True to my philosophy, the vast majority of components are produced in-house, including such items as screws, pins and watch case, which elsewhere are often obtained from catalogues of serial-produced or contracted standard parts. Only the mainspring, the balance-spring and part of the jewels are purchased externally, as they correspond to three component types shaped by processes that are fully-fledged trades in their own right. The watches are fitted with an entirely hand-crafted, custom-built escapement.
Because my work is artisanal, no two watches of mine can be the same; nothing in them is interchangeable or uniform. Although machine-tools are used, a vast amount of work, gauged by eye as much as from the fabrication plans, is carried out manually using a file. Each creation is therefore fundamentally unique. Added to this, my policy is to offer clients a timepiece that suits their own particular tastes, made in a style which is mine but in which they themselves have defined the complications, the display, the materials, the escapement, the layout of the parts, and so on. As I can see no point in doing the same thing twice, I am delighted to have no identical clients and be free to create afresh with each new order!
The very special tic-tiac of the escapement :
Here are some details of my first creation, made to a single copy for almost three years, including one year of manufacture:
- Hand winding watch, with key
- Time setting with key
- Frequency : 18 000 alt.h-1
- Escapement : libre excentrique
- Indication : hours and minutes with rotating dial
- Power reserve : 40h
- Case : 39mm
- Alligator strap
The movement :
How the time indicator works :