In 2012 Harry Winston brought together two age-old forms of expertise whose paths had hitherto never crossed: watchmaking, the infinitely complex art of time measurement, and plumasserie, the rare and almost forgotten craft of creating art from feathers.
The new Midnight Feathers Automatic 42 mm uses feathers to suggest the amber-tinted roots of vetiver, bulrushes and cedar wood. Each watch is a unique experience as each hand-crafted dial naturally varies with the individual
feathers and the craftsman’s touch.
With infinite patience, each remige, or flight feather, is selected, coaxed into shape then laid in its exact position on the dial, using a loupe for the greatest possible precision. The visually striking marquetry plays on alternating colours, further accentuated by the harmony between the pink gold of the case and the chocolate shades of the alligator strap.
Mechanical automatic, HW2008 calibre, 28,800 vph, 28 jewels, silicon flat balance spring, skeletonised rotor in 18K white gold, Geneva striping, circular-graining,
chamfered bridges. 18K polished pink gold, 42.5 mm case.
Open back, sapphire crystal.
Source: Europa Star March 2015 Magazine Issue