|André Chéca - Christophe Claret Movement - 2009|
My favorite timepiece is the 2009 furry green rock watch which looks like it has grown in an exotic garden rather than crafted in a workshop. But this watch is not a mere novelty with a cheap movement, on the contrary, the watch is actually of exceptional watch making quality and design utilizing first class materials. The movement is the work of a highly regarded watchmaker – Christophe Claret. The beautiful skeletonized dial incorporates a tourbillon requiring great watch making expertise. The inner bezel is paved with exquisite high quality hand picked diamonds. The green mossy looking watch case is oxidized bronze and the strap is green dyed mink fur. The watch - a unique piece - was displayed at 2009's Belles Montres.
|Romain Jerome Titanic and Moon Series 2009|
|André Chéca Belles Montres 2008|
|André Chéca Kaar Ours 2009|
In the last watch - The Kaar Ours, André Chéca creates a timepiece, which seems to resemble the crude stone instruments used by cave dwellers in a by gone era or an ancient tablet. The “sculpture of time” is a bronze casing which protects a hand chiseled movement visible via a sapphire crystal case back. The band is gulachet or stingray skin. The movement is not set in stone, and is visible via a Sapphire crystal case back.
André Chéca (Born May 23rd, 1951) studied the art of watchmaking at the Ecole d’Horlogerie de Marseille (1967-1970) graduating first in his class. He learned the art of engraving by hand. He sees his work as pieces of art, which serves the function of displaying the time.