Biel/Bienne, 22 February 2018 – Five years after unveiling Ahton, his now legendary sculpture, master jeweller Andreas Altmann is applying his creativity and expertise to watches suffused with Haute Horlogerie. Timepieces that appeal not only for their style but also their watchmaking mechanisms.
Like an extension of the Giberg Swiss Noble Forge, the new Giberg Haute Horlogerie brand is an elegant demonstration of its mastery of time, just as Ahton was proof of its artistic dexterity, and is a worthy guardian of unique expertise. Andreas Altmann’s exceptional and original watches will be unveiled at the forthcoming Baselworld show.
Primal, wild, a master of chaos, for many civilisations the dragon was symbolic of evil. For others, it was a protector or an emblem of life and power. Ahton himself symbolises the rebirth of ancient mystical powers. His name, of Nordic origin, signifies “he who sees, he who thinks”. His creator, the Swiss artist Andreas Altmann, has bestowed him with powers of interior conviction founded on the knowledge of his own strength. Ahton is a masterpiece of the most exceptional craftsmanship imaginable, and a unique sculpture entirely hand-crafted by the artist and his Giberg Swiss Noble Forge team over a period of almost five years. Five kilograms of solid gold were required to produce the mystical beast, which is studded with 7739 diamonds weighing a total of 108 carats. As if captured in action, the dragon exudes the full power of his ferocity, with the eye drawn to his gleaming armour, his outspread wings, and the phantasmagoric fire he breathes from his savage mouth. Such power in Ahton’s artistic expression is due to the painstaking attention to detail, the strict use of materials and the undeniable expertise of Andreas Altmann’s team. The mythical beast Ahton is a worthy representative of Giberg Swiss Noble Forge, which strives to create unique pieces of the highest quality.
DEVOTED TO ART
A trained goldsmith and gemsetter, Andreas Altmann endeavours to create individual pieces in highly limited editions, for which he has no limits when it comes to meeting a customer’s desires. The master jeweller uses the most precious materials available to create incredible sculptures, each influenced in one way or another by history. Wisdom, power, the strength and courage of heroes, or the virtues are some of the subjects he chooses to give remarkable physical form. With its cutting-edge technical innovation and keen artistic vision, Giberg Swiss Noble Forge has become one of the world’s most accomplished specialists in handling and crafting the finest materials. This recognition is already a powerful affirmation of the haute horlogerie and joaillerie credentials of existing and future watches produced by the Giberg watchmaking brand.
Giberg Swiss Noble Forge has imbued its new Giberg Haute Horlogerie brand with its artistic expertise and brought a new vision of the art of reading the time. The company’s static art is thus brought to life by the calibre of Giberg Haute Horlogerie watches. This hand-wound mechanical movement, entirely designed in-house by the brand, offers a 72-hour power reserve provided by two barrels that drive the flying tourbillon positioned at 6 o’clock.
The transparent sapphire dial reveals the beauty of the watch’s mechanism, as it dances the light and gentle dance of time.
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