Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CVSTOS Challenge Koi Tourbillon

In incessant quest for progress and in the highest respect for the Swiss watchmaking tradition, allied with state of-the-art technologies, combining refinement and elegance, CVSTOS unveils its new vision of high-end watchmaking. The historical success of the brand features some chance or direct collaborations with people of various talents, which enabled CVSTOS to create unique products, carriers of various images, in perfect osmosis with the messages conveyed by the brand.

Returning from this initiatory voyage to Kyoto, Antonio Terranova (maker & designer of CVSTOS brand) undertakes a personal approach, under the form of a dedication, materialised in a watch that pays homage to the country of the rising sun (Japan).

The Koi is not only a symbol of life and fertility but also of wealth and gold; its name in Chinese is a synonym of abundance and its image is often used associated with the wishing of wealth and prosperity. Been known for swimming against the tide in Asian rivers and waterfalls they have become strong symbols of strength and perseverance. The Koi’s place in Japanese culture is one of importance, being incarnations of love and fertility, wherever they were placed they were successful as they are calm and embody serenity and beauty.
The Challenge Koi Tourbillon comes to life through the personal work carried out by each craftsman contributing to the process of creation. It exists through the choice of different types of Koi carps. They will form this painting, with personalised staging, according to the desires of the future owner of the watch.

Elegantly carved, they will be micro painted with special lacquer following the craftsman inspiration, with paintbrush fitted sometimes with only one bristle. The surface, as well as its structure is thus enhanced by textures, in characteristic colours, made of shades, of arrangement, with or without metal impressions, going from orange to deep red, from pure white or still bright yellow, from copper to velvet or metallic patina.
Satisfying the most various customisation wishes as regards the choice of colour materials for the background, like the cover of open design Barrel recalling the “lotus” flower, another symbol pertaining to Zen philosophy, or the choice of integrating to the latter another subject that is equally suggestive for the pond – “the dragonfly”, or even more the splashes formed by the carp in heading to the surface while crossing the Yellow River, implying perseverance.

One should be able to express a great deal of creativity through a modular standing, adjustable at the choice of a craftsman engraver – just like an artist in front of his canvas. In this way was this calibre imagined… like a canvas on which the elements; the subjects should be allowed to harmoniously mingle with the rigid elements of this high performance Tourbillon mechanism intended to a refined and demanding  public of connoisseurs.

The fully open design of the calibre enables a currently unique three-dimensionality, adjusting the architecture and the arrangement of the transmission system of the vertical-line wheels, freeing thus 2 voluminous side spaces.

Technical details

Tonneau-shaped, 53.70mm x 41mm
Materials: Steel / Black Steel / Gold 5N
Setting: Handmade 4.9 Carats
Caseback: Open with sapphire crystal
Crystal: Double sapphire crystal glass, non-reflecting coating
Water-resistance: 100 meters (10 ATM)
Screws: Polished titanium grade 5 or 5N Pink gold with exclusive pattern
Crown: Screw-down with releasable mechanism, polished titanium grade 5 / 5N Pink gold or black titanium

Skeleton, coating, exclusive decoration
Indexes: Chromed or treated 5N gold and SuperLuminova treated
Hands: Pierced, chromed or treated 5N gold and Super-Luminova treated

Calibre CVSTOS CVS 2600C hand wound
Openwork Tourbillon movement with bridges
Nishkigoi Shaped
Characteristics: Flying Tourbillon, cage Ø 12mm, anti shock
Power-reserve: 60 hours
Jewels: 21
Frequency: 18,000 vibrations per hour

Hour, minute and «3 X 20 Seconds» indicator

Galuchat /Shagreen (sharkskin)

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