In 2012 Harry Winston brought together two age-old forms of expertise that, until then, nothing had destined to meet: 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 42mm now leads us on a fascinating journey into the deepest realms of the animal and plant kingdoms, for the colours of the feathers 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 master 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 perfect harmony between the pink gold of the case and the chocolate shades of the alligator strap.
18K polished pink gold, 42.5 mm
Open back, sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 30 metres (3 bar / 100 ft)
Marquetry of domestic goose feathers, coloured brown and black
Mechanical automatic, HW2008 calibre, 28 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, silicon flat balance spring, skeletonised rotor in 18K white gold, Côtes de Genève, circular-graining, chamfered bridges
Brown alligator with 18K polished pink gold buckle