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Red Carpet Collection 2018
A feather necklace paying homage to artistic crafts
One of the star models in the 2018 Red Carpet collection testifies to Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele’s boundless inspiration: an astonishing necklace of real feathers, inspired by the costumes and traditional skills of the peoples on the Mongolian Plateau. In a major first for the Maison, this airy creation combines a magnificent central piece, composed of a sculpted gold cameo adorned with volutes of blue apatites, purple garnets and red jasper – with a necklace graced with rooster, grey heron, ostrich and black pheasant feathers. The resulting shimmering work of art, created in cooperation with feather artist Nelly Saunier, draws upon the mastery cultivated within the Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie ateliers, the largest in Switzerland and home to more than 45 specialised artisans.
Combining traditional crafts with technical innovation, the Chopard Haute Joaillerie ateliers are distinguished by a constant quest for new materials. For the reason that Haute Joaillerie is perpetually reinvented through the most unexpected raw materials, Caroline Scheufele imagined this unprecedented creation adorned with daintily colourful plumage. This new technical challenge was taken up in conjunction with feather artist Nelly Saunier. The encounter between the artisanal brilliance of this maître d’art – an acknowledged expert in the field for over 30 years – and that which is exercised in the Chopard workshops, testifies to the natural complementarity between age-old skills and a passion for supremely sophisticated creations. Expert hands and nimble fingers apply a blend of patience and perseverance to crafting inestimably precious artworks. It is precisely this personal involvement of each artisan, who endows each creation with a personal spark of genius and individual expertise, that gives rise to the emotions naturally aroused by Chopard Haute Joaillerie. With this feather artistry, resulting in an inimitably soft touch and an airily light feel, the Red Carpet Collection welcomes a new sense of emotion. As Nelly Saunier loves to point out: “birds are born with this elegance and appearances are never deceptive. They demonstrate total freedom in revealing their beauty. It is this spontaneity and this authentic form of expression that I share. Feathers are all about emotions.” Feathers, as a new mode of jewellery embellishment.