Introducing: ‘The Mythique’ From Watchmaking Legend Peter Roberts
Roberts’ vocation of more than 45 years has taken him in numerous ways, however he’s maybe most popular in the watchmaking community for his residency at Hackney Technical College, which housed the last proficient watchmaker’s preparation program in London; while there he showed understudies who have proceeded to become legends in their own right, including Peter Speake-Marin and Stephen Forsey, of Greubel Forsey. Unfortunately, Hackney shut its watchmaking program in 2002, in spite of the fact that there has been as of late a resurgence of interest in the subject, with a few new projects opening – including the British School of Watchmaking , which opened its entryways in 2006 and is a WOSTEP association school.
The Mythique project was the outcome, says Roberts, of enquiries made to him at the finish of the Concentrique project getting some information about considering a new openworked watch. In the wake of thinking about the matter, Roberts chose to deliver, not a unique piece (which, he says, would be “restrictively costly”) yet rather a little arrangement, and to use as a base the Valjoux 23 chronograph. Working “…in combination with a group of extremely gifted Jura specialists,” Roberts has understood a progression of five “Silver Sunrise” watches, with white-gold-plated developments and treated steel cases, and five “Brilliant Dawn” watches, with tempered steel cases also, yet with the developments completed in rose gold.
Roberts burned through significant energy on guaranteeing that the Mythique chronographs would introduce a terrific and differed visual showcase; he considers this the “Drifting Cloud” idea, and the fundamental thought was to consider cautiously how the watch would look under different lighting conditions and from different points. “In the Mythique,” he says, “this ‘Skimming Cloud’ idea allows the wearer to appreciate numerous visual encounters relying upon lighting, point, course of view, and so on Whilst appreciating these impacts, the time and chronograph signs can be unmistakably perused… in spite of the fact that photos can give some thought of these impacts, the Mythique should be seen and taken care of to encounter the full three dimensional, holographic video-like scenes that are to be observed.”
The Silver Sunrise and Golden Dawn watches will both be estimated at £20,000 + VAT, and you can peruse more about their producer, and his approach to watchmaking, on Roberts own website, here . At that point, check out our inclusion of two of his most celebrated understudies’ work: Peter Speake-Marin’s astonishing Bi-Tourbillon , and our Technical Editor Nick Manousos’ entrancing interview with Stephen Forsey .