Baselworld 2017: Interview with Nayla Hayek, President of Harry Winston and Chairwoman of the Swatch Group

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Baselworld 2017: Interview with Nayla Hayek, President of Harry Winston and Chairwoman of the Swatch Group

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:29
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Madame Hayek talked about a project where Harry Winston designers use a novel technique that encourages the silkworm to weave its own fabric. The result is a delicate, small area of raw silk created without the interaction of human hands. That´s simply astonishing and shows Harry Winston’s ongoing exploration in the field of rare artistic crafts.

This year, among other novelties, the above mentioned effort has resulted in the creation of two singular dials for the Premier Collection. An inimitable luxury product made from embossed raw silk, the Premier Delicate Silk Automatic 36mm models mark, for the first time, the artistic marriage of silk and the art of embossing. 

 

 

 

 

The pictures I took with my macro lens should show you this particular silk ...

But the artwork continues ... It is all about embossing the silk

Once the unique material was procured, the next step was to find an embossing workshop that would be willing to work with silk. Usually reserved for leather and paper, embossing is a technique that is used to create raised and recessed relief images on a surface. After countless trials, a master embosser was able to stamp the 18-karat or 22-karat gold design into the raw silk, giving the material a remarkable sense of volume and depth. 

 

Here is my interview with Madame Hayek you should not miss!

Respect to Harry Winston for the brands constant exploration in the field of rare artistic crafts! 

 

 

 

 

 

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