“I have been flying in a hot air balloon for years.I love the feeling this experience provides, literally floating and dancing in the air. Discovering the landscape at my fingertips is very gratifying since I am the one to play with the air using gravity. I often like to say I am a craftsman of the wind. A place I adore to see from the sky is Lake Caumasee. I am a watch collector and on one of my flights, I wore one of my Patek Philippe® watches. I vividly remember this special flight because of the emotion submerging me when seeing the sun shine reflecting and playing with the woods ,the lake and the sky. I was alone in the world. Looking at my watch the Aquanaut® model brought me back to reality time was passing, the wind changing and I had to return.”M S.J
Our client decided to request Artisans services to have his watch personalized to be like when he is flying with his balloon the craftsman in charge. Ultimately he wanted to feel the emotion he felt over the Caumasee Lake. He named his project “Caumasee”.
To express our client emotion we had to use a myriad of artisans. How to express the feeling of our client when feeling a beam of light on a landscape? First by hand polishing and circular graining each piece of the 324 caliber to bring light and shine to the movement. The plate embodies the dazzling blue of lake Cauma and its changing colors. The hammering by hand, a time consuming exercise requesting a rare know-how, and inspired by galuchat sking gives a unique depth to the plate. Each strike requires a constant pressure and a specific touch enhancing the brilliance and strength of the yellow gold with the softness of the almond blue.
Our client had deep down a unique emotion partly because of his imperfect recollection of the colors morphing as the light was dimming during his flight. Hours were dedicated to mixing and choosing colors he had in his mind and heart; his choice a royal ebony combining rose gold hues enhanced by a delicate almond blue. A unique palette of colors, reminiscent of autumnal flight over the Cauma lake.
A memory in particular of a moment is by nature personal to the one that lived the moment. To connect our client to the souvenir that is embedded in him, we needed to show the splendor of the 324 caliber. Entirely skeletonized, each bridge is beveled by hand, and circular grained.The balance bridge, our signature, is made from a block of stainless steel. The brushed finish requires dexterity and a meticulous technique, as well as time and patience, to achieve brilliance and that unmistakable mirror finish. As for the plate, it has been meticulously crafted for hours.
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