A Hero’s Journey Begins And Ends: Naissance d’Une Montre, Le Garde Temps | Quill & Pad

A Hero’s Journey Begins And Ends: Naissance d’Une Montre, Le Garde Temps | Quill & Pad

Epic ventures should end. All excellent undertakings arrive at a resolution. Furthermore, every extraordinary second will finish in a calm snapshot of acknowledgment that you have arrived at a point where there is no place else to go aside from home.

This is the legend’s mysterious, one that solitary the saint at any point really comprehends and one that the saint should bear alone. At the point when The Lord of the Ring’s Frodo at last obliterates the ring of force, he realizes that the world has changed for him and that he should locate another path.

This is the end numerous epic tales experience, in any event ones that show the side of excruciating truth to the gallant quest.

While I may never save the system from the clouded side or rout the most remarkable wizard ever, I have encountered, though momentarily, the fleeting bliss and possible comprehension of completion and the relentless walk of time.

No matter how incredible an accomplishment, the universe moves consistently forward and a great experience becomes a second in the past.

Philippe Dufour and Michel Boulanger talking about the Naissance d’une Montre project in 2014

For this explanation, for the vast majority of us the following experience is generally not very a long way away. After laborious and debilitating preliminaries of ability and mind over numerous long stretches of one’s life, at times the best way is the one with new challenges and goals.

This is particularly obvious on the off chance that you are a watchmaker entrusted with learning the entirety of the incredibly troublesome abilities of customary watchmaking in order to disseminate these abilities to the following ages for quite a long time to come.

This is the genuine story of Michel Boulanger and the finish of his first epic experience and the start of the following one.

This is the finish of the narrative of Naissance d’une Montre, Le Garde Temps .

Naissance d’Une Montre, Le Garde Temps at SIHH 2016

The watch

The Naissance d’une Montre watch has been in any event four years really taking shape, with tremendous measures of time put resources into educating, learning, rehearsing and investigating the way toward making a watch by hand, totally utilizing conventional methods.

Naissance d’Une Montre, Le Garde Temps at SIHH 2016

Basically, it has been four years of grief, frenzy, persistence, and the superb blooming of understanding.

Michel Boulanger analyzing a recently manufactured component

And now the watch is finished.

The component has been checked and demonstrated sound; development strategies have been consumed and idealized; and the eventual outcome is a delight to see. Its straightforwardness and cleanliness is something that is very elusive anyplace in the cutting edge world.

The first development model for Le Garde Temps

The Naissance d’une Montre watch is concluded (generally) and is underway and almost prepared for delivery.

With Robert Greubel, Stephen Forsey, and Philippe Dufour included, it should come as nothing unexpected that the fine completing alone has set aside an enormous measure of effort to accomplish in the mission for the absolute best outcomes possible while remaining consistent with the objectives of customary watchmaking.

Michel Boulanger, ace watchmaker and ordinarily an educator of watchmaking, has become an understudy again for the Le Garde Temps, Naissance d’une Montre project

The previously cased-up model development was appeared at SIHH 2015 and after a year at SIHH 2016 a completed (indeed, almost) watch was unveiled as plans for the following stages unfold.

The completing on the Naissance d’une Montre watch is, obviously, wonderful, however it comes up short on an intermittent lavish completions seen on numerous Greubel Forsey pieces, selecting rather for an all the more generally fitting arrangement of chronicled techniques.

Fine completes are totally executed wonderfully with impacted scaffold faces, cleaned slants, straight, round, and outspread graining, and even cleaned teeth on the entirety of the wheels.

Only the hands and a screw holding the tourbillon connect are blued, keeping the differentiation on the insignificant side. The tourbillon connect highlights a gold screw-mounted chaton. The wide scaffold is skeletonized for a superior perspective on the component and potentially to enable admittance to the watchmaker when directing the timing.

Like a Greubel Forsey development, the profundity made by the Naissance d’une Montre scaffolds and system is genuinely marvelous when combined with the direct decoration.

Naissance d’une Montre at SIHH 2016


One of the most intriguing parts of the watch is the marks you find on the dials and development. The names of the three “educators,” Greubel, Forsey, and Dufour, are situated on the primary time dial.

Why not Michel Boulanger, who played out all the work? Since his name is engraved into the actual development, directly under the tourbillon.

Historically, the development producer marked the development, not the dial, so this is a gesture to horological history and a great graphical detail that keeps visual interest wherever you look. Boulanger’s name likewise seems engraved on the rear of the case, alongside the name of the project.

No longer a model, the creation adaptation of Naissance d’Une Montre, Le Garde Temps in plain view at SIHH 2016

These aren’t the lone marks you will discover; nonetheless, the others should be reasoned as opposed to peruse. The mark styles of the organizers and the watchmaker are wherever in this development in the manner in which certain components are done, how they are molded, and how certain things were engineered.

The winding instrument and tightening click has Dufour composed on top of it, while the dials and the strong scaffolds feel very Greubel Forsey.

Boulanger hiself was the main thrust behind the tourbillon confine, going through a half year prototyping confines looking for the ideal plan propelled by style from over 200 years ago.

The eventual outcome of the Naissance d’une Montre is a mixture of the entirety of the characters in this epic excursion and the knowledge they bring to the table.

And the eventual outcome is stunning.

Naissance d’Une Montre, Le Garde Temps at SIHH 2016

The end is the beginning

With the last form of the watch completed, the primary experience is complete, yet another excursion starts with the challenging errand of making ten additional watches. The watch is settled, notwithstanding minor changes to complete applications and hand subtleties, so the subsequent stage is the creation of the eleven pieces, the sales of which will help store stages facilitating data gleaned from the abilities and methods sharpened during the project.

The first excursion makes ready for the following, etc; it is the ideal circle of epicness.

And epic it will be. Making ten of anything is a lot harder than making one. In all actuality, things should be possible in bunches saving arrangement time for every one of the ten pieces, however the development of ten indistinguishable (and usable) components generally results in any event twice as numerous parts being made and half tossed out because of little blunders, something that Boulanger has just experienced in the prototyping phase.

Thanks to help from Greubel Forsey’s Didier Cretin and Jean-François Erard, the development has been completely advanced for “creation”, alongside expanding component quality through apparently minute yet basic changes in accordance with shapes and dimensions.

As the way toward making the remainder of the watches starts, the group is as of now anticipating the experience to follow.

When the watches are made and conveyed to the exceptionally cheerful customers (the greater part of which are as of now represented), Michel Boulanger will at that point get back to his showing post and start to share all that he learned.

That is a great assignment in its own right.

Naissance d’Une Montre, Le Garde Temps at SIHH 2016

Taking four years of knowledge (in addition to the remainder of his considerable experience) and consolidating it into something effectively educated, sustained, and moved to another age is no simple accomplishment. The arrangements for this assignment started directly from the beginning as Boulanger − effectively an expert watchmaker, watchmaking educator, and experienced clock restorer − was simply starting his learning cycle in the Naissance d’une Montre project.

And the way toward sharing that data will be a consistently developing position as he learns seriously during the creation of the pieces.

Of course this is a long cycle, so there is an ideal opportunity to consider the extent of what is to come, however the sensation of incredible accomplishment likewise follows with each stage being completed.

Epic venture number one: learn conventional procedures alright to fabricate an excellent timepiece.

Epic venture number two: form a progression of the watch you intended available to be purchased and to more readily comprehend the cycles and strategies learned in the main epic journey.

Epic venture number three: take the entirety of the data gleaned from the initial two experiences and spread that knowledge like leaves in the breeze into each brain that will acknowledge it.

The first excursion is finished. It is unquestionably a period for reflection and understanding and for longing to start anew.

The second excursion starts the second Boulanger’s brain shapes the work and will proceed for a genuinely long time.

The third and (potentially) last excursion in this epic set of three is to live what he has learned and to spread it to receptive outlooks and capable hands.

What comes from that point onward, no one yet knows. I without a doubt, expect one day to discover out.

Naissance d’Une Montre, Le Garde Temps at SIHH 2016

For more data about the undertaking, please visit www.legardetemps-nm.org .

Quick Facts

Case: 45 x 15.1 mm, white gold

Development: hand-wound and completely hand-made; one-minute tourbillon

Capacities: hours, minutes, little seconds

Impediment: 11 pieces in white gold

Cost: 450,000 Swiss francs