Friday, March 25, 2011
Take one ordinary Panerai 114, leave it in the talented hands of the boys at Kindler & Thorpe and just look what they do with it. This exquisite engraving is by master English engraver Marcus Hunt who spent 30 hours developing this work of art on a watch.
The stainless steel casing depicts the Roman God Neptune, Son of Saturn, and brother of Jupiter and Pluto. Like Poseidon, Neptune was also worshipped by the Romans as a God of horses. This watch is guaranteed as a world-wide, strictly limited edition of just one piece. The long side of the stainless steel case features a grotesque of Neptune supported by two Victorian influenced Dolphins.
Either side of the crown we have a profile (to the left) of Neptune, Poseidon and (to the right) his son, Triton.
The bezel features Neptune’s tridents and stylised conch shells (Triton) which are known as Triton's Trumpet. The supporting acanthus scroll is influenced by Ancient Greek architecture.
About Kindler & Thorpe
Kindler & Thorpe (motto: ‘Never own anything that is not the envy of everyone you meet’) have positioned themselves as the world’s leading specialists in beautifully engraved horological artistry. They only practice their handicraft on the leading names in prestige watches such as Rolex, Patek Philppe, Audmars Piguet, IWC and Hublot, so if you had plans to pop in and sex up your Seiko Orange Monster, forget it.
They usually work on brand new factory sealed models as donor watches. Each one is carefully selected for suitability and is then passed on to their engraver of choice so that work can commence.
No two watches are the same, each is a unique one off work of art, and each is hand finished. The inspiration for engraving watches in this way stems from similar master engraving undertaken on some of the world’s most exclusive shotguns.
Influences include elite Georgian, Victorian, and Bavarian architecture as well as British Heraldry dating back to the 5th century. Not surprisingly, Kindler & Thorpe engraved watches become treasured family heirlooms and continue to steadily rise in value over the passing years.
Each of their new additions to the exclusive fold are published on the website so that should be the first port of call to check availability. Every Kindler & Thorpe watch is guaranteed for 5 years and each piece is archived, ensuring that your name goes down in history as the proud owner.