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FIONA KRÜGER MECHANICAL ENTROPY BLACK/RHODIUM REVIEW


A watch which captures the imagination, and thrills the aesthetic senses, the Mechanical Entropy Black & Rhodium movement edition by Fiona Krüger is a complex timepiece which is brimming with energy and originality. Uniquely expressive, its composition contradicts the orderly passage of time, and replaces it with the scientific principle of the forward motion of order towards chaos. The prestige of the model is further elevated by the technically challenging arrangement of its mechanical movement, developed in partnership with specialist movement developer Agenhor.


Blurring the lines between artistic expression and Haute Horlogerie Fiona Krüger watches are statements of the artist’s philosophy of life and her well considered approach to design. With a background in Fine Art and Product Design, followed by a Masters of Advance Studies in Design for the Luxury Industry at ECAL in Switzerland, Fiona established her eponymous company in 2013. Having collaborated with some of the most prestigious names in the watch industry, her timepieces are indicative of her eye for detail and her knowledge of mechanical horology, and her evolving portfolio of exclusive timepieces blend the two disciplines harmoniously, resulting in an extraordinary collection defined by originality.  


Manufactured from titanium, and with a black PVD inner ring, the case of the watch is tonneau-shaped and sized at 48mm by 40mm. Beautifully finished with brushed and polished techniques, it features a crown positioned topmost, and a sculpted bezel which provides a frame for the extraordinary three-dimensional miniature artwork which makes up the dial. Comprising of a multi-layer architecture, the façade has been created to showcase specific components of the calibre through shatter effect openworked sections, rendered in monochrome tones achieved through rhodium plating and black satin finishing. Immediately arresting, it appears as if the calibre is attempting to break free of its housing, and glimpses of its exposed skeletonised hour wheel, finishing with the hand-painted “exploding” barrel at the top right sector, serve to enhance the illusion. Off-centred, the shard shaped hour and minutes hands add to the effect, and emphasising the three-dimensional aspect, the hour markers which explode inwards, have been rendered onto the underside of the sapphire crystal.


Displaying an entirely wholistic approach, the calibre and watch have been designed and created as one. The result of a collaborative partnership with Geneva based movement innovators Agenhor, the CHAOS 1 mechanical manual wind movement which has a power reserve of 50 hours, exhibits an in-line architecture, with the gear train along the length of the mechanism. Beautifully hand finished throughout, but with a firmly contemporary feel, the airy arrangement of the movement can also be enjoyed though the open sections on the reverse side of the watch.


An exceptional, technically accomplished timepiece and a superb example of contemporary independent watchmaking, the Mechanical Entropy (black & gold movement) by Fiona Krüger is a limited edition of 40 pieces. The model comes with a hand-stitched technical fabric watch strap, secured with titanium pin buckle.



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