Ich freue mich sehr, Ihnen liebe Uhrenfreunde, eine weitere Kollektion einer großen Uhrmacherkunst präsentieren zu dürfen.
Ein großer Künstler und einer der besten Graveure unserer Zeit, der jedes Jahr nur eine sehr geringe Anzahl künstlerische Armbanduhren in reiner Handarbeit anfertigt.
Die handgefertigten Einzelstücke, welche ich die Ehre habe hier zeigen zu dürfen, kämen in etwa 2 Monaten zur Auslieferung.
Einzeln handgefertigte Modelle, die nach Kundenwunsch angefertigt werden können, benötigen etwa ein Jahr für die Fertigstellung.
Movement: manual-wound tourbillon (6 o'clock position)
Organic skeleton by hand, oxidized
72 h power reserve
Case: 925 argentium (silver with germanium), brushed matte finish
sapphire crystal both sides with double anti-reflection treatment
Strap: black alligator leather
solid silver buckle
Hands: Hour-hand: red gold / Minute-hand: white gold
Pictures: Kees Engelbarts
Option: In 18kt. Rosegold: 172.500 € inkl.Mwst.
I am very pleased, dear watch friends, to be able to present another collection of great watchmaking art.
A great artist and one of the best engravers of our time, making only a very small number of artistic wristwatches entirely by hand each year.
The handmade individual pieces, which I have the honor to show here, would be delivered in about 2 months.
Individually handcrafted models that can be custom made take about a year to complete.
Argentium Tourbillon – Pièce Unique – Kees Engelbarts
A few years ago I've started making organic skeleton movements. Classical skeleton movements are almost always symmetric and precise and therefore a little boring in my humble opinion. Since I'm not a watchmaker, but and engraver who makes watches, I permit myself another approach. This means that I work more like a sculptor and not so much as a pure technician. I like playing with shapes and the idea of the organic skeleton watches is to create a contrast between the pure technical horological elements on one side and the organic shapes (bridges and main-plate) on the other side.
When starting a project like this I don't have a drawing or a technical plan. The rough outlines are drawn on the main-plate and bridges with a marker to see which parts of the movement are essential and which parts are not needed. Of course one has to think about overall stability of the parts. I then start to cut away roughly and little by little come to the final shape. Once I obtained the final shapes the finshing and smoothing starts. Finally the main plate and bridges (who are made of german silver) are oxidized.
The 39.5 mm case is made out of 935 Argentium, a silver alloy that uses germanium instead of copper and therefore doesn't oxidize or tarnish like "normal" sterling silver. The case has first been thermically hardened and then brushed, I don't like polishing my cases because polished surface don't stay polished very long. I like to see my watch-cases as frames for the art-work inside the watch t.i. the dial and movement decoration. Overall thickness of the finished watch is 9.5 mm. It has anti-reflection sapphire crystals on both-sides.
The movement is a hand-wound tourbillon, Swiss made, 23 rubies, beating at 21'600 Alt/h and has 72h of autonomy.