Chronopassion, Java style


Just how far can you take exclusivity and the craze for bespoke items? At the end of the day, the only limits are self-imposed. Recently, Chronopassion pushed back its own as far as... Java! That’s where Ivan Mulia of iVee Guitars, a luthier much esteemed by collectors, offered to make the Rue Saint-Honoré shop its first guitar: the “new-T Chronopassion”. That was eighteen months ago, in early 2015.

The guitar’s amazing aluminium body reflects the world of Chronopassion, engraved with the faces of master watchmakers, and their works distributed by Laurent Picciotto. Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, Stephan Sarpaneva, Giulio Papi of Audemars Piguet, and Felix Baumgartner of Urwerk are all there, surrounded by the Chronopassion universe: workings, motorbikes and other esoteric mechanical symbols that initiates alone will understand. Among the most iconic stars in this galaxy are an HM3 by MB&F and a Hublot Skull. The former’s double harkens feature on the volume and tone pots, “because right now, Max Büsser is the one setting the tone in independent watchmaking – and sometimes the volume too.”

What’s the point? “To have fun,” says Laurent Picciotto, without missing a beat. The piece celebrates the fun side of Chronopassion – and its constant quest to break down the barriers between disciplines, in a pioneering rock spirit that’s deliberately iconoclastic. The “new-T Chronopassion” is a unique piece, a genuine work of art that’s not for sale, simply a source of pure delight – on display only at 271 Rue Saint-Honoré.