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V1-X

V1-X ART PIECE UNIQUE

Our driving vision for the latest VAULT creation was to unleash our creativity and to kick-off the first of several art pieces under the V1-X label.

The first featured artist is Laurent Auberson who also designed the VAULT V1. The project brief was to mesh abstract minimalist art with cutting-edge mechanics as found in the V1.

HOW IT WORKS

The singular element that makes the V1-X so unique is how you read it. While the minutes are read in the conventional way (via the outer dial), the hour is displayed on a unique rotating disc which highlights the current hour of the day.
Every time the watch is set, the movement and dial rotate at different speeds, changing the position of the gears which display the hours. It’s easiest to understand when you see it for yourself, but in practise this means that the layout of the dial will change every time the watch is set. Time never repeats; neither should your watch.

THE DESIGN

Available in steel or titanium, the V1 embodies our personal spin on industrial design. It’s no mystery where we got our inspiration; where else would we lock away a treasure like our in-house movement than inside our own horological vault? From that one thought we designed the V1 to not only look like an imposing bank vault, but to be constructed like one. After all, if time is money, your watch should be Fort Knox.

V1-X STORY

VISION

Our driving vision for the latest VAULT creation was to unleash our creativity and to kick-off the first of several art pieces under the V1-X label.
The first featured artist is Laurent Auberson who also designed the VAULT V1. The project brief was to mesh abstract minimalist art with cutting-edge mechanics as found in the V1.
In case of the V1-X, we decided to use the sapphire crystal disc, which indicates the hours on a V1, just like an artist uses his canvas and add a pretty unique splash to the crystal.

ART MEETS MICRO MECHANICS

A paint splash has, in fact, a couple of fascinating aspects: first of all, an artist can never fully control the shape and size of the splash – just like we cannot control time – but actually it is formed by the time between the instant of impact and the colour reaching its solid state.
We might not be able to control time but we are able to manage it. Especially in our fast-paced lives, we have found ways to bring in some structure to the perceived chaos surrounding us. Symbolically for this structure, Laurent managed to integrate a way to read the hours using cleverly applied negative space in the splash and a pyramid shape creating an easy and exciting way to read time.

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

To make the V1-X stand out at night, RC-Tritec applied orange Super-LumiNova to the sapphire disc, which creates a super cool halo effect around the disc. Lumicast 5-minute markers frame the art piece adequately and make the watch pop in the dark.
To round off the art piece Mirea Marian, our master strap maker, created a matching crocodile leather strap with hand painted orange accents.

SPECIFICATION

CASE

  • 4 part case
  • 316lSteel
  • 39mm Width
  • 46.7mm Length
  • 15mm Thickness
  • Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Solid 316l steel case back
  • Titanium screws with signature VAULT screw head profile
  • Titanium 2-part crown

MOVEMENT

  • V01 automatic movement (exclusively made for VAULT by Uhrteil AG)
  • Inertia regulated balance wheel
  • Power reserve: ca. 50 hours
  • Frequency: 21`600 vph

Special features

Unique hour indication (Orange Super-Luminova applied to a
sapphire crystal disc with double anti-reflective coating)
Orange Lumicast 5-minute markers

STRAP

Hand crafted and painted alligator strap in black and orange.

DESIGN

CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO IN WATCHMAKING

Laurent’s Signature, which is an integral part of the splash featured on the V1-X, stands for two things:

– In a truly artistic manner, an artist should sign his artwork.

– Associating the name of the designer with the watch he has designed is very seldomly done in the industry and in our view a big issue which needs to be addressed. Lots of designers struggle in the business as they are not allowed to refer to their creations, making it increasingly difficult for indie designers to survive. The signature, therefore, is our way to protest against the status quo in the world of watchmaking.

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