Fée Ondine Automaton by Van Cleef & Arpels

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François Junod not only gives life to a fairy, a flower and a butterfly, but also to the undulating movements of the water lily leaf. Working in an atelier in Sainte-Croix, Junod and his team designed and crafted an automaton movement that includes a large going barrel, fly governor, fusée-and-chain wound via a pinion and contrate wheel driving a large brass wheel and mounted on the arbour above the complicated pierced and notched cams. Pistons, circular bellows, and a system of chains drive the numerous movements during activation… More at timezone.

That is beautiful.

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