Heritier presents Le Movement: the world’s first mechanical clock –watch winder, designed by Julien Bonzom, Founder of Heritier.
Art mechanics involves a very particular know-how, and it is fast becoming a lost skill. Contrary to popular belief, a clock is not just a bigger watch. The mechanical object is a question of balance and harmony between each and every component taken separately and as a whole.
Julien’s passion is to enrich the fine craftsmanship and technique of the past with a vision for the future and create works of art designed to become part of tomorrow’s heritage. After spending over a decade designing pieces for others, Julien created Heritier -The Collection, a selection of iconic designs that showcase Heritier’s collaborations with designers, artists, and well-established brands. Le Movement is the first piece of the collection symbolising the company’s “le mouvement”.
Le movement from Latin means “change of position”, “passage from place to place”. “Movement” is a watch making term too, known as a caliber; the mechanism of a watch or timepiece. For Heritier, Le Movement marks the start of the moving into a new period of creating.
Julien had just moved to the UK and was busy settling into his new life in London. Not long after, during a meeting, a client watch enthusiasts and collector told Julien that “the wrist is a window into the soul. Just like any item in a good wardrobe, a watch has a lot to say about an individual’s personality. You need to swap or hide it depending on who you meet”.
And so the idea came to live: to design and develop a sculptural piece with two functional sides that can be swapped between a mechanical object and watch winder technology. A playful, yet functional object with different sides, so that like changing clothes and watches, one can chose to rotate the sculpture to the side they would like to display and enjoy, whilst at the same time fulfilling the needs of the owner. The clock side of Le Movement shows off the craftsmanship of the gold and palladium spring caliber. It represents a more conservative stance. Whereas the watch winder side of the piece is more avant-gardist with two winders under a glass for his &/or hers where the watches are safely stored and winded. Julien wanted the piece to be compact and suitable for one’s private homes, office and yacht.
What Julien conceived and designed is a mechanical sculpture piece, with a creative aesthetic that gives off a force that speaks to lovers of the truly exclusive. Challenging the known and assumed, he expresses his sensibility of the mechanics of time. This piece is new, unique.
Some watch collectors would hesitate to use a watch winder, because for them, manually winding their watches from time to time offers an intimate connection with the mechanical art piece. With Le Movement Julien aimed to translate this privacy between the piece and the owner, a privacy they fear would be lost by a standard watch winder.
Take a look at the rotative gate for example. In addition to the skeleton design and the role it plays to mimic a rotor of an actual watch, the gate has the double function of keeping dust tight from the watch winders when closed, and providing connection between the owner and the watch as the gate is only actioned through turning the crown. A “clin d’œil” from Julien.
Julien’s inspirations often come from traveling, nature and mechanic objects. This is also true for Le Movement. The blue anodised dial was inspired during a trek in Nepal. It represents the heights Julien and his team had to climb to achieve what they do today. And most importantly to show that simplicity can be a force. Each single geometric part was inspired by the Himalayas and has been brushed in multi directions giving a perpetual change of color and form during the day.
The entire piece has been fabricated & assembled in London, except for some clock parts that were ordered from the oldest German clock manufacturer, Hermle. The watch winder technology is developed and assembled in Switzerland by Apk cylinder.
The design goes further than this.
Only by owning it one would find the hidden in the piece engraved parts and will truly get to know Le Movement.