Saturday, January 7, 2017

Moritz Grossmann - ATUM Skelett Unique Piece, By Christophe Schaffo

German watch manufacture Moritz Grossmann has partnered with master watchmaker Christophe Schaffo to create the ATUM Skelett, a one-of-a-kind skeletonised wristwatch.
Christophe Schaffo is passionate about his artisanal skills. His father Kurt Schaffo is an independent watchmaker in Le Locle, the town in the remote part of Switzerland deemed to be the cradle of haute horlogerie. The Vallée de Joux region stands for world-famous luxury timepieces and the highly specialised ateliers in which know-how and craftsmanship are handed down from fathers to sons. Christophe Schaffo learned the art of engraving under the auspices of Raoul Boichat at the Ecole d’art de la Chaux-de-Fonds and while working with his father. In 1985, he opened his own workshop in La Brévine. Here, he designs and crafts exquisite one-of-a-kind watches entirely by hand, at most ten per year. His work unites technology, craftsmanship, and the ultimate in artistic creativity. Each individual piece reflects inspiration, experience, and the finesse of his gifted hands. Christophe Schaffo's creations express poetic beauty and delight their owners with a magical representation of time.
In collaboration with Grossmann, Christophe Schaffo created the aesthetically perfect manifestation of a mechanically immaculate watch. The material of the calibre 100.5 was reduced to the bare essence by skeletonisation. Every single part is manually chamfered, chased, and engraved.
Countless hours are invested in this fusion of the arts and horological precision; the customer can choose either a rose-gold or white-gold case for the unique piece. The singular ATUM Skelett combines pure beauty with pure watchmaking artistry.

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