This one-of-a-kind piece draws its inspiration from the interpretation of the theme “Draw me a happy child” by a 5-year-old schoolchild from the “Diablotins” nursery school in Le Locle district, Switrezland. The movement of this unique timepiece is hand-engraved and enamelled in accordance to the drawing chosen from a drawing competition. The total of 95% of the Julien Coudray 1518 for Only Watch 2013 is made from one kilogram of solid 18-karat Pd125 white gold.
This exquisite wristwatch is housed in an 18-karat white gold case which measures 39mm in diameter and 9.85mm in thickness. The case is domed on both sides with sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating and it has a see-through case back where you can admire its movement with hand-engraved drawings of a boy and a girl holding hands.
The beating heart of the watch is a manual-winding mechanical movement which is compiled on the 34 jewels and provides functions of hours, minutes, seconds and a 4-year service indicator at the 12 o’clock position. The mechanism can store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for at least 55 hours.
Its 13-part dial is crafted from enamelled solid 18-karat Pd125 white gold, traditional « grand feu » black and white enamelled domed cartouches. The central part of the dial is crafted from hand-engraved, guilloché pattern 18-karat solid white gold and transparent blue enamel. This risky technique is mastered in-house.
The hour and minute hands have skeletonized tips and they are blued, like thin seconds hand. The Fabien Lamarche’s leitmotif is that the manufacturing of every Julien Coudray 1518 saves on any kind of chemical residue and lacquer, so there is no chemical treatment or lacquer. A retro-looking crown with Julien Coudray initials on its tip is also made from white gold.
Julien Coudray 1518 ‘Draw Me a Happy Child’ watch comes together with a hand-stitched black alligator strap lined with an alligator pattern. The wristlet ends with a solid 18-karat Pd125 white gold buckle with engraved pictogram which keeps the watch secured to the wrist.
As it is reported, in support of the Monaco Association Against Myopathy, Julien Coudray 1518 will approach children from other countries in the same way, to create other one-of-a-kind pieces on the same theme.