Elemental (Semi-Precious Stones Timepieces) by Francois Hurtaud
2016 - 2017, Golden A' Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Award Winner
Both the cultural symbolism and the natural beauty of the selected and elusive, yet significant, stones inspire MYKU. For centuries, the practical application of stone has included use in architecture, art and jewelry. The meaning that stones carry has also been extolled, precious pieces passed down through generations, around the world. Their one-of-a-kind timepieces carry the weight and longevity of these stones.
Born from a devotion for the unique and prestigious, MYKU creates its revered timepieces from semi-precious stones using top-of-the-line techniques. MYKU is committed to creating intrinsic and timeless designs, carefully crafted from materials that will withstand the test of time.
Design Challenges
Cutting stones in a way that reveals the inner, layered beauty requires high precision and meticulous skills. The layers take millions of years to form, and only artfully slicing through the top, tough layer reveals the true inherent beauty of a stone. Each cut results in a unique stone face. MYKU sought the best semi-precious stones cutting factories from Asia to Europe. Their last stop was Germany where they found a partner with the technical and man-crafting know-how in order to slice the stones at thin as 1.8mm thickness.
Production Technology
The Case: Diecasting, CNC polishing and IP Gold Plating. The Leather: Hand made in Italy. The Stone: From Brasil, onyx is a variety of layered Chalcedony that consists of banded of straight or parallel alternating shades of milky white agate and black formed by natural rhythmic crystallization found as nodules in siliceous volcanic rock. The stones are sliced with high precision via CNC machining in Germany. The Assembly: Every watch is assembled by hand in Switzerland.
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