Architecture

Architects of time: iconic buildings paired with luxury watches

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Ever wondered what some of the world's most iconic buildings would look like as watches? We did, which is why we've paired a few of our favourite watches stocked by luxury and lifestyle conglomerate Picot and Moss with their architectural equivalents.

Burj Al Arab x Bulgari Tubogas

picot and moss Left: Tubogas watch by Bulgari | Right: Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, UAE (photo by Travel and Leisure)

With their similarly shell-like structures and repetitive rectangular shapes that seem to wrap around an invisible cone, this Dubai building and stylish watch were meant to be together. The best part? The sunset adds a rose-gold hue to the Burj Al Arab's white facade that's perfectly reflected in the tones of Bulgari's Tubogas watch.

Lotus Temple x Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

picot and moss Left: Lotus Temple in Delhi, India (photo by Famous Places) | Right: Royal Oak watch by Audemars Piguet

The matching geometrics of the Lotus Temple in India and Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak watch are undeniable. Both have a slick, strong and somewhat futuristic look and are smooth to the touch.

Casa Mila x Zenith Academy

picot and moss Left: Academy Georges Favre-Jacot watch by Zenith | Right: Casa Mila in Barcelona, Spain (photo by Get Your Guide) 

The 'wonkyness' of Casa Mila's structure and windows continues in the texture of the Academy Georges Favre-Jacot watch strap, while the brown leather matches the building's aged aesthetic, and the golden frame hints at its former glory. Detailed and playful, Zenith's Academy Georges Favre-Jacot watch is the ultimate accessory for visiting this iconic building by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona.

Taj Mahal x Parmigiani Fleurier ladies' Tonda watch

picot and moss Left: Taj Mahal in Agra, India (photo by Travel and Leisure) | Right: Ladies Tonda watch by Parmigiani Fleurier

It's only fit to pair such a luxurious watch with one of the world's most extravagant buildings. With timeless elegance, the studded diamond detailing around Parmigiani Fleurier's ladies' Tonda watch references the texture of India's Taj Mahal, and both are glittering marvels to gaze upon.

The Shard x Gucci G Frame

picot and moss Left: G Frame watch by Gucci | Right: The Shard in London, England (photo by Mace World)

If there's an architectural and timepiece match made in heaven, this is it. Slender, pointy, metallic and glamorous, the London Shard and Gucci's G Frame watch complement each other in the best way, down to the details, where the delicate diamonds on the watch mimic the Shard's many glass panels.

Fallingwater x Victorinox Maverick GS

Left: Fallingwater residence in south-western Pennsylvania, USA (photo by Western Pennsylvania Conservancy) | Right: Maverick GS watch by Victorinox

Renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania is bathed in verdant lushness, leading to obvious colour overlaps with Victorinox's Maverick GS watch. The green watch face calls nature to mind, while the silver and gold of the strap match the building's stacked stones and concrete slabs.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao x Tag Heuer Carrera Automatic

picot and moss Left: Carrera Automatic watch by Tag Heuer | Right: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain (photo by Rare Delights Magazine)

The way Tag Heuer's Carrera watch strap catches the light reminds us of the sun bouncing off the Guggenheim Bilbao’s metallic facade, which appears mostly silver but, when the sun hits the building at a certain angle, it gives off a golden reflection. The textured leather is also reminiscent of the medley of shapes that make up this famous structure.

Heydar Aliyev x Raymond Weil Noemia Ladies'

picot and moss Left: Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, Azerbaijan (photo by Arch Daily) | Right: Noemia Ladies' watch by Raymond Weil

Both Raymond Weil's Noemia Ladies' watch and the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Azerbaijan by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid have beautifully rounded edges, resulting in an ultra-elegant look. Much like the building's expansive windows that reflect the outside world, this timepiece's face is made of translucent mother-of-pearl, lending it a subtly feminine touch.

St Basil's Cathedral x Hermés Clipper Quartz Chronograph

picot and moss Left: Clipper Quartz Chronograph watch by Hermés | Right: St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia (photo by Wallpaper Abyss)

Bold, colourful and slightly wacky, Hermés' Clipper Quartz Chronograph watch is well-deserving of a pairing with St Basil's Cathedral. The chunky design and oversized dials are reminiscent of how the cathedral's onion-shaped domes playfully jut into the skyline. Visit picotandmoss.co.za for more products and information.