Harry Winston revived the art of plumasserie or feather marquetry in 2012 with the addition of feather decorated dials to their Premier Ladies collection. Three years later they are launching a timepiece with a feather decorated dial for men, the Midnight Feathers Automatic 42 mm. Hand applying feathers to a small dial is challenging task that need patience and experience, similar to wood marquetry. At Harry Winston feather artisans perform this task from selecting perfect feathers to applying them to the dial.
Woody-looking natural feathers for this particular timepiece consists of different hues of brown and black. Feathers are selected on the basis of stability, density, finesse and color, they then get steam cleaned. Afterwards master craftsmen get down to the part of applying each remige, or flight feather, meticulously on to the dial. As you can see, beauty of the dial is increased tenfold by alternating feather colors, which are in fact glued to it. Dial also features 18 karat gold hour and minute hands.
Case, made from polished 18 karat gold has a sapphire crystal case back, from which the workings of the movement is visible. The mechanical automatic movement, HW2008 caliber provides 28,800 vph and 3 bars of water resistance. It also boasts a silicon flat balance spring and a skeletonized rotor in 18 karat white gold. Movement feature various traditional decorations such as Côtes de Genève, circular-graining and chamfered bridges.
A final touch is added to the Midnight Feathers Automatic by its brown alligator strap with an 18 karat polished pink gold buckle. The watch is set to debut at Baselworld next month.