9 THE COLLABORATION
When it comes to pushing the limits of fine craftsmanship, no one does it better than Van Cleef & Arpels. See: the Automate Fée Ondine, which called upon the excellence of some 20 workshops across France and Switzerland, as well as the expertise of automaton maker François Junod. Here, the future gets intertwined with tradition as lapidaries, jewellers, and enamellers work hand in hand with extreme engineering. Coming to life for 50 seconds, the Fée Ondine sees a fairy awaken from her slumber, only to admire a butterfly at the centre of the corolla. It rises into the air, beating its wings before returning to its delicate lily shelter, and the fairy returns to her sleep and the lily’s oscillation comes to an end.