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Robb Design Portfolio: Spin Doctored

Jill Newman

Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof pairs his elaborate, jeweled sculptures with timekeeping mechanisms in a manner that preserves uncluttered pedestals for the artworks. Among his new wristwatches is one adorned with a gold frog prince embedded with green tsavorites, diamonds, sapphires, and rubies and one featuring a ladybug set with black diamonds and rubies.

In 1989, Zadora-Gerlof, best known as simply Zadora, created an

orbital-dial table clock decorated with a frog prince riding a snail. (Both

creatures are made of gems.) The clock’s unusual movement, modeled on an

18th-century design, indicates the hours with a rotating ring on the perimeter

of the base. Five years ago, Zadora (305.395.3247, www­.zadoratimepieces.com)

began adapting his clock design to watches. The resultant orbital jewelry

watches, including the two shown here, are made by hand in Switzerland and

priced at $150,000 apiece.

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