High Jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels has invited Nelly Saunier for an unprecedented collaboration on its Extraordinary Dials watch collection.

To create the three limited edition watches, Nelly Saunier used the very delicate – and enchanting – technique of miniature feather art.

This craft skill calls for a degree of precision that runs to the tenth of a millimeter. The feather artist works like a painter, choosing pigments and raw materials. Each feather is selected for its specific color and texture. Thanks to the delicate techniques of miniature feather art, Enchanting Nature takes on three dimensions to endow the birds with shimmering natural plumage.

“These pieces are a real technical challenge!” explains Nelly Saunier. “Creating a cardinal with just one 3mm feather, gives me wings…”

Click on this link to see a video of Nelly Saunier working on the watches.

Photo credits : Johann Sauty @ Van Cleef & Arpels ; Chez Voltaire / Aurore Colibert @ Van Cleef & Arpels

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