At MONOCHROME, we are consistently glad to introduce new watchmaking talents and their work. 21-year-old Remy Cools is one of them. A new alumni of the Lycée Edgar Faure in Morteau, a French town close to the Swiss boundary, Remy is one of the victors of the 2018 young talent grants given by F.P. Journe. A serious amazing foundation for a particularly young man who has retained the information and applied it in the metal. His watch, the montre d’école tourbillon (school watch in French) is definitely justified even despite a look.
The montre d’école is the watch Cools completed to graduate as a watchmaker, following six years spent at the Lycée Edgar Faure. He delivered it as a rule all alone, making the case, the hands and the development (incompletely utilizing the stuff train of a type 6497/Unitas). Generally speaking, it needed more than 800 hours of (for the most part hand) work!
Among his wellsprings of motivation, Cools makes reference to incredible experts of the past, for example, Breguet or Houriet and contemporary watchmakers like Daniels or F.P. Journe. All things considered, his montre d’école is novel and exceptionally close to home. While clearly joining exemplary shapes and components, its plan feels present day. The spotless, basic esthetics place the accentuation on profundity and measurement. The hours and minutes are offset with the goal that the enormous tourbillon can be organized to full impact, turning over the principle plate. The completing is intricate yet restrained.
The watch is fueled by a hand-wound development suggestive of those found in pocket watches. The stuff train is that of a type 6497 however the oscillator has been supplanted by a huge one-minute tourbillon. The getaway haggle of the 6497 have been adjusted. Ticking at a customary 18,000 vibrations each hour, the 13mm bi-metallic free-sprung balance wheel comes from a 1900s pocket watch. The rest was completely handmade by Cools, including the hairspring and its Phillips terminal curve.
The ébauche of the fundamental plate and the extensions have been designed from metal with the CNC machine of his watchmaking school and afterward got done with a dance exhausting machine. Cools makes reference to that the customary plan of the ventured spans is a gesture to crafted by George Daniels.
All the level surfaces of the development are grained, the extensions are rhodium-plated and the plate is gold-plated. The points are amazingly hand-chamfered. All the level surfaces of the steel parts are dark cleaned. Altogether, a combination of conventional improvements and current inspiration.
Measuring 42mm in distance across, the 316L steel case is finished off with an amazing, exceptionally domed gem giving pride of spot to the development and its uncovered tourbillon. It includes no crown except for two even flip-up keys at the rear of the watch to wind the development and set the time. While completing his venture, Cools needed to consolidate an alternate winding/setting system to his task, rather than the old style crown/keyless work combination.
The hours and minutes sign gives an ideal contrast to the tourbillon. The Breguet-style hands have been made by hand. These are blued-steel and mounted on a chaton.
We want to enjoy all that life has to offer to Remy Cools for his promising watchmaking vocation. In any case, for the present, caps off to this exceptional Tourbillon montre d’école. For more data and pictures about Remy Cools work, www.instagram.com/remycools .