Established by Andreas Altmann, Bienne based atelier Giberg Swiss Noble Forge has now entered into luxury watch industry by creating the Giberg Haute Horlogerie brand to produce refined timepieces that combine fine watch making technique with sculptural art.
The first timekeeping piece from this venture is an elegant feminine watch with a delicate, Russian-inspired name: Niura.
Encrusted with 2,156 diamonds, this dazzling high-jewellery complication watch is a nod to a glorious age in which jewellery fused both art and breath-taking beauty, mirroring the lifestyles of the times.
To equip this timepiece, Andreas Altmann and his team developed a specific manual-winding mechanical movement named the Giberg Flying Tourbillon “Trilevis 6118” Manufacture Calibre, fitted with streamlined red hour and minute hands.
The tourbillon dial at 6 o’clock features ball bearings and is powered by two barrels mounted in series at 2 o’clock and 10 o’clock, lending the watch a power reserve of 72 hours. The dial and caseback are made from glare-free sapphire, allowing the wearer to watch the mechanical ballet unfurl from any angle.
The case measures 35mm in diameter and is nestled in a majestic structure of 47 × 97 mm. The watch is encrusted with 2,156 diamonds for a total of 8.7 carats, and is embellished with a ruby cabochon crown that sits to the right, with another decorative crown positioned on the left for an exquisitely subtle and elegant symmetrical effect.
The case pivots on an axis with a moving diamond-set arm, like hinges that wrap snugly around the wrist, perfectly encircling the wearer’s arm.
A fine structure, entirely set with diamonds, links the edges of the case to the lizard leather strap, on which a diamond-studded drop balances delicately.
The timepiece showcased here is in 5N red gold, set with 2,156 diamonds and 76 rubies, mounted on a garnet-coloured lizard leather strap. Other customizable colours will be made available upon ordering.
Model: Giberg Haute Horlogerie Niura Ladies’ Watch
Manual-winding mechanical movement, double-barrel Giberg Flying Tourbillon
“Trilevis 6118” Manufacture Calibre, 21,600 Vib/h, Power reserve of 72 hours
Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon
5N red gold, 35 mm, diameter of the entire structure covering the 47 × 97 mm casing, ruby cabochon crown and second decorative crown positioned symmetrically, casing encrusted with 2,156 diamonds (8.7 carats) and 76 rubies.
Water-resistant up to 30 metres(3 bar/100 ft)
Glare-free glass and sapphire caseback
Garnet-coloured lizard leather
Red pin buckle encrusted with 68 diamonds