'A big fish in a small pond' is the saying that springs to mind upon first beholding the extraordinary Koi Carpe watch design from Van Cleef & Aprels. The luxury watch is composed of a staggering 8,000 individual precious gems, including yellow sapphires, white diamonds and spessartite garnets, all set into a yellow gold frame with a concealed quartz watch mechanism. 

Van Cleef and Arpels debut Koi fish-inspired timepiece

Van Cleef and Arpels debut Koi fish-inspired timepiece

This feat of remarkable skill is the result of 3,450 dedicated man hours, a true labour of love. Titled the Carpe Koi, the timepiece was first unveiled at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) and we are keeping our eyes peeled for repeat appearance, perhaps on a celebrity wrist. Arm candy doesn't cover it. This watch requires a new vocabulary.