In the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés

The new Savoirs Enluminés seem to be quite controversial, a few liked them but privately I got many mails saying that the watches were really too much and not appealing!! 

That my friends I could not understand as I have rarely been as excited for a metiers d'Art model since the Masks in 2008!!

But most did say that it was due to the photos and by posting live scans I hope you will see the amazing depth and work in these watches

There is not a single Metiers d'Art model I can find fault with, all are perfectly executed with indeniable talent, dexterity and craftsmanship but the Savoirs Enluminés has all this and something more: Mojo!! Yes you know, the little extra je ne sais quoi that makes Austin Powers look sexy cheeky

I will not go into the details of the Aberdeed Bestiary, a book from the 12th century whose illustrations of mythical creatures have inspired the dials as you can read about it here

The Savoirs Enluminés are 3 watches in white gold (40mm x 49.4mm and 10.30mm thick) each limited to 20 pieces. This is anot a set, each watch can be purchased individually.

On the left side of the dial the mythical creatures are pained in miniature enamel, the background is surprisingly also enamel but made to look like gold leaf!

On the right hand side the dial os on 3 different levels of.... 0.15mm thickness! The base has a sanblasted effect, upn the base the letters (extracts from the book) are stamped and diamond polished and upon that is the minutes sector.

The movement is the now inhouse Cal 1120 (with Geneva Seal) and a wandering hour rotating saphire disc module

The "Caper" is a blue goat, representing earth and endowded with sound judgement

In the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés

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The "Aliton" is a seabird linked to water, building its nest on the seas, no matter what the weather and symbolising serenity

In the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés

In the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs EnluminésIn the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs EnluminésIn the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs EnluminésIn the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés

 

The last model is the "Vultures", adorned with two fowl back to back - their bodies form a circle and symbolise infinity and longevity

In the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs EnluminésIn the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés

In the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs EnluminésIn the flesh scans of the Metiers d'Art Savoirs Enluminés

 

And to the question if funds were not an issue would i buy one the answer is a resonnating yes, all 3 in fact!!!!

Mesmering
04/16/2015 - 17:23

Don't believe someone really did find these masterpieces not appealing.

I've never had the chance to see one live, I think I would faint.

If this is not what watchmaking is all about, I don't know what it is, especially these days when mechanical engineering is just so much easier to develop than in the past.

Metiers d'Art is a lifeline thrown to the rescue of the old savoir faire and craftmanship the industry alas is slowly losing.

Thanks Alex for these amazing pictures.

Your real life pictures are much better than the official PR photos!
04/17/2015 - 03:55

Thanks for sharing them...so very jealous that you get to model them on your wrist.  smiley

I find them appealing; but I love the alternative time display concept on
04/17/2015 - 17:19

this one a lot. Now if only VC would create a non-MDA piece utilising this movement it would be a winner.

I really do like these...
04/20/2015 - 14:53

I agree that the star wheel movement is really the show stopper here, but I do love the pieces.  I continue to think that the case shape is a great match to the movement and that the designers did an amazing job.  I especially love the detail of the engraved lettering on the "bottommost plate" of the dial.  One of the details I missed on the PR photos was the beautiful "nebulous" effect of the gold on the "topmost plate" of the dial.  Gorgeous, and adds a level of depth and sophistication to the watch.

By the way, Alex.  If you had waited 20 minutes, you could have given us a textbook 10:10 photo... not sure if that really matters with this movement, but still... traditions are traditions, no?

I was so mesmerized by the watch that I didn't look at the time :-)
04/20/2015 - 16:54

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