When Jean-Claude Biver informed me that he was beginning his personal watch model (he operates the Biver brand along with his son Pierre), it was fairly clear that artwork was going to be a significant inspiration for his timepieces. I anticipated that Biver, an avid artwork lover, would discover his pursuits and inventive whims within the inevitably ultra-high-end Biver model watches. Final March, I lastly went hands-on with the first Biver brand timepiece, the lovely and classic Biver Carillon Tourbillon. The Carillon Tourbillon as a platform is just not an artwork watch, per se, given its tendency to seize conventional type and wristwatch construction. That stated, the dial of the watch (and different ornamental choices) offers Biver the power so as to add inventive dimension to the composition, and that’s precisely what the corporate has accomplished with this one-of-a-kind Biver Carillon Tourbillon La Danse.
The Biver Carillon Tourbillon La Danse du Temps (“the dance of time”) watch is meant to be bought on the annual SIAR wristwatch present in Mexico Metropolis. It’s a hotbed of high-end curiosity and a half-million-dollar-plus watch like this will simply discover a buyer there. It’s, in fact, considerably ironic that the identify of the watch is in French (certainly, Biver is a French-speaking firm) when its inspiration is generally from Mexico. So why not change “La Danse” identify from French to Spanish? In line with Biver, this distinctive watch is supposed to honor Mexico’s Day of the Useless vacation. Not dwelling in Mexico, I query whether or not this is perhaps a default topic for nearly any luxurious watch being produced for the Mexican market. It’s type of like all these watches meant for China that revolve across the quantity 8 theme. Do Chinese language customers see proper via this tactic? Do Mexicans tire of this theme in luxurious watches? Is there such an urge for food available in the market? Apparently, there may be, or at the least sufficient room for another Day of the Useless-themed watch from the Maestro Biver. Personally, I might have appreciated to see a bit extra originality from the Biver model because the Carillon Tourbillon La Danse feels somewhat business (i.e., simply accessible by the market given its adoption of a well-liked theme).
The dancing skeleton artwork has a a lot deeper that means outdoors of being a cool hand-engraved gold composition on the dial of a tremendous watch. In line with Biver, the dial art work was designed by Mexican artist Joel Niño (although engraved in Switzerland). Biver talked about that the dial work was meant to create a Diego Rivera-style Day of the Useless skeleton. Impressed by earlier etchings, Rivera painted a 45-foot mural and, drawing from indigenous parts, reimagined what had been a satirical La Calavera Catrina (a feminine cranium with an outsized hat) right into a full skeleton, dressed within the model of Frida Kahlo, thus inventing what turned the trendy Catarina, an icon deeply rooted in Mexican identification and central to Day of the Useless celebrations. Catarina dances exuberantly with Catrin, her male counterpart.
Originating 3,000 years in the past in indigenous rituals and dance, then influenced by Catholic rituals and feasts when efforts to abolish the pageant failed, the Day of the Useless vacation in Mexico is a festivity of life — a riot of vibrant fiesta colours, and a time when households come collectively to recollect their family members via music, dance, meals, and the adorning of graves and household altars.
The underlying Carillon Tourbillon watch is available in an 18k rose gold case with an identical 18k rose gold five-link metallic bracelet. The watch case is 42mm vast with 50 meters of water resistance, regardless of being a chiming musical minute repeater. The bottom dial is a black onyx stone with utilized markers and indexes. The Carillon Tourbillon was supposed to be each luxurious and wearable every day. Certainly, the La Danse dial is much less legible than most given the added artwork on the dial, however generally, the wearability of the Carillon Tourbillon is excessive and the dial is readable. To impress the wearer (and maybe onlookers, as effectively), the Carillon Tourbillon contains each a tourbillon and a fancy carillon-style minute repeater (excessive variety of notes) as a part of the caliber JCB.001-B motion. Extra so, the motion is automated utilizing a gold micro-rotor. The 390 element, hand-decorated motion operates at 3Hz with 72 hours of energy reserve. You’ll be able to view the motion, together with the chiming hammers in opposition to the gongs, via the sapphire crystal on the rear of the watch.
Visually, the hat-wearing, dance celebration skeletons on the dial of the one-of-a-kind Biver Carillon Tourbillon La Danse watch are enticing and make for a reliable and culturally applicable composition. Jean-Claude Biver himself is usually a extra mental artwork lover, and when taking low danger on a one-of-a-kind timepiece, I might have anticipated one thing a bit extra artistically distinctive from the Biver model. However will it promote? Greater than doubtless. Value for the Biver Carillon Tourbillon La Danse du Temps watches is $675,600 USD. Learn more at the Biver website.