Our environment gives birth to fascinating concepts and designers have been inspired by nature for centuries. The same is true of the signature design of Gimbutis (a jewelry/watch brand founded by Romas Gimbutis). It was inspired by the pine cone, which, like many plants, illustrates the Fibonacci sequence, or golden ratio, in its structure. Curved lines and three-dimensional seed scale patterns combine to create a modern, non-conformist artistic expression. Celebrating the success of the brand’s Pinecone jewelry, Gimbutis has now launched a selection of watches, and today we’re looking at the Avantgarde Pinecon Skeleton in white gold.
The first thing that catches your eye with the Gimbutis Avantgarde is its extroverted, non-conformist design. Subconsciously symmetrical and organic, its tonneau-shaped case stands out with smooth curves, dramatic arcs and a distinctive three-dimensional surface inspired especially by pine cone seed scale. Measuring 42.65mm x 38.38mm, the case is crafted in 18k white gold. Thanks to the overall ergonomic case, the watch wears smaller than its dimensions suggest and sits beautifully on the wrist. Water resistance is rated at 3ATM.
Equally expressive in this singular case is the movement of the skeleton, which transparently reveals its inner workings and whose structure is decorated with different materials and finishes along with the depth of the volume. The rough and sensual rhythm of the curves of the watch face forms a mechanical lace motif with concentric circles; The two barrels, once again inspired by the pincone, are visible through the admirable designs on the balance wheel and the filigree-like motif. Dauphin-style hands are filled with luminous material for hours and minutes for easy reading in the dark.
To create the Avantgarde Pinecone Skeleton’s architectural openworked movement, Gimbutis teamed up with Telos, a high-grade, niche movement designer/producer based in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The company was founded by Frank Orney and Johnny Girardin, who were behind Harry Winston’s Opus 14, Metamorphosis and the Reservoir Jumping Hour Module for Montblanc – among other projects. Their 231-part self-winding mechanical movement for Gimbutis is flawlessly performed. The openworked caliber RG19 is a movement running at 4 Hz and offers a comfortable power reserve (72 hours) thanks to its twin barrels. By turning the watch over, the exhibition caseback lets you discover the other side of the movement and its openworked rotor.
Gimbutis Avantgarde Pinecone Skeleton White Gold is presented on a light blue integrated tapering rubber strap, which, along with the curve of the caseback, creates a perfect fit. It is secured to the wrist with a white gold folding clasp. The model was released in a special limited edition of five pieces only ‘handmade in Geneva’. Above all, the watch is an original statement in craftsmanship and solid design. The price is fixed EUR 39,770.
For more information, please visit www.gimbutis.com.