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Important watches på Stockholms auktionsverk

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Diskussion i 'Diskussion' startad av andheg, 4 maj 2016.

  1. andheg

    andheg Friends of KS

    Hittade detta på ansiktsboken...vackert!

    In this day and age, we like to think of ourselves as superior in intellect to those whom came before us, because of our advanced technology... Little do we realize, that in many cases, this technological arrogance has robbed us of our creativity and craftsmanship.

    Case in point; Parmigiani Fleurier is a noted high-end watchmaker. It also runs a restoration shop to bring old watches back to life. Not content with just timepieces, the company took on the unusual project of restoring a crazy-ornate 200-year-old pistol. Parmigiani Fleurier describes this process as "setting [the pistol] free from the torments of time."

    The pistol is nothing like we normally imagine such a gun to look. It's not a big hunk of silver iron. It's a delicate two-barreled device coated in jewels and gold. The watchmaker traces the gun's origin to around 1815 and to well-known automata maker Freres Rochat.

    Rochat specialized in bird automata that flap their wings, move their heads and chirp, and this is the secret hidden inside the ornate pistol restored by Parmigiani Fleurier. You pull the hammer and squeeze the trigger. Instead of releasing a bullet, it frees a tiny beautiful songbird painstakingly covered in colorful feathers. It tweets and sings before disappearing back into the barrel.

    The pistol arrived at the watchmaker in very poor condition in early 2014, which gives you an idea of just how challenging the restoration was to complete. "Over the decades, no less than six interventions had been carried out on the artifact, most of which were rash, faulty and had ended up distorting the artifact as a whole," the company reports.

    Parmigiani Fleurier released a video of the pistol in action last week, giving a lovely close-up look at the fluttering automaton along with a peek at the delicate mechanisms inside that make the wonder possible!

    If it took at least 6 other masters, years, with all of our technology on hand to restore, imagine how long it took it's original creator to design and craft?... each gear, cog and screw... each carving, inlay and scroll... All done BY HAND!!! :O

    Truly one of the most spectacular examples of Victorian era ingenuity and craftsmanship left in existence.. A masterpiece of masterpices!!
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