Think about constructing an advanced mechanical wristwatch fully by hand to enter a contest of artisanal crafts. Your competitor? Cheese! That’s the story of Sylvain Pinaud in a VERY exaggerated nutshell, however we’ll elaborate on that. The results of his efforts is spectacular although: a really modern-looking, hand-built monopusher chronograph. We had time to fulfill the maker himself and go hands-on with Sylvain Pinaud’s Chronograph Monopoussoir.
The competitors wants somewhat explaining, however the assertion that he was competing towards cheese is true, in a means. Each 4 years, since its conception in 1924, the very best artisanal craftsmen of France are eligible to compete for the title of “Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France” (Editor’s be aware: This competitors, translated as “One of many Greatest Craftsmen of France” covers an unlimited vary of crafts together with clothes, leather-based, pottery, glasswork, marquetry, cheese and precision methods.) In Might of this 12 months, Mr Sylvain Pinaud was awarded the highest prize within the ‘precision methods’ class.
Sylvain Pinaud, son of a clockmaker was born in France however solely not too long ago made the transfer to Sainte-Croix, Switzerland. His objective is to determine himself as an impartial watchmaker, and by the look of his first watch, he is aware of what he’s doing! His father specialised within the restoration of vintage clocks, so Sylvain has the proper of upbringing to again up his ambition. Couple that along with his work as a restorer of watches at Domonique Mouret and prototyping initiatives for the watch trade, it’s solely pure to ultimately begin your personal model.
Sylvain’s first creation is as intriguing as it’s sophisticated: a principally hand-built Chronograph Monopoussoir in a really modern titanium case. The watch makes use of the geartrain and escapement of a well-recognized buddy, the ETA 6497. This manually wound motion is just not overly spectacular after all, so turning it into that is no small feat! The competitors for which Sylvain made this Chronograph Monopoussoir dictates that solely artisanal crafts may be utilised, so aside from a only a few elements, every part is completed by hand.
Contemplating that the ETA 6497 motion is a good distance from being a chronograph motion, Sylvain had his work lower out for him. A complete of 98 new elements have been made, most of which have been made by hand and solely a small quantity with the assistance of a CNC machine. The development of the chronograph wanted 55 specifically handcrafted elements, together with a conventional horizontal clutch with column wheel. The chronograph is solely seen on the dial facet of the watch. Sapphire sub-dials obscure the motion as little as attainable, with all of the handmade and completed elements in full view. Chamfering, sprucing, tempering and blueing are all performed by hand by Sylvain. Different ending methods embrace hand-bevelled edges, mirror sprucing, round graining on the wheels, straight graining on the higher bridge, and extra.
The bizarre building of the case permits for a detailed look into the motion so there’s no hiding errors or shortcuts. The case is made from a caseback which incorporates the lugs, and the screwed-down bezel. 4 screws sandwich a sapphire caseband in between the bezel and the again. This uncommon design provides it a way of openness far past a daily skeletonized watch. Touches just like the distinction between fingers, working gear and bridges and plates, and even the aligned slots within the screws make it a really interesting watch to deal with.
Time is indicated on the sub-dial at 12 o’clock, with the hours and minutes, and the working seconds on the small sapphire disc at 9 o’clock. The chronograph is indicated by the centrally mounted hand-blued seconds counter and the 45 minute counter displayed on the sapphire sub-dial at three o’clock.
The motion will run for about 45 hours on a full wind by the crown at three o’clock. This crown additionally contains the only pusher for the chronograph. Pushing it will set in movement the levers, gears and wheels for the chronograph. The structure is impressed by marine chronometers, with the chronograph complication constructed within the backside half of the motion. The stability wheel, beating at a 2.5Hz frequency (18,000 vibrations per hour), is seen by an aperture within the caseback. Within the footage, this caseback is exempt of any engraving, because the competitors it was created for dictates no seen signal to a maker or a model. It’s in regards to the product and the product solely. The manufacturing model, produced in very restricted numbers, will embrace some engraving on the again and “Sylvain Pinaud” on the dial facet of the watch.
The Sylvain Pinaud Monopoussoir Chronograph is a rare watch, which shows Sylvain’s expertise very properly. Admittedly, the bizarre design of the watch is just not for everybody however taking into account the story behind it, it’s distinctive and positively completely different. It is going to be produced in very restricted portions, solely two or three per 12 months might be constructed, a consequence of the quantity of labour going into every one. Moreover, personalisation is feasible. The value for the Sylvain Pinaud Monopoussoir Chronograph is CHF 78,000 in titanium and CHF 88,000 in gold.
For extra data, please go to Sylvain-Pinaud.com.