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The Iconic World Of Fabergé

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Fabergé’s illustrious history is well-known – founded in 1842, the story began when Peter Carl Fabergé became official goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court. The beautifully intricate range of jewels and objects he subsequently created included the fabled Imperial Easter Eggs, which were a riot of colour and detail. This original approach has carried through to today’s collections, where both jewellery and watches utilise stunning artistry and incorporate dazzling precious stones to jaw-dropping effect. The brand also continues to push boundaries that aren’t just aesthetic, but technical, too.

THE WATCHES 

Faberge Visionnaire DTZ

1. FABERGÉ VISIONNAIRE DTZ

The Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ is a prime example of how far Fabergé has technologially advanced. The dual timezone watch has a movement that was exclusively developed for Fabergé by master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and his team of horological experts at Agenhor. The intuitive design means the two timezones can be displayed simultaneously and cleanly, while a slim bezel, interesting lug design and multi-layered dial construction all add to the masculine, contemporary style. There’s two versions in titanium and 18 karat rose gold, which is a move that has gone down well with the experts – for the second year running, Fabergé won the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in the Travel Time category for this watch, which is an awesome achievement.

Faberge Imperial Collection

2. FABERGÉ HERITAGE COLLECTION

The Heritage Collection pays homage to Fabergé’s first jewelled pieces, perfectly capturing their technical nous and beauty. Enamelling, guilloché and hand-engraving are all used to create a collection rich in both history and colour, with the famous egg motif captured in a plethora of hues and decorated with intricate openwork patterns. Indeed, the Palais Tsarskoye Selo Locket Pendants are a tribute to the first Imperial Easter Egg commission from Peter Carl Fabergé, the Hen Egg of 1885. It’s a vivid, up-to-date interpretation of the brand’s past.

Faberge Imperial Collection

3. FABERGÉ IMPERIAL COLLECTION

The Mosaic Pendants are brilliant riots of colour, perfectly capturing the Fabergé spirit with three vibrant variations which incorporate Mozambican rubies, sapphires, tzavorites and diamonds. Paying tribute to the methods Peter Carl Fabergé pioneered in the early twentieth century, the gemstones are invisibly-set, a skilful technique which allows the mosaic pattern to flow uninterrupted.

THE INTERVIEW

Aurelie Picaud

TIMEPIECES DIRECTOR – AURÉLIE PICAUD

You’ve worked in the watch industry for many years. Is there anything that surprised you when coming to Fabergé specifically?

I have discovered that the organisation is structured in a ‘start-up way’, for example the departments are very small, so I have been delighted by the level of involvement from each team.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of working for a relatively smaller company?

One of the key differences is definitely the rapidity of the decision-making. This efficiency is what allowed us to develop four new watch movements and to launch multiple new watch collections in the last three years. Everyone at every level has to be skilled at multi-tasking, as they must be ready to do whatever is required to make the projects happen. People also have the opportunity to learn very quickly.

Fabergé’s output is becoming ever more technical and surprising. How important is it to keep challenging people’s perceptions of the brand?

Peter-Carl Fabergé was ‘avant-garde’ for his time; so it is key for Fabergé to continue to work within this DNA. Fabergé is all about surprise, ingenuity and colour.

Which is your favourite part of the process when developing a new watch?

The creative part is particularly exciting for me; you explore an initial idea, then share it and finalise it with the workmasters involved in the project. But, nothing is better than seeing the smile and surprise on the face of the consumer when they first discover the new watch in question…

What’s your favourite piece?

The Lady Compliquée Peacock is particularly special to me since it was the first project I worked on when I started at Fabergé. The Peacock is such a strong interpretation of the Fabergé heritage, expressing both the Fabergé discovery and ingenuity. Furthermore, all suppliers and the entire team had been working very hard to make sure we could present this watch at Basel in 2015 – and we won our first GPHG with the Lady Compliquée Peacock. The new Lady Compliquée Black Peacock is a watch that’s easy-to-wear every day without any embellishment, so it is contemporary but still elegant and surprising.

Faberge Watchmaking

Aurélie loves the way the Fabergé team are so skilled at multi-tasking

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About the author

Hannah Silver

Hannah is a luxury lifestyle journalist specialising in watches and jewellery. Immersing herself in timepieces, she complements her stints at Oracle Time with The Daily Telegraph’s beautiful watch publication, Telegraph Time.