For this first piece, David Rutten designed an aperture watch, a design that has been forgotten by the general public since the 1930’s… Although it derives its origins from Art-Deco, this type of design leaves the spotlight on the meteorite metal, giving it pride of place.
To this end, the watch is equipped with flutes running from top to bottom of its surface, which perpetuates the streamline style, sub-genre of Art-Deco. This visual device was often used in science fiction publications, as a mean to make machines more aerodynamic.
More pragmatically, the bottom of the plate and the crow are made of polished titanium, in order to prevent allergies and lighten the whole (the total weight being 120gr).
The front and back glasses are machined in sapphire and anti-reflective. The hardness of this scratch-resistant substance is about equal to that of diamond.
In his quest for perfection, David cuts the blocks of meteorite himself before machining, in order to select the direction of the octahedron pattern. This important step determines the final appearance of the whole.
In parallel to this, he developed a technique known to him alone to obtain a polished finishing of the meteorite, whilst revealing the geometric network.
About raw material
Using a telescope, you will be able to guess the area of origin of most of the meteorites used in our watches: the asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter, 320 millions km away from Earth. The ultra-slow cooling of iron (about 90%) and nickel (about 9%), composing the extraterrestrial metal, created a unique pattern. Indeed, each watch will feature its own Widmanstätten array. The latter will have a different structure depending on the Streamline series, or the rule, even the vintage or a same meteorite. But some pieces will also feature cobalt inclusions, which anthracite finish amazingly contrasts with the near-white colour of ferronickel. The cobalt is embedded within the substance in its liquid state but without merging with the rest, which is impossible to achieve in zero-gravity. Like bronze watches, bear in mind that the material will acquire a patina, making some patterns more visible, depending on the use of your watch, and continuing the life experience of the object.
Every watch being unique, you will be given the opportunity to choose your own copy. For each vintage, the first subscribers will be granted priority on the choice of the case.