[: En]The partnership between Perpetual Passion and RedBar Milano gets off to a great start. On 9 July, in the refined setting of Terrazza Calabritto restaurant in Milan, we gathered among friends and enthusiasts to say goodbye before the desired holidays, to share our passion with an exceptional guest directly from Switzerland!
For the first time in our spotlight we had the pleasure of welcoming Remi Maillatfounder of krayon, a truly amazing independent brand.
To accompany him his masterpiece, the EVERYWHERE: the first and, for now, the only watch produced by the house, in a version with a black dial, hand-engraved case with bezel and lugs embellished with baguette diamonds.
For those unfamiliar with this precious timepiece, what distinguishes it is the complication it mounts. L'Everywhere by Krayon in fact it is the first watch animated by the USS caliber (Universal Sunset Sunrise), which allows you to know the time at which the sun rises and sets in every part of the world, unlike theEquation du Temps, "Programmed" to provide these indications only about a specific place. In addition, the watch, currently competing in GPH extension among the best complicated watches for men, it was conceived to be a lot simple to read and use, keeping the dimensions acceptable (42 mm) and also pleasant for small wrists.
On the occasion of this wonderful event we had the opportunity to interview Rémi while he was showing us his latest creation and to let us reveal some of his secrets, even if it was not easy at all….
AC: Good evening Rémie thank you for coming this evening. Let's start with the most emblematic question, which I always like to start from: what is a watch for you, what is its role?
RM: For me, a watch, first of all, must convey emotions. I remember a watchmaker who one day told me that he had sold many pieces to cancer patients and after seeing the happy expressions on their faces he could really define himself satisfied for having given these people a little joy and emotion despite their terrible disease. .
AC: Thanks, very nice as an approach! speaking of you instead, how many pieces do you produce per year?
RM: We produce a maximum of five pieces per year, but the number does not matter as each piece is produced as a result of an order, so it depends on the customers.
AC:… And how did it all start?
RM: I am an engineer, in Le Locle I studied engineering to design watches. To complete the project of my first movement it took me 18 months instead of 6, it was a very simple three hands (hours, minutes and seconds).
AC: Have you ever produced it?
RM: Not yet, maybe one day ...
AC: Why did you focus on this complication? Was it born by chance or was it your goal?
RM: I started by focusing on the day / night function, I wanted to improve it. Krayon was born in 2014, it was unthinkable to always have to choose the city to associate the watch with. I chose to focus on this complication as it was impossible in everyone's eyes; in 2014 I realized that it was possible and I started to make calculations on what really influenced the pre-setting of the city. Then in 2015 I found a mechanical object capable of calculating the mathematical model I had found, so I decided to put it into practice.
AC: Let's shift our focus for a moment… Is there a future for watchmaking? What is it in your opinion?
RM: Of course, there is a future, evolution is constant, and then if I could tell you what the future is… it would already be the present !! For me the future is the combination of new technologies: today, for example, computers are used a lot for projects, yet the finishes are all done in an extremely traditional way.
AC: And if we are talking about independents like you, what future do you see?
RM: This year I have been to BaselWorld and not ArtBasel, yet I believe that some unique pieces are much more works of art than watches, so yes, I see a bright future in this sector, precisely because it is art.
AC: Tell us about your relationship with RedBar, we met at a meeting of RedBar Switzerland!
RM: It all started by chance and in a very funny way… we met in New York, while I was going on a date from Watchonist I noticed that the RedBar offices were right next to the ones where I was, so, intrigued, I did research and returned to Switzerland I saw that there was a chapter here too, so I came to the events !!!
AC: Tell us a little about how things are done in the Krayon house.
RM: I live in Neuchatel where I do research and development. I have every part of the watch produced by hand: I have a craftsman for the finishing of the movements and three for the engravings, as each of our watches has engravings. Every single detail, being the result of an order, is decided together with the customer, who tells us exactly what he would like to have and we start working on all his requests. For example, the engraver starts from scratch with a design designed specifically for the case and the watch, so that every millimeter is in complete harmony.
AC: Tell us a little about what Everywhere is like and why you called it that.
RM: It is a watch that wants to be simple, easy to read and very easy to adjust. It has the minimum number of calendar functions that allow you to have sunset / sunrise. I chose this name because on the Equation du Temps the name of the city they are destined for is reported while mine works in every city, ergo I wrote “everywhere”.
AC: Why did you call your brand Krayon instead?
RM: Crayon in French is the pencil and, for an engineer, that is the first tool that is used when undertaking a project, it all starts with the pencil. In fact, at the beginning we didn't produce anything, we were just an engineering firm.
AC: Let's talk about the future: what will your next creation be?
RM: I think I'll reinterpret the USS in an even different way ...
AC: What are your favorite complications besides the USS?
RM: Definitely those of Romain Gautier and everything that produces a sound, such as repetitions.
AC: Do you have a source of inspiration? One person, one brand ...
RM: Surely Philippe Dufour, with whom I have a wonderful friendship. He was the first to do something truly his own. For the rest I follow the whole scene but I'm not inspired by anyone, even if I'm a fan of the vintage Patek.
AC: Thank you very much Rémi, we hope to see you again soon at one of our events or in any of your adventures between Basel and Abu Dhabi!
I would like to thank all the participants, the Terrazza Calabritto for the hospitality and ItalianWatchSpotter for the support and for helping us in the excellent success of the event!
For more information on Kryon www.krayon.ch
[envira-gallery id = ”4347 ″] [: en]Summer is coming, and we chose a fresh location to welcome our special guest from Switzerland: Rémi Maillat, founder of the micro-brand Krayon!
For this occasion Rémi brought with him the Everywhere, the masterpiece of his atelier and the first watch to use the USS caliber, a movement invented by Krayon that can tell the time of sunset and sunrise all over the world!
The piece we saw during our GTG at Calabritto terrace was a very special one, in fact it features a black dial, a full baguette diamond bezel and the whole case is nicely engraved. We decided to interview Rémi and ask him what's the essence of his special watch, competing in GPHG among the best men's complicated watches!
AC: Good evening Rémi, thank you for taking part to our meeting! Let's start with my favorite question: what's a watch for you and which is his role in a man's life?
MRI: A watch for me should move people. I remember when a watchmaker told me that he sells many watches to people affected by cancer and what makes him truly happy is seeing their faces after trying the watch on the wrist… he feels really grateful about what he does. Sometimes feelings are all that matters.
AC: This is so amazing! Talking about you: how many pieces do you produce per year?
MRI: We can make five pieces per year but we only start producing after a client orders one, because we work specifically on the client's will.
AC: Great, and how has it all started?
MRI: I'm an engineer, graduated in Le Locle where I learned how to design a watch. It took me eighteen months to project my first timepiece, three times more than a normal student… .it was a simple three hands movement.
AC: Have you ever thought about producing it?
MRI: Not yet… maybe one day…
AC: So, why did you focus on this complication? Was it your purpose to create the USS?
MRI: I started working on the day / night function, I wanted to improve it. In 2014 i created Krayon, it was a shame that every watch able to tell the time of sunset and sunrise must be built for a specific city. I chose to focus on this complication as it was considered impossible to be made. In 2014 I understood that it was possible and started calculating what really interferes with the presetting of the watch. In 2015 i found a mechanical object able to deal with the mathematical models that I found and so I decided to use it!
AC: Wow! Let's change the focus for a while: what's the future for watchmaking in your opinion? Is there one?
MRI: Yes, there is a future, evolution is perpetual and if I can tell what the future will be… it will no longer be future, just present! For me future is in the combination of modern technologies and traditional techniques… for example today we use computers for almost every part of the project, but all the finishing is done by hand as it was in the past, in an extremely traditional way.
AC: And what about independent watchmaking… is there a future?
MRI: You know… this year I went to BaselWold but not to ArtBasel, but I think that some timepieces seen in Basel should stay in an art gallery as they are not just watches, so yes, I see a brilliant future for independents because people love art !
AC: I hope you'll have some in the future !!! What do you think about RedBar? You know… we met at a RedBar event!
MRI: It's a cool story: I discovered them randomly in NY. I was at Watchinista's headquarters for an interview and i saw RedBar's office near us and did some research… when i saw that they were in Switzerland too I immediately sent them an email and joined them!
AC: And now you're there! So, Rémi, tell us how do you work at Krayon!
MRI: I live in Neuchâtel where I'm always doing research and development. Every part of my watches is produced by hands in Switzerland: for example we have an artisan for finishings and three artisans for engravings, as every watch produced has several engravings. Every single detail is decided by the client as we work on a specific order. The customer tells us what he wants and we work in order to give him exactly what he likes. The engraver, for example, starts designing the pattern from zero, in order to fit the watch perfectly, in harmony with every other part.
AC: Tell us something about the Everywhere and why you chose this name.
MRI: It is a watch that wants to be simple, simple to be read, simple to be set (it just has one pusher and the crown). It has the minimum number of functions in order to calculate the USS. I chose this name because every Equation du Temps has the name of the city it was built for on the dial… my watch works in every city so “Everywhere”!
AC: And why “Krayon”?
MRI: Crayon is the French for pencil… for an engineer the pencil is the beginning of every project, it's the most indispensable thing. When we established Krayon we were just an engineering studio, we didn't produce anything!
AC: Let's talk about the future: what will be your next watch?
MRI: I think I'll reuse the USS but in a new way ...
AC: What are your favorite complications, after the USS?
MRI: Surely the ones from Romain Gautier and everything that makes a sound, such as repeaters.
AC: Where do you take inspiration from?
MRI: Surely form Philippe Dufour. He is a dear friend of mine and he is the first who made something really personal that represents him. I always have an eye open on the whole horological world but I don't take inspiration from anything in particular, even if I'm a big fan of vintage Pateks!
AC: Thank you so much Rémi, hope to see you again soon at our events or around the world!
I want to thank all the people that took part to the event, Terrazza Calabritto for the hospitality, ItalianWatchSpotter for all the support and for helping us providing a successful event!
More info about Kryon www.krayon.ch
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