The above-mentioned video equally constituted our first “meeting” with skeletonized watches. Unsurprisingly, this encounter proved to be a natural match for us: combining our artistic talents with the watchmaking craftsmanship in a perfect symbiosis of “beauty and mechanical art” to use Mr.Preziouso’s words.
We believe that skeletonized timepieces are the most suitable “canvas” for displaying our art, the exactitude and rigor of our craft. Even more importantly, we feel that it is the optimal means for sharing our passion with our customers: the heart of the mechanical watch is pulsating right in front of one’s eyes, revealing the deep core of our work in a welcoming way.
Our beginnings in the world of horology were far from easy though, given that we are both positioned outside of the watchmaking mainstream and outside of its geographic cradle. With no direct access to its movers and shakers, but with the investment of time and dedication joined by kind help from a handful of dedicated “fans” who opened professional doors for us, we were able to change our initial cadence from baby steps into leaps. The development of our enterprise has then followed a steady albeit moderate pace for different concurring reasons.
First of all, we have taken the time necessary to perfect our horologic savoir-faire, learning a lot by doing along the way- the only way to make things right in our perception. We have dedicated all our efforts into refining our watchmaking craft and carving out our own tools and components in order to express our creative potential to its fullest. This is essentially a never-ending endeavor, as with every new challenge and every new order for a bespoke watch, a new opportunity arises for us to learn and find original solutions. Paired with our constant effort for improvement, we are naturally led to be truly independent in more and more tasks.
Beginning with simply assembling different pre-fabricated watch parts, decorating them and setting the timepieces, we moved through finishing and customization of the watch components up to their in-house realization. Today, we are proud to design and manufacture our proprietary balance wheels, bridges, screws, hands, cases, strap buckles, and counting ... resulting in enhanced quality and uniqueness of our end product.
Concerning the calibers, the fundamental essence of a watch, we have opted to work with the best quality of course from the start – Swiss-made movements. Unitas base calibers at first as they proved most fitting for purposes of skeletonizing. Later on, we were honored the opportunity to meet with Mr. Christophe Claret and partner with him on our first Tourbillon timepieces. His amicable approach was instrumental in the development of our pursuit, reaching a new level of sophistication with the skeletonizing of his fine watchmaking complications.
Last but not least, we keep it an integral part of our philosophy to strive for ultimate perfection in our personal choice of materials, refined design as well as meticulous execution, whichall require enormous amount of hours spent with utmost care and absolute concentration (approximately 300 - 800 hours per timepiece). This is our consciously chosen priority and the reasons why we are currently realizing under 10 pieces of bespoke handmade watches per year.