One of the lots in Sotheby’s forthcoming Important Jewels auction in New York is a whimsical and brightly colored brooch by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co made in 1963.
A kaleidoscope of color meets a flight of fancy in the Oiseau de Paradis brooch that not only exhibits Schlumberger’s tendency for lively compositions but his ability to transform nature into one of his many reveries. Swathed in a flourish of colourful feathers, the bird’s swiveling head adds another dynamic dimension to the brooch.
The brooch is expected to fetch 150,000 – 200,000 USD.
The Charming Bird from Jaquet Droz is the first singing bird automata wristwatch ever and it is ridiculously beautiful.
The mechanical watch was introduced at the April 2013 Baselword fair in Basel, Switzerland to commemorate the 275th anniversary of Jaquet Droz, which was founded in 1738 by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who created three of the most advanced humanoid automatons of the 18th century.
The attention to detail is insane. Jaquet Droz responded to a query about the watch thus; “The watch is not waterproof but dustproof. As there is a system allowing to make the bird sing and to let the sound – and therefore, the air – get through the apertures, the watch includes a membrane that let the air get out the watch but doesn’t allow the air and dust to get into the watch”.
The Birds of Paradise Fountain Clock by Patek Phillipe is a spectacular clock made from yellow gold, silver, diamond, ruby, rock crystal, chrysoprase, rose quartz, sodalite and enamel.
The clock has a Swiss B21 quartz movement with 13 jewels, a pavé -set diamond gold dial, with applied baguette-cut ruby quarter hour numerals, dial and movement in a yellow gold circular case. The bezel is diamond and the gold and diamond-set hands are set within a realistically flowing water rock-crystal fountain, interspersed with gold and diamond-set mounts. Gold tree bark-finish branches support quarts pools which contain white gold beneath rock crystal depicting the water.
The branches support three realistically sculptured gold birds of paradise, each one either at rest, flying or taking off. Two of the birds are set with multi-coloured enamel and diamonds while the third has white enamel to its wings accented by diamonds and rubies.
There is green chrysoprase and diamond-set leaves and foliage throughout the clock and the whole scene is supported by a large oval sodalite and a yellow gold and silver water fountain bowl, accented by yellow gold decoration and base.
The clock is 38cm high and weighs 6.78kg and the case, dial and movement are signed.
After several years of development Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz have revealed their new watch The Bird Repeater. The watch is inspired by 18th century bird automatons and will be available in only 16 pieces; 8 in grey gold set with diamonds and the other 8 in red gold.
The dial features tiny automatons of two blue tits, a bird native to the Swiss Jura region, perched on the edges of a nest containing two fledglings and an egg. When the minute repeater is activated the mother bird feeds a chick. A meticulously rendered image of the Saut du Doubs waterfall in the Swiss Canton of Neuchâtel is in the background, and an off-center subdial near the top records the hours and minutes with two rose-gold hands.