Common readers of MONOCHROME would possibly keep in mind the identify of Michiel Holthinrichs, the Dutch designer who combines conventional mechanical watchmaking with cutting-edge 3D printing. By introducing 21st-century expertise into the combination, Holthinrichs is ready to create extremely specialised designs, scale back prices, and discover the potential of his revolutionary technique. His first watch, Decoration 1, featured a 3D-printed case with traditional proportions, a barely classic vibe and a mixture of polished and unpolished surfaces that exposed glimpses of the bizarre texture obtained by 3D printing. Pushing the ‘textural’ facet of the Decoration 1 watch additional, Holthinrichs has offered the RAW Decoration watch. Precisely the identical mannequin because the 2016 Decoration 1, the RAW Decoration comes throughout as a really totally different watch certainly. Rougher, rawer and extra modern than its predecessor, the RAW Decoration showcases the grainy floor produced by 3D laser printing.
Our contributor Robin Nooy visited Michiel Holthinrichs’ atelier in Delft and acquired to see first-hand the challenges of 3D printing to supply circumstances. Don’t miss his two-part protection, right here and right here, devoted to this pioneering younger Dutch designer turned watchmaker. Utilizing powdered metal and a laser to form the case, the method of 3D printing is painstakingly sluggish. One of many outcomes of 3D printing is the abrasive texture produced on the floor. As an alternative of sharpening each single floor space of the case, Holthinrichs determined it will be cool to showcase the hand of recent expertise. His first watch, Decoration I, featured traditional, hand-polished finishes on the superior a part of the case with a peek of the rougher texture on the cavities of the case band, full with an engraved 3D signature on the facet.
The most recent creation of Holthinrichs Watches is that this RAW Decoration mannequin with a case that appears as if it was made out of concrete. Educated as an architect, Michiel Holthinrichs was impressed by early fashionable architects like Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer “the Picasso of concrete” and Eero Saarinen who proved that concrete, and different low-cost 20th-century supplies, might be used artistically to interpret their wildest desires.
Your complete 38mm case (together with lugs and crown) of the RAW Decoration watch is a single half made out of 3D-printed surgical metal and divulges an uncommon, abrasive texture. The results of the sandy matte end does appear to flatten the case considerably, which might be why Holthinrichs determined to shine the extremities of the lugs and elements of the crown so as to add some quantity. The concave recesses on the facet of the case have been left unpolished and have Holthinrichs’ raised signature with a elegant end.
The segmented dial with it recessed small seconds counter at 6 o’clock additionally reveals a grainy texture however has a golden color. The palms are usually not steel printed however made out of laser-cut surgical metal and skeletonised. The hollowed out palms echo the design of the openworked lugs. The domed concave Plexiglass overlaying the dial is one other nod to Holthinrichs’ ardour for classic watches.
As a lover of classic watches, Michiel Holthinrichs has chosen a vintage-style motion and geared up the RAW Decoration with a manual-winding Peseux/ETA7001, the identical motion contained in the Decoration 1 watches. Beating at 21,600vph, the motion has an influence reserve of 42h and may also be customised with an engraving.
With such restricted manufacturing, Holthinrichs can supply a excessive degree of customisation and there are numerous choices for the strap though the buckle, as you in all probability have guessed, can also be steel printed to match the case. The RAW Decoration value is dependent upon the main points you’ll select, nonetheless, count on round EUR four,500.
For extra particulars of Holthinrichs’ distinctive strategy to watchmaking, please go to www.holthinrichswatches.com.