Beautifully bespoke: Six brands that customise watches tailored to suit your taste and fancy

Customisable watches are in vogue. Here is a look at six brands that offer watches with unmatched designs, mechanisms, and styles to suit the persona of the owner

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Customisable watches are in vogue. Here is a look at six brands that offer watches with unmatched designs, mechanisms, and styles to suit the persona of the owner. Rising above how a typical watch would grace the wrist are customised watches that are tailored to suit one's taste and fancy. These bespoke timepieces are conceptualised, carved and engraved to reflect not just the art or the artist, but also the owner's style. From Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso to Vacheron Constantin's Les Cabinotiers Armillary Tourbillon Snake, these distinctive horological masterpieces often make one skip a breath or two.

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IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia 

Touted as the most complex IWC ever made, the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia is sublime. A decade went by and several moons changed for it to be carved and perfected. Its ingenuity is overwhelming and astronomical — no pun intended. The client can customise the watch — be it the material of the case, dial, or strap colour. Let's not stop at that as you can even select the colour of the hands and hour numerals to customise it. This masterpiece is an advanced astronomical instrument featuring patented constant-force tourbillon enabling the watch's accuracy to remain perfectly constant. Engraved in yellow is IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia's horizon which is customisable all the way to your location.  


Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

Personalising your Jaeger-LeCoultre is like immersing yourself in the art of customisation and to turn it into something even more splendiferous. Given its reversible case, the Reverso offers a unique experience of altering the watch to go with your disposition. You can have your initials engraved or make the Reverso go cosmic with your zodiac sign. Enthusiasts have taken to gorgeous enamelling of the Reverso, a process both tedious and awe-inspiring. For the Reverso's personalisation, you can use the watch you already own or go for a brand new one. Jaeger-LeCoultre's website features a customisation tool which is quite an experience. From initials to text, the range is vivid and engrossing. 

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Offbeat offerings from HYT are quite remarkable. What drives this Swiss luxury watch brand is its penchant for innovation focusing on its client's expression more than anything. Artisans at HYT are pushing the boundaries of excellence, and the result is outstanding. With an in-depth understanding of the customer's vision, the HYT craftsmen are imagining and creating the most unique pieces on the planet. HYT boasts of fusing its artistic, scientific and technological prowess into the pieces it creates. HYT indulges their clients like no other. They gauge their expectations, explore their personalities, and eventually create the wristwatch of their dreams. Bespoke One and Bespoke Two are the customisation schemes offered by the brand. The former is noted for practically having no limits to ingenuity. One can alter movements and modify shapes, materials, colours, it all will come true given the creative vision meets HYT's technical feasibility. Bespoke Two on the other hand lets the customers tweak appearances of their watches. From coating to engraving, this HYT division does it all. With this, the brand promises an immersive experience throughout the development of these pieces that will one day be timeless.

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Jaquet Droz 

True to its tradition, Jaquet Droz is famous for its authentic automatons and spell-binding miniature art on the dials of its exquisite watches. The Twelve Cities is a spectacular series which houses a self-winding mechanical movement with jumping hours and time zone indication on a customisable disc. Jaquet Droz is more often recognised as one of the pioneers in creation of timepieces that involve haute horlogerie, ornamental crafts, and mechanical automation. Patience will be rewarded as the artisans will work on your watch for two to six months depending on your selections. Jaquet Droz offers perceptive customers the option to customise the dials of their watches to pay tribute to the Ateliers d'Art tradition inspired by minerals and precious stones. The brand's copious creativity ensures unmatched exclusivity along with a vibrant heritage. 

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The Swiss brand of luxury watchmakers Bovet lets its imagination run amok fusing intricate aesthetics into its bespoke timepieces. Watches from Bovet are distinctive and depict the union of old-world grace and modern advancements. Bovet provides a plethora of options to its customers when it comes to selecting the case material, style of hands, functions of the movement, or how the dial looks. Trick after trick up its sleeve, Bovet even measures the strap to perfection for it to fit around the customer's wrist. One can customise the engraving or the locations to cities of their choice. Enthusiasts can choose from white gold, red gold or platinum cases that can be altered. The dynamic cases have made Bovet an eminent watchmaker for almost two centuries. Bovet, one of the leaders in ornamental arts of watchmaking does not mass produce its timepieces. A third of its timepieces are exclusive and are made-to-measure.  

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Vacheron Constantin

Created in 2006, Atelier Cabinotiers is a dedicated and accomplished department of Vacheron Constantin where the guilloche experts, enamellers, engravers and jewellery setters, come together to create exclusive timepieces. Vacheron Constantin gives its clients a chance to own some highly-complicated watches on demand. The dexterous craftsmen don't ever miss a chance to add character to these bespoke watches. Since its founding in 1755, the brand has maintained prosperous ties with its clients to assemble watches for them. The artisans take inspiration from an existing model or start from scratch, an exercise which sometimes takes up to a few years to deliver. Magnificent pieces in the Les Cabinotiers collection, like Armillary Tourbillon Snake, are stunning examples of the bespoke watches Vacheron Constantin is designing.  All requests are scrutinised by an ethics committee so that each piece of work fulfils the Maison's values and traditions.

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