Nature Story Carved Time

For the visual department, the value of the face determines the character, because in such a high-tech era, even if you are not born with beauty, there are many ways for you to hold your hand. If you don’t even care about the beauty, then you don’t need to look at character. In the world of watches, the value of the face is especially important. In such a busy life rhythm, few people have the mind to look at the watch that is not good, let’s explore its inner good, not to mention the fact that the ugly watch is ordinary Not much better. Someone once calculated how much money a woman wants to be a goddess, and the results are amazing. This is why the silk is not counterattack and never worthy of the goddess. The watch is even more so, because people may be born with beauty Watches aren’t born, good values ​​require careful work and slow work, so they are often valuable.
I didn’t expect the straw
   If you have lived in the countryside, then you are no stranger to wheat straw. After people lay down the above wheat kernels, in most cases, they will be burned as firewood. However, in the eyes of the artist, they have special value. In China, straw painting is a kind of folk art. People draw materials from the wild and can make the straw painting lasting after many processes. As a kind of grain stalk, wheat straw is easy to deteriorate under certain humidity and temperature conditions. Therefore, folk artists of wheat straw painting must finish the processing of wheat straw, and fumigate, steam, bleach and scrape from the previous treatment. , Push, blanch to the later drawing paintings for cutting, engraving, editing, drawing, etc., it is necessary to process the ordinary straw into a material that can be stored forever. In fact, Chinese straw paintings have a very long history and rich and diverse forms of expression. Today, most straw paintings are presented in natural colors and less dyed, in order to express Chinese folk customs.

Straw painting
   Due to the unique luster of the texture of the surface of the straw, compared with ordinary painting, the straw straw painting has a very bright color and three-dimensional sense. The expressed things are vivid and the theme is colorful. During the processing, the straw will have different colors, brown. The skins and leaves of plants are used to express the combination of off-white and brown, and the smoothness of the straw itself, which can make the paintings fascinating.

   Of course, straw paintings are not only found in China. Although they originated in China, they were introduced to European countries as early as the 17th century. Really good works have always been used by the royal family. Foreign designers have applied the essence of wheat straw painting to a wider range of fields, so that their artistic value can be enhanced again. The old luxury brand Hermès loves folk arts from all over the world, which makes Hermès’ works famous all over the world, because you can always find an art form you can appreciate there. Artists at Hermès found the interesting part of the straw and moved them, bringing the Arceau Paille watch.

   The Arceau Paille watch has a very distinctive feature. Its dial is inlaid with straw, showing a unique texture. The wheat variety selected by Hermès comes from rye that is only available in a farm in France. This rye has a long straw and a small number of wheat sections, which is very suitable for inlaying straw. After manual harvesting, you can ensure that the most ideal straw is retained, and then colored and dried to make the straw into the desired color system. Then, according to the actual situation, select the straw that is suitable for making the Hermes watch dial. Of course, the straw itself is cylindrical and needs to be cut with a blade and flattened by hand with a bone tool. This process requires considerable effort because it is difficult to level the batch. Manual operation can ensure the perfect state of the available parts. According to the color and direction of the straw, the base map of straw and the collage of straw are combined on the graph paper, and finally it is inlaid on the dial.

   However, despite its seeming simplicity, the Hermes straw watch is very different from the Chinese straw painting in that the dial is only about 3 cm in diameter, and a straw is cut to have a wide width. Miniaturization is more difficult than straw painting. According to the different textures, the wheat straw inlaid dial first needs uniformly colored straws, followed by the same length, and then needs to be cut and combined according to the texture, which need to be handmade by craftsmen.

Cartier Straw Inlaid Koala Dial

   It is very similar to Hermes straw inlay, and Cartier’s straw inlay technology. In fact, straw and straw are very similar, so they are similar in the process. The difference is that Cartier goes further and the selection is more difficult. Straw inlay. Compared to Hermes’ Arceau Paille watch, Cartier is higher in miniature. In terms of fine mosaic, because the pattern is more complicated and cumbersome, so the colors and details need to be changed more, so the color and texture of the straw are more demanding, because in the many details of the picture, very small Straw, in order to perfectly connect at this time, you need to grasp the size and color of the straw well.

Cartier straw inlaid watch

   Cartier used straw inlays to create a lion-themed watch and a koala-themed watch, and perhaps more, and these two are representative works in recent years. Like straw paintings and wheat straw paintings are regarded as intangible cultural heritage, this craft deserves to be passed down and well known to the public. Hermes Arceau Paille and Cartier’s Lion and Koala Watches all adopt this folklore. Art conveys a romantic sentiment in a more interesting way, combined with the technical aesthetics of mechanical watchmaking.
Marquetry inlay
   In the most special dial inlaying process, the fine wood inlaying is obviously higher than the wheat straw inlaying, because the fine wood inlaying often uses the world’s precious wood, and at the same time has higher technical requirements. Due to the complexity of the selected patterns, the texture, color and size of the wood need to be strictly controlled. Historically, fine wood inlays have played a very important role in the design of European classical furniture. It is a very special craft in European-style furniture art decoration. Among them, the most representative and luxurious court furniture in France is made of fine wood. The essence of mosaic.

   The charm of cabinetry does not simply come from the luxurious art deco style used by the royal family in French history. With the efforts of some artisans, it has gradually entered the homes of ordinary people, but it is fundamentally different from the royal family. Although the mosaic procedure used is the same, the materials used, the degree of exquisiteness, the design patterns and the complicated assembly processes are different. Today, we can still admire the exquisite luxury of the early European fine wood inlaid classical furniture and the exquisite ingenuity of the artisans in the museum.

   The application of fine wood inlays in watches is very rare, because although some carpenters can still do fine wood inlays today, it is very difficult to make on the extremely small dial space, because any size A slight deviation creates a gap that can be recognized at a glance. Therefore, in addition to material selection and dyeing, the craftsman needs to copy and cut multiple identical plates according to the design drawings, and then select the most suitable one to use. Because natural wood is used, the variety is very important. Ordinary wood will be affected by humidity and temperature, deformed, and even discolored after a long time. There are not many brands that use this special craftsmanship in watches. Parmigiani and Patek Philippe are the representatives. Parmigiani has launched many fine-grain mosaic watches, including national themes and musical themes. .

   The Tonda Mambo wood-inlaid tourbillon watch displays the passion of jazz through a variety of wood stitching. On the dial, the guitarist’s straw hat is made of Koto Maille wood with natural weave texture, and its face and hands are delicately textured Made of pear wood, Burl walnut with natural wrinkles has become the best material for guitarists’ polka-dot shirts. Between these woods, Parmigiani is embedded with small gold nuggets. Throughout the surface, the guitarist was immersed in the movement, with a cigarette in his mouth, which seemed a little decadent but the most true state of self-pleasure.

PP 5077P

   Patek Philippe introduced two models with fine wood inlay, but this was not originally intended by Patek Philippe. In 2008, Patek Philippe and the master of fine wood inlays successfully created the first fine wood dial model, the Kenyan black-crowned crane REF.982 / 115 pocket watch. In 2010, this master tried new challenges in the smaller watch dials. On, completed the masterpiece of 5077P Royal Tiger craftsmanship. Regardless of whether it is a black-crowned crane or a royal tiger, Patek Philippe has completed a breakthrough in the miniaturization technology of fine wood inlay. Under the detailed mosaic of a variety of woods, it shows the animal’s delicate fur texture and lifelike expression.
Put wings on time with feathers
   Feathers make us think of ethereal, light, and feminine charm. In the eyes of designers, feathers have their unique value. Feather painting is a very niche painting art. The feathers of natural birds are cut, stitched and folded. After inserting, setting and hot pressing, you can combine and paste three-dimensional and vivid paintings. In addition to painting, feather is a unique material commonly used in Gao Ding. Gao Ding costumes with feathers show a very fairy texture. In European courts, feathers were also popular as part of the headdress and became synonymous with princess dreams.

   Nelly Saunier is one of the few masters of feather art in the world. Why is it called feather art? Because she is not only proficient in feather mosaic, but also good at the unique presentation of feathers in different works. Feather means purity and beauty to her. Can give her rich imagination and creativity. She collaborates with the world’s most famous premium brands to bring feather art to the eyes of the world. In collaboration with French fashion brand Jean Paul Gaultier, she has incorporated parakeet-like feathers into haute couture, giving it a wool-like texture, but it is extremely ethereal. Nelly also used feathers in Thierry Drevelle’s furniture. The fusion of feathers and cherished wood seems to be a bit apostate, but it has given us a wider imagination.

Linked pendant by Harry Winston and Nelly

   Thanks to Nelly’s efforts, Feather put wings on time and came to the count, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston. ‘Feather is an emotion,’ Nelly said in an interview. Nelly and Harry Winston’s cooperation has introduced a breeze for high-end jewelry and watches. Already very imposing jewelry, coupled with light feathers, it is difficult for a woman to remain unmoved. Harry Winston’s Ultimate Adornment pendant is one of its finished products. It is not only a linked watch, but also the part inlaid with feathers can be removed to become a brooch for high-end clothing. The peacock feathers used are exquisite and colorful, echoing the chain dial surface, showing the mysterious charm of advanced craftsmanship.

   Piaget and Van Cleef & Arpels have collaborated with Nelly more than once, using distinctive and emotional feathers to bring a different kind of interest to high-end watches. In 2015, Nelly created the Secrets of Venice jewelry bracelet for Piaget, inspired by the feather mask on the masquerade. Magic, modernity, lightness, gorgeousness, and colorfulness. Whatever protagonist you want to be, there are so many Gesture. Artist Emilie Moutard-Martin is another talented feather artist who created a feather-encrusted feather watch for Piaget. He selects high-quality goose feathers and pastes them with silver foil to collage the ‘wheel of time’.

   This year, Emilie Moutard-Martin once again created a new Altiplano feather-inlaid watch for Piaget, featuring feathers such as peacocks and roosters, embellished with silver leaves to create a touching image.

Summary: A real high-end decorative art watch has its most special value. Perhaps most of us will say that this is superficial work. However, the value of face is justice, and artistic creation conveys the delicateness through the most special language. emotion.