STROM - Strom Draco Sertie
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
STROM - Strom Draco Sertie

Strom Draco Sertie

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The power of the dragon

Draco… Fantasy and wonder For the second timepiece in the Agonium collection, Draco, Daniel Strom gives a creature of legend - the dragon - pride of place. A fearsome guardian, imperious enemy or celestial demon? The dragon inspires as many questions as it has guises. Yet this extraordinary beast is unique as a symbol of divine power. Far from a creature of ill omen, an animal with a hidden darker side, the dragon represents the flow of life, and guarantees order and prosperity. Daniel Strom draws us into his world of fantasy where we voyage among legends and beliefs. He rekindles our old fascinations to restore a note of optimism and hope. Like Memento Mori, Draco is the bearer of a message. An indefinable treasure. A mystery and a symbol. Draco is intended above all as a metaphor. It is a symbolic jewel first, a timepiece second. Noble gold, silver, platinum and palladium lend their force and their qualities, allowing themselves to be wrought by the artist's talent. First skulls, then dragons and soon angels embody the myths which this watchmaker most values. The sculptural case protects the more delicate one that surrounds the movement, an ETA 2824 calibre (automatic). The "bone white" or black dial with a craquelure effect completes the picture, protected by a curved anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Time flows from twelve Arabic numerals, swept by polished hands. Movement Automatic, calibre Functions Hours, minutes and seconds Case Solid sterling silver, 18K gold, palladium or platinum, finished by hand Inner case in stainless steel Curved anti-reflective sapphire crystal Crown in the shape of a royal crown Water-resistant to 50 m / 5 ATM Dial "Bone white" or black Arabic numerals Gold-toned, white or black polished steel hands Strap Black Hornback alligator with dragon buckle in solid sterling silver, gold, palladium or platinum

Technical specifications

CASE :
  • 925 sterling silver
  • Stainless steel interior
  • The case is set with 92 round diamonds, diamond one triangular and 10 rubies
  • Water-resistant to 50 m / 5 ATM
DIAL :
  • The dial is handmade with Japanese technique Urushi, each one is unique !
MOVEMENT :
  • Mechanical automatic winding
 
STRAP :
  • Alligator Hornback
  • The buckle is set with 28 round brilliant and two rubies.

Who's who

It’s extremely rare for Laurent Picciotto to admit that he’s selected a timepiece without having had any interest in its movement! But he cheerfully admits as much in this case: in choosing Strom, he chose a brand that had “absolutely no pretentions when it came to watchmaking.” So what lay at the origin of the fatal attraction between the owner of Chronopassion and the sculptor of these items with their apocalyptic patterns? “The case,” he confesses. “Everything is in the work on the case and its engravings – intense, with hints of gothic and steampunk.” That said, it’s not the first time an enthusiast for this kind of external design has called at rue Saint Honoré. But to his regret, Laurent Picciotto has usually found the watches of this ilk he’s been offered to be “rather too cheap and cheerful”. Indeed, not a few artists – or would-be artists – have long attempted to conceal fairly rough and ready production behind theoretically impressive designs. At Strom however, style and good workmanship go hand in hand. The first radical, uncompromising watch features angels of death and skulls in sturdy, hand-finished silver cases. These are etched by a skilled engraver onto plain or jewel-studded cases, accompanied by mother-of-pearl dials. The level of finishing and detailing is not immediately perceptible. Laurent Picciotto himself admits that he had often glanced at photos of these watches without them having really caught his attention. It took a call from a friend for him to slip one onto his wrist. Apparently, his friend’s pitch was along the lines of “come on over, I’ve got something really original to show you.” Picciotto replied that he was familiar with the visuals but wasn’t interested in the watch. But in the end he went to see his friend – whereupon he too was mesmerised by the compelling power of the timepieces. In accepting Strom at Chronopassion, Laurent Picciotto is well aware that he is introducing a potentially divisive element. “When you decide to offer such individualistic watches, half your customers will find them to be unwearable, whereas the other half will suddenly find they can’t live without one for a moment longer.” It’s not the first time that a watch at Chronopassion has been the subject of lively debate – and it definitely won’t be the last.

Journalist : Olivier Müller (11/2012)

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