There are so many sources for this style of watch, but chiefly their designers were inspired by the works of such noted architects as Antoni Gaudi, Otto Wagner, Louis Sullivan, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Hector Guimard, and the graphic art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec , Alphonse Mucha and Aubrey Beardsley.
If the look of the watch reminds you of The Métro in Paris’ original Hector Guimard art nouveau entrances, this is not by accident. Such iconic symbols of Paris were actually so new and different in 1900 that they were the source of a good bit of consternation and controversy. The graphic design for the letters and numerals were exaggerated in plant-like motifs, just as one finds on the watches they inspired.
You will find many vintage wathces and many more modern watches that use these motifs – no one company or group of companies has a corner on the sinuous curves of art nouveau design. Indeed, some brand new watches in the art nouveau style go one step further and put the numbers around the dial in what appears to be a random pattern, or with widely different sizes and scales.