Form Watches Can Be Fruit, Fauna or Almost Anything at All

The industry term for such fanciful timepieces is form watches, and their origin story stretches back at least 500 years.

It’s a bracelet! It’s a brooch! It’s a secret watch!

Over the centuries watchmakers have tried many ways to disguise the basic function of a timepiece. They hid the dial under a cuvette, or cover, or behind a layer of filigree or other ornamentation.

But form watches may be the most creative approach of all. That is the term that the industry uses for a watch in the shape of a flower, a ladybug, a pistol or, well, just about any shape capturing the watchmaker’s imagination.

Form watches date to the 1500s, and

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