This summer, Fabergé presents a new variant of the Complicated Peacock watch. Produced in partnership with project manager Jean-Marc Wiederrecht d’Agenhor and master craftsman André Martinez – a specialist in miniaturist artistic painting on watch dials – it follows the great success of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2015, where the Complicated Peacock won the High Mechanical award.
Limited to ten numbered pieces of each model, each watch dial is completely unique and features an abstract design by André Martinez, inspired by beautiful peacock feathers. These masterpieces are wearable art for the wrist. Fabergé has always partnered with the finest artisans, across all areas of expertise, to deliver creations that capture the spirit of the brand’s past, present and future. Martinez has previously created unique hand-painted dials for the limited edition Fabergé x Craft Irish Whiskey Co. Altruist, as well as Fabergé Altruist Wilderness watches. He also hand painted every feather on every iteration of the award-winning Complicated Peacock Watch series.
Martinez says of this series: “I chose to express myself and my creative universe on the dials of these very high-end watches. It requires being confident and determined, mastering your drawing skills and understanding the world of Fabergé. I am therefore able to offer the person who acquires one of these watches the awareness of giving him the best of myself.
Available in two different colors, the new hand-engraved white gold Complicated Peacock Arte watches are limited to just ten numbered pieces per style, making them true collector’s items. The dials are engraved using a technique known as “etching“, or “engraving”, a 16th century “intaglio” printing process, in which an image or design is incised on a plate using acid. Traditionally this would be a metal plate; however, Martinez skillfully applied this technique to mother-of-pearl to create a unique appearance. On the colored dial, the bottom of the engraved part is painted with Martinez lacquers in color gradations then covered with a transparent lacquer to obtain a flat and taut finish.
The bold feather pattern is completely hand painted, making each piece totally unique. The same technique is applied to the monochrome dial, but here the engravings are filled with a mixture developed by Martinez, which is mainly “inke de Chine” ink mixed with another component to prevent cracking during the drying process. This special technique also makes the watch waterproof by preventing the process by which ink is dissolved by water. The watch’s award-winning mechanism was developed in partnership with Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and his team at Agenhor.
Agenhor is based in Geneva and specializes in the creation of complex watchmaking mechanisms. Over the years, the family business has gained international recognition, while remaining true to the ancient spirit of watchmaking craftsmanship. The workshop merges contemporary technology with a traditional understanding of watchmaking.
Fabergé and Agenhor have teamed up for the launch of this limited edition watch, which has been developed exclusively for Fabergé and pays homage to the House’s history, with the spectacular Complicated Peacock hand-wound movement unique in itself. Aurélie Picaud, Director of Watches at Fabergé, says of the collection: “The new Complicated Peacock Arte hand-engraved limited editions embrace everything that fascinates me: the connection with the peacock egg of 1908; the technicality, but the apparent simplicity, of the mechanism; the level of skill required to make these delicate timepieces; and the beauty of the execution in every detail. More than anything, these pieces reflect the fantastic harmony between the master craftsmen working on each component of these watches, which remains faithful to the values of Fabergé.