|André Chéca - Christophe Claret Movement - 2009 |
Although I haven't heard much from André Chéca since 2009, his watch designs are still raising an eyebrow or two. As time moves on and new timepieces flood the market, André Chéca's designs remain conspicuous in their uniqueness. As to their aesthetics, I feel no necessity for justification. Beauty is a personal perception.
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|
Basel World 2009, Romain Jerome unveiled a curious looking
timepiece designed by André Chéca. The timepiece was part of a new
Titanic and Moon series which used unconventional materials to create one of a kind timepieces incorporating unique materials. This timepiece
actually comprises of salvaged oxidized steel from the Titanic as a
material for some of the watch components. The watch represents a battered artifact lodged at the bottom of the ocean discovered centuries later surrounded by remnants of a ship wreck. Looking at this watch, one
could imagine it recovered from a chest resting on the bottom of the
ocean. The case is bronze André Chéca - This watch has Yvan Arpa of Artya written all over it - and indeed back in 2008, Yvan Arpa was the CEO of Romain Jerome.
|André Chéca Belles Montres 2008|
|André Chéca Kaar Ours 2009|
2008, an André Chéca creation was unveiled at the Belles Montres
international watch fair in Paris. The watch has André Chéca’s signature beaten bezel,
creating a look of decedent chocolate covered in gold foil paper. The hands are overly bold
pointing to large numbers beneath which the dial is decorated with a
remarkable fish net pattern.
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.
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