It sounds odd, but I never have any spare time when I visit Geneva. Between the business meetings, factory tours and more meetings, there's barely time for me to breathe. If I want a break, I have to steal it. So during my last trip, I made a run for it after lunch. I turned the ringer off on my cell phone. And then I went for a stroll along the lake to clear my head and forget about work. But a stroll through the birthplace of the Swiss watch industry is a terrible place to try and forget about work. The cool breeze off Lake Geneva and the lush greenery of the Jardin Anglais (English Garden) were relaxing. But then I saw the Flower Clock. Planted in 1955, the working public clock has a breathtaking dial composed of more than 6,000 blooms, arranged in an elaborate design of eight concentric circles. Inspiration never sleeps.
Obviously fresh flowers wouldn't last a minute on the wrist, so I decided to replace the gladiolas with gemstones. I borrowed the brilliant bouquet look for our Jardin Watch, which features a rose gold-fused oval case studded with 2 ctw twinkling, lab-created DiamondAura®. The elongated mother-of-pearl face shimmers with iridescent color and features oversized Roman numeral indices at 12 and 6 o'clock. While the Geneva Floral Clock features the world's largest second hand (over 8 feet long), it seemed more practical to fit the Jardin with a trio of much shorter blued hands. A genuine sapphire crown and the rich burgundy leather strap add the final touches of luxury. The final result is a unusually beautiful timepiece that keeps you on schedule while reminding you that it's okay to stop and smell the roses once in a while.