Personally Touching The Real Beauty Of A Mechanical Watch

Take the watch in your hand, listen, watch and experience. The polished touch, the ticking sound when the movement is moving, the force that the spring returns to the hand when the manual winding is performed, the lines at different angles under the light, the various small parts at the crown, and finally the watch is even disassembled. Look at the pendulum during operation … Only after experiencing it one by one, can I know the temperament and nature of this watch.
    In Plato’s The Dreamland, a cave is described. The man here was born in a cave, his hands and feet were tied, his body and head could not be moved. The wall in front of him was behind him, and there was a firelight behind him. The fire light projected the lives of people outside on the walls of the cave, so the people in the cave thought that the shaking image on the wall was real. And Plato believes that ‘this cave is our world.’ Everyone wants to pursue the truth, but because of their own limitations, they often can only live in a self-cognitive world, which must not be an objective and real world. Especially in the present era, we are too easily disturbed by many misinformation, blinded by our feelings, and gradually begin to choose to believe in a false beauty, and like the people in the cave, think that this is the whole of the world. And Susan Sontag believes in ‘On Photography’, ‘Today, humans are incurably left in Plato’s caves. The old habits have not changed, and they are still intoxicated in the images that are not the reality itself, but only the reality. . ‘
     Compared to the pictures, the personal contact must be true. Watch in your hand, listen, watch, and experience. The polished touch, the ticking sound when the movement is moving, the force that the spring returns to the hand when the manual winding is performed, the lines at different angles under the light, the various small parts at the crown, and finally the watch is even disassembled. Look at the pendulum during operation … Only after experiencing it one by one, can I know the temperament and nature of this watch.
     Next, if you have the opportunity, you can enter the watch factory and see for yourself how a complex watch movement is assembled from hundreds of parts, or how many steps are required to make an enamel dial. And only in the Swiss Jura Valley, which has been closed by heavy snow for half a year, will you know why Swiss watchmakers can spend more than 2,000 hours patiently and polish hundreds of parts on a watch .
    Compared to perfection, there are disadvantages and it is also true. In 1965, the quartz watch invented by the Japanese once brought the Swiss watchmaking industry into an unprecedented crisis. Quartz watches are extremely cheap to make and are more accurate than any expensive mechanical watch. As a result, the Swiss watch manufacturing industry failed, many traditional mechanical watch brands went bankrupt, and the Swiss watch industry was on the verge of demise. Quartz watches set off a wave of sweeping the world, but when it really began to flood, people began to miss the ticking chain sound of mechanical watches and the joy of manual. Just like Lycra cameras and vinyl records, classic or not, it needs to be compared with its alternatives. As a result, people have unearthed the beauty of quartz watches from seemingly obsolete, backward mechanical watches. And always need maintenance, not so perfect, has become the greatest pleasure of wearing a watch.
     In fact, the beauty of watches is ubiquitous. They exist in the polished ‘moist as jade’ casing; in the hollowed-out watch ‘the pattern of shadows superimposed on each other’, and in hundreds of parts. Among the precise mechanical logic that works. Of course, this requires mobilizing one’s five senses to dig and experience.

A Piece Of Exciting Fashion Artwork

Count Piaget is a masterpiece of art. Each watch has a unique and elegant character. Each diamond of the watch is carefully carved and combines intelligence, aesthetics and delicate skills. , Has created an exciting piece of fashion art.
Mysterious clock, 18K yellow gold, set with 1344 diamonds (approximately 12.35 carats), 9P ultra-thin manual winding movement, 1965
Mystery watch, 18K yellow gold, tiger eye dial, 9P ultra-thin manual winding movement, 1972
Mystery watch, 18K yellow gold, tiger eye dial, 9P ultra-thin manual winding movement, 1972
Mysterious watch, set with 39 diamonds, hand-wound movement, 1944
Mystery watch, 18K rose gold, set with 39 diamonds, hand-wound movement, 1944

2015 Basel Watch Show: Hermes Hermès Jiuguyao On The Wrist

Hermès takes us deep into the Japanese tradition and enjoys more than a thousand years of festivals under the shade of cherry blossoms: Koma Kurabe, a famous horse racing event in Japan. The Slim d’Hermè s Koma Kurabe watch is decorated with a ceramic dial. Through 12 unique dial patterns with different details, it reproduces this annual event held at the Kyoto Kamigamo Shrine (built 678 AD) Horse racing activities. People from all over the country and towns flock here to pray for peace and good harvest, while watching the beautiful scenery of horses and spring days.

Slim d’ Hermè s Koma Kurabe watch with Japanese ceramics combined with French ceramics

Like a real travel invitation, this unique watch piece is the first time that the watch industry combined French Aka-e painting art with French ceramics, and was written by the art master Buzan Fukushima. It all started at the Sè vres workshop in the outskirts of Paris. Sè vres is Europe’s main ceramics production center with a history of more than three centuries.

Ceramic dials painted by art master Fukushima Takeyama

The craftsman pours barbotine (porcelain grout, grout, slurry, or slip) on a gypsum substrate, which absorbs water and retains only porcelain clay. The artisan placed the clay on a metal base and cut it to the required size, then air-dried for several days. The next step is the so-called ‘plain firing’ procedure, which hangs the perforated rimmed porcelain plate in a high-temperature furnace and bakes it, followed by a thorough grinding procedure to remove any particle defects on the surface. After that, the glazing process is carried out. The craftsman needs to apply four to six layers of colorless glaze. Each layer is baked and repeated four to six times. Finally, the bisque plate was cut into one dial after another.

Slim d’ Hermè s Koma Kurabe watch with Hermès H1950 ultra-thin self-winding movement, limited to 12 pieces

Akabara elaborated the art in Japan in the 19th century. The hand-made ceramic dial is in the hands of the master Fukuyama Takeshima, and it becomes a superb masterpiece of art. He is one of the few artisans who still practice the technique of fine painting in Japan. The master who vigorously advocated the traditional ceramic painting art of Kutani-yaki in Ishikawa Prefecture skillfully wielded the animation pen to create a delicate layer of red and ochre, and finally received a fine gold coating. The dial needs to go through three baking processes before the pattern can be fixed to present this dreamlike Japanese classic style. The master drew this dream-like scene on the dial for the first time, carefully creating for Hermes watches. On weekdays, he is accustomed to performing fine paintings on larger objects such as vases or saucers.

Slim d’ Hermè s La femme aux semelles de vent watch, limited to 12 pieces