Japanese swordsmiths forge Genus' new titanium watch using ancient methods
It pushes the boundaries of horology with its high-tech complications.
A katana sword and Genus's latest timepiece are both made with centuries-old metalworking techniques that make them one of the most unique metalworking pieces in the world.
For the first time, a Swiss watchmaker renowned for flouting convention has created a timepiece made of Damascene Titanium, the GNS1.2 TD. The complications read time without traditional dials and hands. There has been a Japanese swordsmith tradition since the 17th century of using a method known as mokume-gane to treat the rare metal, which is rarely used even in the most exclusive watches.
As a result of the repeated hammering and folding of the metal, something requiring immense skill, the result is an extremely remarkable appearance; the individual layers of the metal appear to be laminated together, creating an extraordinary look. Because titanium is three times stronger than steel and also 40 percent lighter, you can expect it to last for a long time. Fired at a temperature ranging between 2,192 and 2,552 degrees Fahrenheit, the piece has the ability to become extremely hard and durable as a result of the extremely high temperatures required to fire it.
As part of the process of hand dyeing every example of the GNS1.2 TD over an open flame, the scorching temperature and coloring highlight the natural layers of the piece at the same time for an almost psychedelic effect. This portion of construction is open to prospective owners and they will have the opportunity to make decisions about their desired finish: matte, satin or polished. While the initial block of titanium is being shaped and molded into the final 43mm case, the strata become even more evident as they are being molded and shaped. Considering that Genus was only founded a year ago as a business, it is all the more impressive that the company uses these ancient methods.
This watch is equipped with the 18K gold in-house, manually wound movement that won the Mechanical Exception Prize at the 2019 Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève. There are 26 jewels in the watch, which is able to run at 2.5 Hz or 18,000 vibrations per hour and has a 50-hour battery life. It is also water-resistant to 30 meters. The strap of the watch can be personalized in a variety of ways, with buyers being able to choose between a hand-stitched calfskin or an alligator strap upon special request.
You can learn more about the model by heading on over to the brand's website. That is, if you have $155,930 lying around.