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Commission Work: A Jules Verne Inspired Skeleton Watch

KTSkel

A skeleton watch has a clear case so that all its working parts are visible. What the mind can create never ceases to amaze me.

KT-Jules-Vern-Diagram-240x64I guess you can see by my work that I specialize in the unusual. I received a request from a customer who had always wanted and finally purchased a beautiful skeleton watch. It’s amazing to sit and watch the interlocking mechanisms move in synchrony as they mark time. But the band on her watch was a plain smooth leather … and she wanted something more.. She asked me to create something Jules Verne-inspired. Of course, I KT-Jules-Verne-Architecturalaccepted the challenge! Using these pictures for inspiration, a design formed in my mind and I began to measure and construct the bands. The challenge was to attach the bands securely and comfortably to the watch itself, allowing freedom of movement and a sturdy clasp that she would not have to struggle to fasten. Trust me, I was really nervous when I slit those leather bands, the only way to remove them without removing the pins. I knew that once I cut that leather, there would be no turning back. That’s the way life is–sometimes you have to be brave enough to cut something off … in order to create something new … and maybe create something better.  I used bronze wire for this piece, to give it the look of antique gold. Her response to the completed watch was more than gratifying! I think Jules Verne would have loved it too!

  • Close up of the band join to the side pins ...
  • Look closely ...  the watch pin is set with a tiny lapis cabochon ...
  • A view from the side ... Note twisted dark blue (anodized copper) accent wire to complement the lapis pin detail ...
  • Close-up of Nonpareil, Ltd., signature watch clasp ...
  • Wire sculpting filigree details at the clasp ...
  • The completed watch resting on its wood case ... a very satisfying result ...

 

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