The new collection of Harry Winston Watches named Premier Feather revives one of the fine artistic crafts from the olden days. Nowadays almost forgotten, the decorative use of feathers was not so long ago a very valued and fashionable discipline, while the products that displayed the skill of the craftsmen earned a reputation as status symbols, and must-have items in the collections of members of nobility. Though these arts of work first emerged all the way back in the sixteen century, the use of feathers as decorations peaked at the turn of the 20th century. At this time, there were about hundred feathermakers just in Paris, while the industry employed thousands of people. Fine Feather marquetry, almost abandoned technique of adoration is now once again introduced in the new and conveniently named Premier Feather series by the up-scale American jeweler and manufacturer of Swiss timepieces Harry Winston. The task of creating the exceptionally decorative dials with the use of feathers was entrusted to Nelly Saunier. This Parisian is one of a few master plumansières, which is the title of a skilful artisan in this discipline.
The artistic craft of feather marquetry which involves careful selection of feathers of supreme quality and characteristics and then arranging them in an artistic and aesthetically pleasing order is revived in the premier Feather to all its past glory, thanks to the skill of Nelly Saunier. The series includes four special timepieces with extraordinary feminine appeals. The charming pieces display all of the allure that can be found at the meeting point of feather art and marquetry. They are made from preselected perfect looking feathers that are ethically collected from avian species that are bred solely for this purpose, due to the exceptional characteristics and beauty of their feathers. Master plumansière Nelly Saunier worked meticulously on every single piece, and the creation of each of the amazing dials took up to seven hours of laborious work.
Cluster Setting of a Brilliant-Cut Diamonds Decoration
The entire range of Harry Winston watches is unfortunately made with quartz movements. Still, the lack of horological values is not so much in the spotlight, and it is outshone with the lovely and artistic feather dials that contribute heavily to their more than substantial prices which equal to $65,600 for each of the four models. Furthermore, feather marquetry dials are not the only decoration that is featured in the series. Each of the watches from the Premier Feather collection combines these ornaments with 66 sparkly diamonds that adorn its bezel. The gemstones are arranged in accordance with the three-dimensional Cluster technique which was devised by Harry Winston himself. The process that was invented by the founder of the brand allows for the asymmetrical setting of precious stones which are in this case brilliant-cut. The total mass of these diamonds is 1.45 ct. Other shiny details include a brilliant-cut diamond crown, and 29 more stones on a satin strap which fastens with a pin buckle.
Peacock or Pheasant Feathers
There are four different models in the new Harry Winston’s collection, and each of them has a dial that was made with feathers from a different species of bird. The universal case size of the women’s collection of watches is 36 mm, and in agreement with the overall lavish style of these artistic timepieces made from 18K gold. Two models from Premier Feather collection have white gold cases. The first one of them is with peacock, and the other one with ring-necked pheasant feathers. The versions with red gold cases are decorated with silver pheasants and Lady Amherst pheasant feathers.