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
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
The "Aliton" is a seabird linked to water, building its nest on the seas, no matter what the weather and symbolising serenity
The last model is the "Vultures", adorned with two fowl back to back - their bodies form a circle and symbolise infinity and longevity
And to the question if funds were not an issue would i buy one the answer is a resonnating yes, all 3 in fact!!!!