Drawing inspiration from the infinite delicacy of flora and fauna, the brand offers different interpretations of Van Cleef & Arpels Enchanted Nature collection. Traditional skills such as engraving on gold, hard stone marquetry and stone setting are joined – for the first time – by miniature feather art at Watches&Wonders.
For these new Extraordinary Dials watches, Van Cleef & Arpels has instigated a partnership with Nelly Saunier, a feather artist. Thanks to the delicate techniques of miniature feather art, Enchanting Nature takes on three dimensions to endow the birds with shimmering natural plumage.
The miniature feather art requires perfect familiarity with the organic material. The Maître d’art searches the bird’s coat for the feather that matches the desired effect: colors, overtones, density and texture. She studies each feather, selecting those sections where tones and variations of multiple colors shimmer according to the spectrum of light and the angle of vision. They are then delicately trimmed and inserted to fit the design of the composition. The artist plays with thicknesses to produce relief effects and with light and shade to enhance the three-dimensional aspect.
Adorned with blossoming bouquets of forget-me-nots, daffodils, lilacs, buttercups, crocuses, and wallflowers, the three-piece collection embodies the poetry of spring in the most beautiful way. The masterfully hand-painted Mother-of-Pearl dials are framed with three rows of diamonds, with each watch featuring brilliant diamonds, colored sapphires, and a stunning rotating charm.