Fiona Krüger Entropy I (Chaos Collection)

Launched in June 2018, Fiona Krüger’s second collection of timepieces is inspired by the laws of physics which dictate that, as time passes, things always move from a state of order towards a state of disorder or chaos, and never the reverse.

Entropy I watch is named after the concept of entropy used in physics to explain the second law of Thermodynamics, and subsequently the passing of time. The second law of thermodynamics says that entropy always increases with time. Everyone has an intuitive understanding that time moves forward, that broken glass will not un-shatter, spilled milk will not un-spill. The scientific explanation of this is a concept called entropy, which explains that things always go from a state of order towards a state of disorder or chaos, but never the reverse.

The heart of Fiona Krüger’s Chaos collection is her Chaos movement, developed with Geneva based movement manufacturer Agenhor exclusively for her brand. Developing her own movement allowed Fiona the opportunity to create a dynamic mechanical drawing, fully integrating the aesthetic and mechanical aspects of her designs. The mechanism has been designed mid-explosion, as a snapshot of time passing. This intricate manual wind movement has a 50 hour power reserve.

Most mechanical watch movements are conceived to be as compact as possible, often resulting in a round shape. Krüger wanted to stretch out her movement, as though it was exploding, and in doing so reveal as many of the beautiful components as she could. The gear train stretches out the length of the mechanism, displaying each wheel on the path towards the erupting balance wheel. The shattered hour and minute wheels have been pushed off-centre and the bursting barrel of the main-spring is visible through the exploding main plate and bridges in the top right of the movement. As you wind up your watch the barrel turns, animating the eruption. Each distinctive section of the beautifully finished movement is delicately framed by various size explosions, building up in layers from the movement’s bridges to the main-plate.

The graphic look of the bridges and main plate was achieved by developing a bespoke production process, combining familiar techniques and finishings in a new way. The plates and bridges have a brushed finish with a black PVD coating, while the openings and the larger surface explosion on the front of the movement were created with laser technology and a galvanic colouring process in either gold or rhodium.

Entropy I is the second offering from the Chaos collection. These graphic timepieces come in three colours: Black Bang, Cobalt Crash and Purple Pow, limited to 18 pieces each.

The design of the partly-skeletonised dials reveals the most dynamic elements of the brand’s bespoke Chaos caliber beneath, integrating the mechanism into the aesthetic of the watch face. Glinting silicium bursts around the exposed balance wheel and main spring barrel, contrasted by a crisp polished outline. The remaining dial elements have a sun brushed finish, streaming outwards from the centre of the shard hands. Exploding hour markers on the underside of the sapphire indicate the time. These metallic fragments add to the feeling of depth as the explosion makes its way up through the watch. The titanium case acts as a thin frame around the intricate watch, with generous openings at the front and back to reveal as much of the movement as possible.

The multi-layer dials of this watch are partly skeletonised to reveal specific components of the Chaos movement beneath, integrating the mechanism into the aesthetic of the watch face. They are comprised of 5 parts spread over two levels:

  • Level 1: Polished base plate with openings for the balance wheel, escapement and barrel of the main spring.
  • Level 2: 2 sun-brushed elements with coloured finishing (anthracite, blue or black depending on the design), and 2 cut out silicium explosions which are positioned around the openings in the dial (in black, blue or purple colour, depending on the design). The gap left between these level two elements reveals a graphic line of the polished base-plate acting as a crisp outline around the silicium.

Polished shard hour and minute hands hover above the movement: a large white lacquer hand indicates the hours, and a skeletonized hand with lacquer detail indicates the minutes. Metallic fragments on the underside of the sapphire mark the hours. These floating indices add to the feeling of depth.

The 3-part watchcase acts as a subtle frame around the intricate movement. Its deceptively simple form follows the shape of the movement itself, with its crown at 12h the only symmetrical element to this otherwise unconventional watch. The case and crown have a mix of brushed and polished finishes, highlighting every angle and facet of their design.

Entropy I timepiece is available in 3 colour variations, each limited to 18 pieces each.

Technical details

Model: Entropy I, Black Bang

Case
Titanium with brushed and polished finishing & black DLC inner ring
Case size: 48 x 40 mm (length x width), 8.1mm thick
Glass: Sapphire with exploding metal hour markers

Dial
5 part 2-layered skeleton dial with polished outline, silicium explosion and sun-brushed plates.
Layer 1: Hand-polished skeleton layer with rhodium plating
Layer 2: Sun brushed finish with anthracite colouring and black coloured silicium eruptions
Hands: Polished hands with white lacquer details

Movement
Mechanical Manual movement, CHAOS I, developed with Agenhor.
Manual wind movement with 50 hours power reserve, 3.2 mm thick.
Two-tone finishing: black satin finish with Rhodium-plated exploding openings. Hand-finished components, including engraved and hand-painted exploding barrel and shattering skeletonised hour wheel. Patented AgenPitregulator.

Bracelet
Hand-stitched technical fabric
Buckle: Titanium pin buckle

Model: Entropy I, Cobalt Crash

Case
Titanium with brushed and polished finishing & blue PVD inner ring
Case size: 48 x 40 mm (length x width), 8.1mm thick
Glass: Sapphire with exploding metal hour markers

Dial
5 part 2-layered skeleton dial with polished outline, silicium explosion and sun-brushed plates.
Layer 1: Hand-polished skeleton layer with rhodium plating
Layer 2: Sun brushed finish with sky blue colouring and blue coloured silicium eruptions
Hands: Polished hands with white lacquer details

Movement
Mechanical Manual movement, CHAOS I, developed with Agenhor.
Manual wind movement with 50 hours power reserve, 3.2 mm thick.
Two-tone finishing: black satin finish with Rhodium-plated exploding openings. Hand-finished components, including engraved and hand-painted exploding barrel and shattering skeletonised hour wheel. Patented AgenPit regulator.

Bracelet
Hand-stitched technical fabric
Buckle: Titanium pin buckle

Model: Entropy I, Purple Pow

Case
Titanium with brushed and polished finishing &black DLC coating
Case size: 48 x 40 mm (length x width), 8.1mm thick
Glass: Sapphire with exploding metal hour markers

Dial
5 part 2-layered skeleton dial with polished outline, silicium explosion and sun-brushed plates.
Layer 1: Hand-polished skeleton layer with gold plating
Layer 2: Sun brushed finish with black colouring and purple coloured silicium eruptions
Hands: Polished hands with white lacquer details

Movement
Mechanical Manual movement, CHAOS I, developed with Agenhor.
Manual wind movement with 50 hours power reserve, 3.2 mm thick.
Two-tone finishing: black satin finish with gold-plated exploding openings. Hand-finished components, including engraved and hand-painted exploding barrel and shattering skeletonised hour wheel. Patented AgenPit regulator.

Bracelet
Hand-stitched technical fabric
Buckle: Titanium pin buckle with black DLC coating

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