Nuancier: Steel Slices Showing the Parts of a Watch


Mon, Mar 18th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

"Nuancier", ECAL/Audemars Piguet/Krzysztof J. Lukasik

Created by Krzysztof J. Lukasik, a designer based in Lyon, the Nuancier takes the concept of the Pantone colour guide and the Audemars Piguet skeleton watch to create 19 laser cut and engraved steel slices that show the composition of a watch and all its relative parts. The above photograph was taken by Marie-Pierre Cravedi and appears here courtesy of Krzysztof J. Lukasik.

This project started with a brief from the company that was looking for a gift for clients. The object can be used as a gift, but beyond this, it can also be used as a teaching tool in the watchmaking industry. It definitely was an education for me who did not know anything in that field and who does not even wear a watch myself. The skeleton watch is one of the most difficult and most timeconsuming pieces this industry produces. Each movable part is visible through the glass of the watch (from the front or from behind) or through a small cut outlining the dial. The project can be seen as a hybrid between the Pantone colour guide and the Audemars Piguet skeleton watch. Its nineteen steel slices, cut and engraved with a laser, show the various elements that make up the 3120 iconic movement of the AP watch with their names in French and a short text explaining how each element works.



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