Art comes in however many structures as there are craftsmen, anyway there isn’t a lot of craftsmanship that that packs as much into a particularly satisfying package as Romain Gauthier’s Logical One Secret Kakau Höfke. Also, that’s not simply my assessment as it has as of late been pre-chosen as one of the main six watches in the Artistic Craft classification of the 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève .
The “Kakau Höfke” watch utilizes one of the world’s best watches as a “material” for the craftsmanship of two eminent specialists, Kakau Höfke and Olivier Vaucher, who work in altogether different fields and even on various continents.
The mind boggling complex and specialized innovativeness in the honor winning Logical One ought to be notable, particularly after it was granted first prize in the Complicated Watch class at the lofty 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève . Nonetheless, the idea driving the Logical One Secret variety contrasts marginally: it is intended to address a fresh start for fine art restricted exclusively by the imagination.
Logical One Secret
To make Logical One Secret, Gauthier has fundamentally taken the open-dialed steady power watch that is Logical One and shut it by applying a pivoted cover. This cover, flaunting an opening so the time is consistently noticeable, is opened by a watchful pusher set into the case band at 4 o’clock, permitting enthusiasm for the highest point of the development. Also, what a fabulous development it is.
One thing to note about the sapphire gem of Logical One Secret is that the top is somewhat bended instead of level. This implies that the cover is additionally somewhat bended so it reliably follows the lines of the gem. This will become significant as we get familiar with the usage of the art.
Before taking a gander at the work of art, it’s worth recapping what makes Logical One so uncommon. Steady power is the sacred goal of exactness timekeeping in light of the fact that, as opposed to a liter of petroleum (which contains a similar energy whether the gas tank is full or almost vacant), there is an enormous contrast in the force yield of the fountainhead between completely twisted and wound down.
Precision in a watch relies upon having totally ordinary (isochronal) yield from the equilibrium, and that is troublesome when the force input fluctuates continually. With Logical One, Gauthier rethought the chain and fusee, which is an old instrument developed to give steady power. Gauthier improved it by supplanting the fusee with a snail cam and building up a considerably more vigorous chain with low-contact sapphire links.
Other advancements on Logical One remember sapphire gem components for the fountainhead barrel to additionally decrease rubbing and improve steady power; push twisting rather than a crown for improved power transmission; and Gauthier’s own escapement anchor as a triangle for improved rigidity.
Kakau Höfke is a Brazilian craftsman from Rio de Janeiro known for fusing the shocking scenes and rich visual woven artwork of her old neighborhood and its environmental factors into her specialty. While New Yorkers may have seen Höfke’s Brazilian-themed shopping sacks for Macy’s retail chain, watch fans will have (unconsciously) seen her work each time they take a gander at the Romain Gauthier logo, which she likewise designed.
“My imaginative motivation is the adoration I have for my old neighborhood,” she says. “My work depends on the mountains and the promenades of Ipanema and Copacabana, which are symbols of Rio. The most popular mountain is Corcovado, which you can see from essentially anyplace in the city. It rises above religion – it is the image of the city. The promenades also have become referred to worldwide as an image of Rio.”
Höfke was brought into the world in 1967 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She moved to Europe when she was 16, first completing secondary school at that point reading for a very long time in Paris at the Parsons School of Design. On graduating, Höfke instructed silk painting in Morocco and accomplished plan work in Portugal and France.
In 1992, she got back to Rio where she labored for a very long time with plan and publicizing offices. Nonetheless, Höfke began to feel that her innovativeness was being limited and she and got back to painting full-time. Throughout the long term Höfke built up an eccentric pop craftsmanship approach, melding expressive arts with computer illustrations to make her beautiful style observing Rio de Janeiro.
Höfke is a long-term companion of the Gauthiers, who consistently spend their days off in Brazil. So the craftsman was a characteristic decision to make an uncommon one of a kind piece Logical One Secret.
“Undeniably, Rio de Janeiro remains as a cherished memory to me,” Gauthier clarifies. “The variety and extravagance of its kin – the Cariocas – combined with the wonderful, sensational cityscape never stops to captivate me. There could be no other spot like it in the world.”
Christ the Redeemer on a watch!
No, “Christ the Redeemer on a watch” isn’t another horological interjection, yet rather a precise portrayal of the Logical One Secret Kakau Höfke.
Christ the Redeemer is a 30-meter (98-foot) sculpture overshadowing Rio de Janeiro on the Corcovado mountain with its arms spread welcomingly wide. It has become a notorious image of both Rio and Brazil.
For Höfke, Christ the Redeemer was the ideal subject for this Logical One Secret.
“I was excited when Romain proposed to include my fine art on one of his watches. It was practically dreamlike. I realize how hard he has attempted to make haute horlogerie of the greatest level, thus to now have an influence in his experience was a genuine honor.”
Höfke generally chips away at a bigger scope than wristwatches, so she painted the theme utilizing acrylic on material, and this was utilized as a format for downsizing to wrist size. The artwork portrays Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain in light blue on the lower half of the material, over an example roused by the promenade (calçada) lining Ipanema beach.
Höfke’s unique painting will likewise go to the fortunate purchaser of the watch as it accompanies the Logical One Secret Kakau Höfke as a bundle deal.
Scaling down with miniature marquetry
Gauthier might have picked any of various small artistic creation and plating methods to downsize the canvas; notwithstanding, he settled on one of the most troublesome and tedious to acknowledge: miniature marquetry.
Micro-marquetry is a method gotten from stone marquetry, and Olivier Vaucher and his group of craftsmans in Geneva are bosses of the art.
For Logical One Secret Kakau Höfke, Vaucher and his group made and hand-applied 352 mirror-cleaned small jade and agate tiles, each just one or two millimeters in length and just 0.5 millimeters thick.
It required over a quarter of a year for Vaucher and his group to complete the watch-sized cover and the subdials for the hours/minutes and seconds.
To appreciate why this cycle is so requesting and tedious, it’s worth going into in a smidgen more detail.
Firstly, the entire cover – including under the blue Corcovado area – is shrouded in miniscule light and dull tiles cut from a similar lavender jade stone to shape the Ipanema promenade pattern.
Then little blue agate tiles, so flimsy as to be clear, cover the basic example to make the ethereal sky blue type of Christ the Redeemer on top of Corcovado mountain.
Now that may not appear to be excessively hard to the rocker craftsman, yet closer review uncovers that the top surface of the tiles is smooth, implying that the blue layer is at a similar tallness as the rest. This was accomplished by etching the area all the more profoundly that gets the second layer of blue tiles so the twofold layer shows up no thicker.
Marquetry versus mosaic
The distinction among marquetry and mosaic is miniscule. To summarize it in a word, this distinction is grout. Mosaic works generally have holes between the tiles that are loaded up with grout, while marquetry tiles are flush with one another and show no gaps.
Imagine that briefly: 352 unpredictably molded tiles fastidiously cut and applied so that there are no noticeable holes anywhere.
Now recall that the cover on the Logical One is bended so it intently follows the lines of the sapphire precious stone under. In the event that you apply straight-slice tiles to an in an arched manner bended surface, holes show up between each tile.
So for Logical One Secret Kakau Höfke, Vaucher needed to cut the edges of every single little tile at an exact 70-degree point so when two tiles adjoin on the bended cover there are no noticeable gaps.
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For more data, please visit www.kakauhofke.com and www.romaingauthier.com/logical-one-secret.
Movement: in-house produce development with consistent power, push winding, sapphire connection chain, 46-hour power hold, incredibly significant degree of hand-wrapping up
Case: 43 x 15 mm, 18-karat white gold, water safe 30 m
Cover and dial: stone miniature marquetry transformation of Kakau Höfke’s Rio de Janeiro fine art on white gold cover and subdials, 270 lavender jade tiles in addition to 82 blue agate tiles, laser-cut, reflect cleaned and hand-fitted
Capacities: hours, minutes, little seconds; 46-hour power hold pointer
Restriction: remarkable piece
Cost: 225,000 Swiss francs