink gold and high-tech black ceramics create images of past and present worlds. Sporty-looking chronograph, small seconds dial and date window. Transparent case back reveals GPO3300 movement. Black, rubber-based alligator strap. Water resistant to 100 meters. Power reserve over 46 hours.
At Palladio, (604) 685-3885

Patek Philippe 

Grand Complications 6002g-001
Exquisite blue champlevé enameled gold dial. Colours of East and West meet on small face. Hand-engraved white-gold case. Front dial features intricately-patterned blue cloisonné enamel. Front and back dials display 12 complications, including minute repeater, chime with two “cathedral” gongs, tourbillon, Northern Hemisphere sky chart. Perpetual calendar with moonphases, retrograde date hand, weekday, month, leap year. Navy blue alligator strap.
At Brinkhaus, (604) 689-7055