ART ON THE WRIST
The new hand-painted watches from Alexander Shorokhoff
Ever since the premiere at the Baselworld 2017, the model “Kandy” (<Kandinsky>) is becoming more popular than ever. The squared timepieces from this series are very well received among the watch aficionados.
Now the time has come to take a completely new approach in order to create the highest level of the company’s
special “Art on the Wrist”.
Based on the “Kandy” models, Alexander Shorokhoff has designed beautiful and exceptional dials. Two elaborate models named “Kandy Bouquet“ and “Kandy Daffodils” were created.
- - Kandy Bouquet - -
The watches fascinate at first glance. What make these timepieces so special are the elaborately hand-painted and hand-enamelled mother-of-pearl dials.
For the first time Alexander Shorokhoff uses miniature painting which calls for exceptionally sharp eyes and dextrous hands. To complete a single miniature, the painter spends an average of 40 hours, peering attentively through the magnifier. At first the painter composes the right color palette and prepares the paint. Then he reshapes the brushes. Its bristles are made from hair of a marten, no other material available on the market, is fine enough for this art. At least 10 or a maximum of 20 such brushes are necessary before the painting is finished.
- - Kandy Daffodils - -
The base color for each element is painted uniformly to prevent the mother-of-pearl showing through. The base shade is applied and the other colors are progressively blended in to achieve the desired gradation and nuances. Many extremely fine additional layers are then applied, yet the completed painting is hardly five hundredths of a millimeter thick.
The small piece of art has to pass through the kiln several times to dry each layer of the paint. Repeated drying also minimizes the wet paint’s exposure to dust, which can ruin the work. The paint takes between 30 and 60 minutes to dry — depending on its thickness — in a 100°C kiln. The completed painting is finally baked for five hours to prepare it for the final step. Afterward a transparent lacquer is delicately applied over the whole dial surface and then dried in the kiln for another 24 hours.
At the end the result is fascinating. Both models are limited to 13 pieces per dial, but actually every dial is unique, none looks like the other due to artistic freedom. Since both watches are almost sold out, further versions are already in planning and will definitely inspire as much as the first versions.
Case : Stainless steel case, with 3 rills, filled with enamel; water resistance of 3 atm; size 41 x 41 mm; height 9 mm
Crystal: Sapphire, ar-coated, domed
Movement: Swiss automatic ETA 2892A2; hand-engraved and refined rotor; 21 jewels; power reserve of 47 hours; fu
Strap: Genuine croc strap; pin buckle or deployant (additional charge)
Limitation: 13 pieces per dial