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The Lavish Anywhere Métiers d’Art Azur by Krayon (Live Pics & Price)

A blue ephemeris intimately linked to its wearer.

| By Xavier Markl | 3 min read |

If you follow independent watchmaking, you should be familiar with the amazing technical developments of Krayon. The brand founded by Remi Maillat, Krayon made a remarkable debut with the mindbogglingly complex Everywhere, the first mechanical watch able to compute the sunrise and sunset times everywhere on the globe. Following Everywhere, Krayon presented Anywhere, a somewhat simplified version of the concept. Anywhere keeps the core functionality of Everywhere but the location change cannot be changed by its user via the crown (however, It is a quite simple watchmaker’s adjustment). All of Krayon’s timepieces are hand-made and lavishly finished… the independent brand now adds a new dimension to its watches with Métiers d’Art.

Actually, we already had a flavour of Métiers d’Art at Krayon on the occasion of Only Watch 2021 when the brand presented an Anywhere graced by a beautiful miniature painting dial inspired by Claude Monet’s famous Impression, Soleil Levant. The watch was hammered for CHF 320.000.

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The “Anywhere Métiers d’Art Azur’ by Krayon” displays the brand’s artistic sensibility. On its dial, the magic of miniature painting is at play with subtle, different hues of blue – with a myriad of cells, the dark colour of the top of the dial softly transitions into a degradé to a lighter different hue. To achieve this effect, a myriad of small alveoli have been hollowed out and then filled by a Swiss enamelling artist.

Released in a limited edition of 15 pieces, the watch opts for the noblest of all metals, platinum 950. At 39mm x 9.5mm, the case is surprisingly compact given the complexity of the movement it houses. It indicates the hours and minutes with dedicated hands, placed traditionally in the centre of a dial. The subdial at 6 o’clock displays calendar indications (date and month, which are essential for the sunrise and sunset indications). The bi-colour ring at the periphery of the dial represents the length of a day, changing across the year. A diurnal sector (sky blue) and a nocturnal sector (midnight blue) indicate by their positions the sunrise and sunset times that can be read on the flange. Last, the travelling sun pointer provides a poetic indication of the time of the day on a 24-hour scale.

Visible via the exhibition case back, the hand-wound C030 calibre beats at 3 Hz and can store 72 hours of power reserve – with a stop-work. Its 432-part architecture is captivating in particular at 6 o’clock the mechanism makes it possible to adjust the sunrise/sunset indications. The long central screw is used for the latitude. The two adjustment screws on the bridges on either side of the mechanism are used (respectively for the sunrise and the sunset) to set the longitude. The finishing is top-notch with inward and outward angles, curvy waves, polished jewel sinks, and more… A nice detail, there are no visible screws to hold the bridges in place, except the two screws to adjust the movement.

The ‘Anywhere Métiers d’Art Azur’ by Krayon is worn on a blue-grained calf leather strap with white stitches. Its pin buckle is in platinum. The price is set at CHF 150.000 (excl. taxes).

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