Because watch collectors spend copious amounts of time admiring the tiny details of their fine timepieces, housing those pieces in a case with a similar level of artistry seems only appropriate. The Blue Marlin box ($3,395) created by artist Giuseppe Miniero is a true example of métiers d’art fashioned in the same spirit as the most intricate timepieces. Inside is a triple watch-winder system from Orbita that enables the owner to individually program the optimum winding level for each of the movements used in the watch industry today.
Reserved exclusively for a Robb Report reader, the box is decorated with a form of marquetry called intaglio. Working from his atelier near Sorrento, Italy, Miniero selects woods from as many as 25 different species of tree—most of them grown locally—which are then cut by hand to his specifications. His genius lies in the subtle play of shades, grains, and shapes that allows him to render photorealistic images as well as interpretations of the works of visual artists such as Dalí and Van Gogh. Normally, the highlight of a watch winder is found within, but a box this beautiful provides pleasure even when the lid is closed.