10 Things Rocking the Industry: May 2012

1. BaselworldYou’ve heard of master jewelers and master watchmakers, but a master of feather arts? The esoteric specialty featured prominently at the Harry Winston booth at the Basel fair, where a one-of-a-kind $1.3 million pendant/brooch belonging to the brand’s Ultimate Adornments collection offered an exquisite example of the lengths to which watch and jewelry firms are now going to entice the world’s wealthiest buyers. Showcasing the work of feather artist Nelly Saunier, the diamond-encrusted jewel was chief among a series of timepieces she created for the company with dials lined by iridescent peacock and pheasant feathers. All that, and jewelry wasn’t even the main attraction. That honor belonged to Harry Winston’s new Opus 12 timepiece, whose ­unconventional display—in which 12 pairs of hands each move in a peripheral rotation to reveal the time—owes its inspiration

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