Micro-painters go to incredible lengths to produce works of art It's impossible to think of Sarcar without remembering the staggering diamond count on the Royal Solitaire watch. This year, the brand that calls itself the 'Creator of Dreams' once again brings together its delicate artistry and love for diamonds with its new Carrousel World and Botania collections. 'It is important to reintroduce art into the world of watches,' said Maya Koenig, managing director of Sarcar. Indeed it is art, judging from her description of the work that goes into creating a Carrousel World watch. The collection features renowned sights and structures from around the world, including the Great Wall of China, Sydney Opera House, Statue of Liberty, Egyptian pyramids and Venice's Grand Canal complete with gondolas. One model, featuring the globe, tops off the World collection, and these famous scenes are painstakingly applied on the dial faces as miniature oil paintings. Ms Koenig said these micro-paintings were produced by a Russian painter and his company, which took its art form very seriously. The paintbrush used consists of a single hair split into half its width, and the painting process requires incredible precision and concentration. One of the painters even has to meditate to slow her heart rate, just so that she can paint with a steady hand. Before working on the painting, she also spends two hours training her visual sensitivity in preparation for the intricate work ahead. These stunning timepieces feature three substantial rotating diamonds as hour markers from 1o'clock to 3o'clock, complemented by a diamond-paved bezel and a black leather strap. The popular Colours of Life collection last year, with models showcasing each of the four seasons, makes way for the Botania collection. The new floral-inspired collection features a different flower on each of its four mother-of-pearl dials; namely the chrysanthemum, lily, rose and edelweiss. As with the Carrousel World collection, the dial face is kept unmarred by hour markers or other additions that might obscure the artwork. A leaf-like hour hand provides the finishing touch to the floral motif, and a diamond-bezel sets off the overall design. The amount of effort that went into creating these models spoke of the company's devotion to its customers, Ms Koenig said. Since the company was founded by Carlo Sarzano in Geneva in 1948, the family-owned business has been dedicated to meeting the needs and desires of their customers. The famous diamond-studded Solitaire collection was created in response to a customer's request, and Ms Koenig said that the company continued to strive for this kind of personalised service. In the words of Mr Sarzano, who died in 1974, the brand is 'large enough to be strong, small enough to be free'. His wife Paulette took over the management of the company. Ms Koenig said that this was where the company intended to stay. 'Unlike many big watch groups, Sarcar remains independent and free,' she said. 'We are a small niche product, and we like it that way.'