Over the last four years I have seen many changes in the world horology. Certainly it isn’t anywhere near as buoyant as it was and many companies have completely disappeared. For that reason, it is hard to build sustainable relationships because it is a transient industry. For example, key marketing staff (who have waxed lyrical about their products) have moved into completely unrelated fields. However, there are credible people that have stayed the course and made prudent choices. A great example is a gentleman called Kalust Zorik.
When I first was introduced to Kalust Zorik he was acting as a consultant for a company Gergé Swiss. Over the last few years I have kept in contact with Kalust and have discovered he is now the Chief Marketing Officer for a watchmaker called Kerbedanz. The business is the brainchild of Tigran Kerbedanz, who has a penchant for exquisite design. This passion is clearly visible in their supreme range of handcrafted timepieces. Normally I focus primarily on masculine watches but the companies ‘Tree of Life’ is so beautiful I was compelled to make an exception.
The ‘Tree of Life’ is a striking timepiece that almost has a sculptural appearance. Certainly this work of art has been designed for the most discerning female collectors. Dimensionally the timepiece has a larger than average extravagant 18-Karat yellow gold case measuring 41mm. What makes this watch so superior is the dazzling emerald encrusted bezel and lugs. Other fine details include a meticulously handcrafted engraved open worked dial with luxurious diamond markers. Overall the composition is absolutely sublime and perfectly executed.
Powering the watch is a refined automatic movement devised by Kerbedanz and Swiss manufacturer Technotime. The Caliber KRB-03 comprises 35-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. This sensational hand decorated mechanism is visibly showcased through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. Functionally the ‘Tree of Life’ features hours, minutes and is water resistant to 50 metres.
The ‘Tree of Life’ is limited to only 41 pieces and has a green alligator strap with matching with 18K gold double folding clasp.