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The 3D Printed Watches of Dutch Watchmaker Michiel Holthinrichs – Part 2, Up Close with the Ornament 1

The 3D Printed Watches of Dutch Watchmaker Michiel Holthinrichs – Part 2, Up Close with the Ornament 1

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After presenting Michiel Holthinirichs as a watchmaker and brand yesterday , it is the ideal opportunity for an inside and out survey of the Holthinrichs Ornament 1. I previously clarified a few components of the 3D printing used to make Michiel’s first watch, however feel it is imperative to underline the way that this is certainly not a gimmicky watch. It’s anything but a watch that inclines toward the idea of 3D printing, this is a watch that consolidates 3D printing into its plan and design . It’s not the first occasion when we explore 3D printing, but rather the Holthinrichs Ornament 1 takes 3D printing to an altogether different level.

Besides making the Ornament 1, Michiel Holthinrichs likewise purchases, reestablishes and sells vintage watches, all from his little comfortable atelier in the recorded piece of Delft, in the Netherlands. A cool spot to visit, and a moving zone with regards to engineering, the Art Deco period which rouses Michiel as a draftsman and configuration graduate, is noticeable all through, beginning with the entryway and the tiled floor. A fitting climate for a little, free watchmaker working really hard to make his dream.

The first creation from Holthinrichs Watches, the Ornament 1, is a watch that is intensely impacted by Michiel’s adoration for design and his upbringing  – his father was an architect and his mother a craftsman. It follows a couple of exemplary plan codes, similar to the evenness of the dial and the extents and arrangement of the hands. Another gesture to vintage watchmaking is the frontloaded development which keeps the measurements unobtrusive, yet more on that later.

Overall appearance and features

The Holthinrichs Ornament 1 looks misleadingly basic and vintage from the outset sight. Not a weird sensation, obviously, considering Michiel’s love of vintage watches. His enthusiasm for plan and vintage watches is a magnificent motivation with regards to watchmaking design. The watch is a delight to wear; thin, lightweight, unassumingly measured and with little contacts that give it a soul.

It sets aside some effort to discover and appreciate all the little contacts and research the subtleties. Welcoming you to cooperate with a watch, is to me, one of the elements that change a decent watch into a pleasant watch, from simply one more mechanical watch to a champion piece in your collection.

The extents of the Holthinrichs Ornament 1, something vital to how we experience configuration, are practically slam into. Also, sure, a few group may be into another style of watches, yet looking at this one it’s elusive something to bandy with.

Case and strap

The most fascinating part is the development of the instance of this Holthinrichs Ornament 1. As I clarified in my past article  about the man, his image and 3D printing, it is an interaction of experimentation, a learning-by-doing encounter. A modest bunch of sudden components must be taken into the condition. Elements like the strength of the printed parts, heat settlement, resiliences of not exactly a hundredth of a millimeter, all these can influence the end result if an answer has not been found.

The interaction of the 3D printing includes building a section layer by layer, a fourth of a millimeter at a time. The unpleasant completing of the parts subsequent to printing should be prepared and hand-completed to get them to watch industry guidelines. Eventually, it gives you a remarkable looking watch, remaining consistent with customary watchmaking by fusing present day technology.

The eventual outcome is a 38mm wide steel case with a sensible thickness of 10mm. A slim bezel takes into consideration a generally huge dial, which is covered by a vintage-styled, domed Plexiglas, crushed set up so it projects somewhat over the bezel. Something imperative to note is that the situation of Holthinrichs Ornament 1 is made out of one section, regardless. There is no different bezel, no bound on carries, no sandwich development, only one 3D printed piece.

The caseband and hauls uncover the inborn capability of this strategy. The side of the case is profoundly inward, with crown watches rising up out of the profundities of the caseband on one side, and the Holthinrichs signature name on the other. The striking differentiation between the profoundly cleaned bezel, the upper and lower surfaces of the case and hauls combined with the grainy, incomplete surface of the caseband and within the drags is exceptionally amazing! It truly shows you the various prospects accessible with 3D printing. The openworked hauls are not welded to the case, similar to I previously referenced, yet they appear to be sandwiched in the caseband, giving them the look of being an independently machined part. This is halfway because of an overly unobtrusive, slim hole behind the hauls, so it appears they are not a fixed part.

When it comes to the tie, there is a wide scope of materials and shadings to look over, yet nothing excessively extravagant. Ostrich or certified croc in different tones can be picked, however in the event that you need something different, Michiel can take care of you. The tie is appended to the wrist with a printed steel pin buckle.

Dial and hands

The dial of the Holthinrichs Ornament 1 is accessible two or three renditions. There is the ruthenium dial adaptation you see here, yet in addition a glossy silk silver completing is conceivable. Holthinrichs Watches additionally offers the Delft Blue Limited Edition, a run of 10 pieces that give proper respect to the celebrated white-and-blue porcelain from Delft.

Talking about extents once more, the dial is totally fragmented from the hands outward. Looking at the base portion of the dial, you will locate the focal hub, the hub for the little seconds, the tip of great importance marker and the edge of the dial, which are for the most part equidistant to each other. The top part is developed similarly and fuses the watchmaker’s mark. Another trace of the ideal extents on the dial is found in the length of the hands. The moment hand arrives at the specific center of the part ring, and the cut-out segment of the hands relates to the inward and external elements of the little seconds sign. As a side note; the human mind is modified to perceive extents and evenness and considers protests that are equitably divided to be more appealing. Think about the Golden Ratio in mathematics, another one of those fundamental components in engineering and design.

The hands are made out of a similar sort of steel as the case, albeit not 3D printed but rather laser-cut. Both the hours and minutes hands have been burrowed out, linking them thematically to the hauls and the general plan of the watch. Furthermore, the hands have a twofold completion, cleaned on one side and brushed on the other. A little, strong, coordinating little seconds hand sits over a recessed subdial, enriched with concentric circles.


As Michiel Holthinrichs is vigorously impacted by vintage watches, it appears to be entirely sensible that he chose a vintage-styled development. The hand-wound Peseux/ETA 7001 development downplays the watch tallness of 10 millimeters. As per Michiel, this development welcomes the proprietor to communicate with the watch, which I can identify with. A hand-wound development makes you all the more actually included compared to programmed winding.

The development is mounted on the front to keep the stature of the watch down to a base and comparable to vintage extents. It additionally disposes of the requirement for a full case back that encases the development, and a recessed screw partially houses a sapphire gem to permit a perspective on the movement.

This development can be found in undeniably more complicated watches as it is one of those traditionally planned developments that consider a lot of customisation and transformation to show something beyond hours, minutes and seconds. Consider Ludovic Ballouard, who additionally utilizes portions of a Peseux 7001 development as a base for his Upside Down watch or the Hautlence HL Ti 01 .

The development started during the 1970s and was made by Peseux before it was purchased by ETA. It has a force hold of around 42 hours and measures 23.3mm in width with a super dainty thickness of simply 2.5mm. Blued screws and level Côtes de Geneve embellishment give it some slick contacts. After requesting, you can likewise choose an individual etching or beautification to truly make it your own.


Besides the “standard” Holthinrichs Ornament 1, the watch can be tweaked to your own longings. The case can be created in titanium and even gold, and you can have an individual message of up to ten digits inside the caseband, where the Holthinirichs brand name is presently situated. On the rear of the watch, you can likewise decide for custom etching and design of the movement.

The Holthinrichs Ornament 1 is restricted to an all out creation run of 250 pieces, paying little mind to the variety or material for the case. Indeed, even redid pieces and the Delft Blue structure part of that limit, which is numbered between the drags on the base side of the case.


In short, the Holthinirichs Ornament 1 is a traditionally roused watch that utilizes 3D printing to take the plan and development of the case to another level. It fuses subtleties you can’t accomplish in generally built cases. The Ornament 1 flaunts many energizing subtleties that hold it back from becoming gimmicky. It is a watch with an obvious vision of what it needs to be, with no superfluous ornaments and dedicated to the way of thinking of its creator.

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