Zenith 150 Years

Celebrating 150 years of Zenith Watches in the world.

Together with iW Magazine I created a series of illustrations celebrating the grand milestone of 150 years of manufacture.

Zenith, 150 years

Starting with founder Georges Favre Jacot.

Zenith, El Primero

Moving on to the original El Primero.

Zenith and Hennessey

Getting fancy with Hennessey and the Elite 6150.

Zenith, El Primero

Enjoying an adrenaline rush with the El Primero Sport.

Zenith, Pilot

And finally celebrating the storied and significant Zenith Pilot Extra Special watch.

 

Each illustration is featured in the iW Magazine print edition.


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Artisanal Hermes

A look at the Hermes Artisan crafts in watchmaking with iW Magazine.

Millefiori Watch

Hermes millefiori watch

Millefiori

Millefiori

'1 Thousand Flowers.' Millefiori is a technique in glassworking which creates unique patterns in Glasswear designs. 

 

Enameling

Hermes Enamel

Enameling is the process of adhering powdered glass to another surface. This specific technique is Cloisonné Enameling, where raised metal barriers are used to separate individual sections of enamel.

 

Marquetry

Hermes Marquetry

Marquetry is creating decorative patterns with pieces of veneer, specifically straw veneer in the Hermés designs.

 

Engraving

Hermes Engraving

Engraving is the act of carving a surface and reducing it's raised sections to a decorative design.

 

Porcelain

Hermes Porcelain

Porcelain is a specific type of ceramic heated at extremely high temperatures and often characterized by a translucent quality. The Hermés porcelain dials are also hand painted.

 

Saddle Stitching

Hermes Saddle Stitch

Saddle Stitching is a staple of the Hermés repertoire.  Perfected by founder Thierry Hermés in the 1800's and still used in the leather work of the company to this day.

 

Setting

Hermes Jewel Setting

Setting is the process of hand placing the jewels that adorn the body of an Hermés watch.

 

Read more at iW Magazine


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Longines: Military COSD

Longines Watercolour Watch Project.

Longines Heritage Military Watch

The Longines Heritage Military COSD watch was launched at Baselworld 2015, but didn't get rolled out until this month, October 2015. It's been some time since Baselworld, since I painted this piece for the Watercolour Watch Project in collaboration with Time+Tide Watches. I now present to you, Longinges Military Heritage, 2015.

Longines Military on the wrist

Based on a piece of equipment used by the British Special Forces during the 1940s, and marked with the COSD label to identify it as produced for the Combined Operations Command. Longines has once again reached back into its history to produce beautiful works of art for the wrist.

Longines Military Crown

From the utilitarian design, the luminova hands to the green khaki nato strap the watch exists as a tribute to it's original design as a useful tool for the soldier. I imagine that if the date window existed back in the 40's it might have been included on the watch. No one wanted to advance from the trenches a day early, or a day late.

Longines Military dial

The case sits neatly at 40mm. The Caliber is an L619, Self winding mechanical movement beating at 28'800 vibrations per hours and providing 42 hours of power reserve.

See the Military COSD on the Longines website.


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Vortic Watches: American Made

Vote Vortic Watches in the Martha Stewart, American Made contest to help them win $10K.

Vortic Watches is a new American Made watch company. Less than a year old but still filled with over a century of American history.

Vortic converts antique, American made, railroad-era pocket watches into 100% Made in USA, one-of-a-kind wristwatches using 3D printed steel. And you have a chance to help them grow.

Click the sketch below to vote for Vortic Watches.

When R.T. first contacted me I pulled up the Vortic website and mulled over the concept for a day. The more I thought about it, the more I fell in love with the idea.

Your Great Grandfather, or Great Great Grandfather could have owned one of these pocket watches and Vortic is giving us the opportunity to use them again, to wear them on our wrists, to take history with us as we continually push toward the future.

If you haven't yet, click this link to vote for Vortic in the Martha Stewart, American Made contest.

Vortic Watches timepiece

Less than a year old and I cannot wait to see what Vortic has in store for future American Made wrist watches.

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Hanhart Pioneer Monocontrol 2

the Hanhart Pioneer Monocontrol fashion illustration

Hanhart.com

MOVEMENT
Automatic chronograph movement HAN3911 (bicompax), increased crown-to-button spacing and single-button conversion, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz, 28 jewels, rotor with a skeletonised Hanhart logo, power reserve of min. 42 hours

FUNCTIONS
Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, date display at 6 o’clock

CASE
Stainless steel, red button, fluted, bidirectional rotating bezel with red marking, convex sapphire glass, anti-reflective on both sides, screwed-down case back, diameter 42 mm, height 15 mm, water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m

DIAL
Black, with Super-LumiNova®-coated luminous numerals and hands

STRAP
Calfskin with riveting, brown or black, pin buckle made from stainless steel

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Hanhart Pioneer Monocontrol 1

Hanhart

The Painting

the Hanhart Pioneer Monocontrol fashion illustration

The Process

part 1 Hanhart Pioneer Monocontrol
part 2 Pioneer Monocontrol
part 3 Hanhart Pioneer Monocontrol
part 4 Hanhart Pioneer Monocontrol
part 5 Hanhart Pioneer Monocontrol

MOVEMENT
Automatic chronograph movement HAN3911 (bicompax), increased crown-to-button spacing and single-button conversion, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz, 28 jewels, rotor with a skeletonised Hanhart logo, power reserve of min. 42 hours

FUNCTIONS
Small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, date display at 6 o’clock

CASE
Stainless steel, red button, fluted, bidirectional rotating bezel with red marking, convex sapphire glass, anti-reflective on both sides, screwed-down case back, diameter 42 mm, height 15 mm, water-resistant to 10 bar/100 m

DIAL
Black, with Super-LumiNova®-coated luminous numerals and hands

STRAP
Calfskin with riveting, brown or black, pin buckle made from stainless steel

GLOVES
Fratelli Orsini
 

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Hanhart

From D-Day to the Watches Project

This Hanhart Military watch was commissioned by Joe Savage.

I asked him about the story of the watch and all he gave me was this link from the Daily Mail. Honestly I thought it was a bit lazy but as I began reading I was immediately intrigued.

The account told here is taken directly from the article in the Daily Mail written by Mark Duell.

The premise of the article was looking at four German Military watches that were being placed at auction.

My father was an RAF intelligence officer and his job was to interrogate German airmen who had been captured.

He spoke German and pressed the men for worthwhile information such as the equipment the Luftwaffe were using.

He had to search them and one prisoner had his watch wrapped around something that wasn’t his wrist because he was so desperate not to lose it.

My father ended up having it and kept it as a souvenir or as part of the spoils of war. When my father died over 20 years ago we had a clear out of his things and acquired his four watches.’

Auctioneer Richard Bromell said,

‘The vendor’s father, from Manchester, was of Dutch origin and spoke fluent French, German, Dutch, and towards the end of the Second World War Russian too.’

‘As an officer in the RAF, and as a linguist, he is believed to have worked in MI19, the division formed from MI9 as the enemy prisoner of war interrogation department.

‘He arrived in France 11 days after the D-Day landings and interviewed rounded up German prisoners, which is when it is believed he “acquired” these four Luftwaffe pilots’ watches.’

The vendor, who is from the Somerset area, said,

‘If you wind them up they do start to tick but they would need to be repaired as they haven’t been properly used for 70 years. These watches have been locked up in a drawer for many years.

You can’t go on hoarding things forever and I don’t have any romantic association with them, so I think it is best to pass them on.’

Mr Bromell, of auctioneers Charterhouse in Sherborne, Dorset, which is selling the watches, said,

‘They are four high quality wristwatches used by German pilots and navigators in the war.

They need some work doing to them to get them going again. However, with all the watches being quite similar the vendor isn’t sure which one was recovered from the PoW’s underpants.’

The owner’s father worked in Lloyds Bank before the war, and after it had ended he joined the family business which supplied animal feeds.

To read the original article and see photographs of the four German watches that were at auction then click HERE.

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Eterna Vintage

This Eterna watch commissioned by Cyrux.

When I asked Cyrux to tell me a story about his Eterna this is what he had to say,

'It is an Eterna that my Grandfather purchased during his first business trip abroad in the 60's. It has never been serviced and nothing has been replaced. It's all original and I love the fact that it's scratched and cracked.

My Grandfather gave it to my dad and my dad gave it to me when I moved to Australia in 2003. 

It is not worth much but it's very sentimental to me. I thank you for doing the painting for me so that I can share it with others when they come and visit.'

The aging and wearing was important for Cyrux. It was made clear to me that the crack over 11 and the scratch over 3 be made apparent.

Cyrux and I share a love of story. Every watch has a story. Every watch has something to share with it's owner, whether it is newly manufactured or has been through a war, or is simply being passed from father to son.

I love watches like this Eterna. One where the price doesn't matter.

It could have been a $30,000 watch and with the same story and I would have loved it the same.

Watches passed down through the generations maintain a value that is simply priceless. It could be sold at auction but no amount would do history the justice it deserves.

 

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