Time Soars

Nature proves a rich source of inspiration for craftsmen of all varieties.

For the talented product design & engineering team at Sea Ray, the natural world informs both technical and aesthetic choices—everything from the curve of a hull to the slant of a window to the mount of an outboard engine. Watchmaking is a very different area of expertise, true, but the power of nature to influence design is no less strong. For the craftsmen at Graff Diamonds, it’s a particular winged insect that’s shaped one of the brand’s most iconic timepieces, the Graff Butterfly Watch.

The delicate butterfly, a symbol of new beginnings, has been depicted in artists’ scenes since early civilization; images of butterflies appeared in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics over 3,500 years ago. One superstition says that if a butterfly enters your room it is a premonition that the person you love most in the world is coming to see you; in another, if a butterfly lands on you it is good luck. In Japan, butterflies are often seen as the personification of one’s soul; in Chinese culture, two butterflies flying together symbolize love.

With such a strong and beautiful symbolism, it’s no surprise that butterflies
have been a significant motif in jewelry design throughout history. The butterfly motif has been a classic inspiration for the design team at Graff Diamonds, first with the creation of the classic Butterfly collection, followed more recently by the updated Butterfly Motif and Butterfly Silhouette collections.

In Graff’s latest incarnation, the Butterfly Watch, the wings of each butterfly are comprised of a highly sculptural arrangement of four dazzling pear shape diamonds, which appear to hover above a layer of intricately set gemstones, ready to take off in flight. Each stone has been carefully hand-selected and set by Graff’s master craftsmen, ensuring that only the finest quality stones are used. At the centre of the watch is a delicate pavé diamond timepiece, an exemplary model of flawless Swiss watchmaking skill.

Available in a graceful all-diamond version set on an elegant black satin
strap, and also in striking gemstone versions including richly colored sapphires, rubies and emeralds, the Butterfly Watch is another shining example of Graff’s inimitable flair for jewelry design combined with Swiss watchmaking excellence. Proving once again that, in watches as in boats, you can rarely go wrong by honoring the stylings of Mother Nature.

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