It is consistently a joy for us at MONOCHROME to find new watchmaking abilities. Today we are taking a gander at Antonin Falk and the watch he created to complete his watchmaking contemplates. A 19-year-old from Savoy, Antonin Falk is considering watchmaking in Morteau, a town close to the Swiss boundary and Le Locle/La Chaux-de-Fonds. He was named ‘Best Apprentice in France’ (MAF Or National Horlogerie 2016) handcrafting a Breguet hand and pipe.
The montre d’école, or school watch, is the watch that Antonin Falk completed to graduate (Brevet des Métiers d’Art). He delivered it to a great extent all alone, making the case, the hands and the complication (the development depends on an ETA 6497). Notwithstanding the star wheel complication he submitted for his recognition work, he likewise needed to honor a famous figure/development from the past.
Antonin chose to honor the incredible marine chronometer producers taking motivation from crafted by Berthoud, Arnold, Leroy and Breguet. His thought was to utilize an off-focus sub-dial much the same as those found on marine chronometers and consolidate a retrograde hand. The hours are ‘set out’ on the retrograde moment hand making a lively and unique sign. The accompanying video shows this perfectly.
Antonin Falk needed to plan a component to ensure that the hour would hop one way in particular. He took motivation from the ‘lost beat’ detent escapement often utilized for marine chronometers. To solidify the ‘tribute’ theme, the stabilizer for the hand is produced using lead. The method used to complete the development is ‘charbonage’ (coal cleaning). The dial is silvered.
Measuring 45mm in distance across, the case is additionally a reference to the marine chronometer. The vast majority of the parts were made utilizing customary techniques and watchmaking instruments (dance drill, lathe, processing machine). The cam and the rack spring have been fabricated on a CNC. The hand and graduated area have been laser cut. The wide range of various parts have been completely hand-made. For example, the lead stabilizer was made by dissolving fishing weights.
We want to enjoy all that life has to offer to Antonin for his promising watchmaking vocation… congrats on this splendid creation. For more data and pictures, kindly visit www.instagram.com/antonin_falk .