FONDERIE 47

Fonderie 47 is a social venture whose mission is to reduce the number and impact of assault rifles and other small arms around the world.

Fonderie 47 works with leading designers and artists to create jewelry, watches and accessories, using steel from AK47s that are recovered from African war zones. In turn, the sale of each piece funds the destruction of a specific number of assault rifles in Africa.

Fonderie 47 − ‘fonderie’ is French for foundry (for melting and casting metal),’47’ for AK47 − was founded in 2009 by Peter Thum.

The founders were inspired to create Fonderie 47 by their own personal experiences of meeting children armed with assault rifles in Africa and their desire to transform this problem and engage others in this effort. The company’s programs are expanding to work to reduce the number and impact of small arms around the world.

Founded in 2009, the company launched its first collection in November of 2011 in New York City. Fonderie 47 programs have destroyed over 30,000 guns in Africa to date, working with the Nobel Prize winning NGO, Mines Advisory Group.

Mission

To date, Fonderie 47 has funded the destruction of over 30,000 assault rifles in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.  There are an estimated 20 million assault weapons in Africa. A large majority of these are AK47 variants. These estimates are based on production estimates, population distribution, surveys of confiscated weaponry, and information from NGOs.

Fonderie 47 is a social venture that consists of a for-profit company, and a not-for-profit corporation. The sale of each piece of jewelry funds the destruction of a specific number of assault rifles in Africa. The related amount of revenue is donated by the company to the not-for-profit, which in turn makes grants to NGOs that perform the weapon destruction programs.

Currently, grant funding is provided to the Nobel Prize winning, UK-based NGO, Mines Advisory Group, who in turn carries out the technical oversight and physical destruction of the weapons in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Burundi. Mines Advisory Group works conjunction with staff of the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo and of Burundi.

These assault rifles were collected from conflict by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the government of Burundi and the United Nations from combatants who have turned them over as part of the disarmament process at the cessation of combat. Once these weapons are destroyed, the scrap metal, which belongs to the government, is recycled locally.

In Africa, assault rifles cost about 70% less than anywhere else in the world. While prices have risen elsewhere since 1990, they have fallen in Africa. By reducing the supply of older, cheaper weapons, we aim to reduce the overall supply. We do not expect to stop the importation of weapons. However, since purchasing power is low in such conflict zones, while the cost of the replacement weapons from outside Africa is several times higher, we anticipate that the overall supply will decrease.

About Peter Thum, CEO and co-founder of Fonderie 47

Fonderie 47 CEO and founder Peter Thum began his business career with Gallo Winery and McKinsey & Company before becoming a social entrepreneur. Visits to Africa highlighted the widespread health issues caused by the lack of clean water and led Thum to launch the bottled water brand ‘Ethos Water’ in 2003 to fund safe-water projects in Africa.

Starbucks bought Ethos Water in 2005 and after the sale, Thum served as Vice President of Starbucks Corporation, operating the Ethos Water business, and as a Director of the Starbucks Foundation. Ethos Water has helped around half a million people around the world to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

While visiting safe water projects in Africa, Thum became aware of the problems caused by widespread availability of assault rifles, in particular the ubiquitous AK47. He decided to launch a luxury brand − something sending a positive message and far removed from the destructive arms − the profits from which would be used to destroy and eliminate these weapons.

In 2009 Fonderie 47 was launched, a venture that transforms AK47s from Africa into rare jewelry and exclusive high-end Swiss timepieces, which in turn fund the destruction of more weapons −over 30,000 destroyed to date.

Peter Thum also founded and is President of the non-profit Giving Water, which has helped over 6,000 schoolchildren in Africa to gain water and sanitation access and is Board Director of The Fund for Global Human Rights and an adviser to FEED Projects.

Collections by Fonderie 47

The mission to create a high-end mechanical watch incorporating metal from a destroyed AK47 began even before Fonderie 47 was founded, because it quickly became clear that the development and production of a completely original complicated haute horlogerie timepiece would take many years. Fonderie 47 has also worked with some of the world’s best designers and jewelers to create artistic pieces made from AK47 steel, precious metals and jewels.

Working with the Nobel Prize winning NGO Mines Advisory Group, to date Fonderie 47 has funded the destruction of over 30,000 assault rifles in war zones in Africa.

The Inversion Principle Collection offers exclusive mechanical timepieces and the jewellery creations from Fonderie 47 are available under Crucible, Phoenix and Crangi collections.

Inversion Principle is a completely original timepiece designed by Adrian Glessing and developed and produced by David Candaux/Du Val Des Bois exclusively for Fonderie 47. Revenues from the sale of each timepiece will be used fund the destruction of one thousand assault weapons in Africa, creating a safer environment for aid and development. This is a strategy that Peter Thum already implemented successfully in creating Ethos Water to fund clean water projects in Africa and around the world.

Inversion Principle Watches

The Phoenix collection by James de Givenchy

New York-based jewelry designer James de Givenchy’s Phoenix Collection for Fonderie 47 was inspired by the concept of the egg as a symbol of budding possibility, fundamental beauty, and the potential for rebirth.

The Phoenix Collection features handcrafted jewelry pieces for women and an objet d’art, an egg crafted from AK47 steel and diamonds. The pieces are crafted from AK47 steel sustainably sourced 18-karat rose gold and platinum, and conflict-free diamonds in Givenchy’s New York City studio. Each piece bears the serial number of the weapon used to create it. Each piece sold destroys a specific number of assault rifles in Africa.

The Crangi collection by Philip Crangi

Philip Crangi’s signet rings for men feature Fonderie 47 steel set in 18-karat gold. Each ring is custom crafted to customer specifications in Crangi’s New York City studio.

The Crangi collection also features earrings for women, with both 18-karat gold and Fonderie 47 steel from AK47s from Africa. Each piece bears the serial number of the weapon used to create it. Each piece sold destroys a specific number of assault rifles in Africa.

Official website: http://fonderie47.com

Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Red Gold Limited Edition

Introduced in 2013, the Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47 is a very exclusive haute horlogerie timepiece that incorporates a plate on the back made from the transformed steel of a destroyed assault weapon.

The elements and mechanisms of this wrist watch subtly evoke and discreetly feature key attributes of the AK47.

Inversion Principle is a completely original timepiece designed by Adrian Glessing and developed and produced by David Candaux/Du Val Des Bois exclusively for Fonderie 47. Revenues from the sale of each timepiece will be used fund the destruction of one thousand assault weapons in Africa, creating a safer environment for aid and development.

The Inversion Principle timepiece is now available in a Red Gold version. Inversion Principle Red Gold features a central three-minute flying tourbillion; instantaneous jumping hours with quick-set pusher; 240° retrograde minutes; lateral and back power reserve indicators; 18k red gold case; and ratchet wheel plated with transformed steel from a destroyed AK47.

Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Red Gold Limited Edition

Revenues from the sale of each Inversion Principle Red Gold will be used to fund the destruction of 1,000 assault weapons in Africa, creating a safer environment for aid and development.

Orbiting high above the movement, the central 3-minute flying tourbillon dominates the three-dimensional dial and mesmerizes the eye. Three second-hands, spaced 120° apart around the tourbillon cage, arc sedately across the seconds-scale above the tourbillon and Fonderie 47 name: ‘Sedately’ because the tourbillon revolves at just one third the speed of a traditional one-minute tourbillon.

Only one second-hand is visible at any time; the other two are hidden under the gold rifle-sight-inspired frame set into the sapphire crystal, their existence hinted at by blued screws joining the outer tourbillon cage and inner three-arm hub. A first glance is unlikely to divulge any obvious similarity between the jumping hours, retrograde seconds and an AK47. However, avoiding blatant connections is the aim.

Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Red Gold Limited Edition

On a more kinetic level, however, gun mechanisms snap sharply and precisely into place, as does the instantaneous jumping hour at 12 o’clock as it changes the hour, as well as the large 240° retrograde seconds hand as it flies back to zero each hour across the bottom of the dial. Each press of the quick-set pusher in the crown advances the jumping hours by one hour.

Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Red Gold Limited Edition

The long 6-day power reserve has both a lateral indication via a sapphire window set into the left side of the case band and a second indication visible through the display back.The display back reveals the stunning sunray guilloche pattern radiating out from the ratchet wheel, which is capped by a dark plate of transformed steel from a destroyed AK47.

Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Red Gold Limited Edition

The plate is in the form of the Fonderie 47 brand symbol and rotates as the watch is wound. 56-3701F42, the serial number of the destroyed weapon the metal is from, is elegantly hand engraved beside the plate.

Inversion Principle Red Gold is a limited edition of 10 pieces in red gold.

Technical details

Model: Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Red Gold Limited Edition

Key features
Central three-minute flying tourbillon; instantaneous jumping hours; 240° retrograde minutes; central seconds from tourbillon cage; crown pusher quick-set hour adjustment; six-day power reserve with both lateral and back indications; metal from transformed assault weapon.

Indications
Jumping hours, 240° retrograde minutes; central seconds on tourbillon cage; lateral power reserve indicator on case band and power reserve indicator on back

Case and strap
Material: 18k red gold (also available in 18k white gold version)
Sapphire crystal traversed by embedded gold bezel bridge framing tourbillon cage
Lateral sapphire window in case band for power reserve indicator
Dimensions: 42mm x 14.6mm
Water resistance: 30m/100’/3ATM
Dial: Translucent glass and sapphire crystal with enameled minutes and seconds
Strap and clasp: hand stitched alligator strap with gold pin buckle matching case. Brown leather with red gold case or black leather with white gold case

Movement
Caliber F47-001
Regulator: Central three-minute flying tourbillon
Tourbillon cage: gold counter weight and curved to follow sapphire crystal
Jumping hour: thin mechanism(patented)
Retrograde seconds: mechanism with light aluminum arm and precision regulator
LIGA plate: platform for tourbillon and fixed seconds wheel by Mimotech
Power reserve: six days
Balance frequency: 18,000bph (2.5Hz)
Balance spring: Breguet overcoil and distinctive balance spring stud
Jewels: 38
Steel plate from transformed AK47 − serial number’56-3701F42′ − in form of Fonderie 47 brand symbolon ratchet wheel visible through display back.
Finishing: Sun ray guilloche; hand engraving; hand polished bevels; heat-blued screws and power reserve indicator on back.

Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47

Inversion Principle is a completely original timepiece designed by Adrian Glessing and developed and produced by David Candaux/Du Val Des Bois exclusively for Fonderie 47.

Revenues from the sale of each timepiece will be used fund the destruction of one thousand assault weapons in Africa, creating a safer environment for aid and development. This is a strategy that Peter Thum already implemented successfully in creating Ethos Water to fund clean water projects in Africa and around the world.

While Inversion Principle is first and foremost a very exclusive haute horlogerie timepiece, subtle elements and mechanisms discreetly feature key attributes of theAK47. Each time piece incorporates a plate on the back made from the transformed steel of a destroyed assault weapon.

Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47

Orbiting on high above the movement, the central 3-minute flying tourbillon dominates the three-dimensional dial and mesmerizes the eye. Three second-hands, equally spaced 120° apart around the tourbillon cage, arc sedately across the seconds-scale above the tourbillon and ‘Fonderie 47′:’Sedately’ because tourbillon revolves at just 1/3 of the speed of a traditional one-minute tourbillon.

While only one second-hand is visible at any time − the other two are hidden under the gold rifle-sight inspired frame set into the sapphire crystal − their positions are revealed by blued screws joining the outer tourbillon cage and inner three-arm hub.

Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47

A first, or even a second, glance is unlikely to divulge any obvious similarity between jumping hours, retrograde seconds and an AK47; however, avoiding blatantly obvious connections is the aim.

On a more ethereal level however, gun mechanisms snap sharply and precisely into place: as does the instantaneous jumping hour at 12 o’clock as it changes the hour; and the large 240° retrograde seconds hand as it flies back to zero each hour across the bottom of the dial. Each press of the quick-set pusher in the crown advances the jumping hours by one hour.

Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47

The long 6-day power reserve has both a lateral indication via a sapphire window set into the left side of the case band and a second indication visible through the display back.

The display back reveals the stunning sunray guilloche pattern radiating out from the ratchet wheel, which is capped by adark plate of transformed steel from a destroyed AK47. The plate is in the form of the Fonderie 47 symbol and rotates as the watch is wound.

The serial number of the destroyed weapon,  ’56‑3701F42′  is elegantly hand engraved beside the plate. Inversion Principle is a limited edition of 20 pieces: 10 in white gold and 10 in red gold.

When Fonderie 47 founder Peter Thum first approached watchmaker/movement designer David Candaux, it was with a very ambitious request many said was impossible: Create a completely original and distinctive complicated high-end watch using the best of traditional Swiss watchmaking techniques…and it should incorporate aspects of the AK47 rifle, but without obviously looking like an AK47 style watch.

With a three-minute central flying tourbillon, instantaneous jumping hours and retrograde minutes that snap into place in sharp, precise actions similar to gun mechanisms, and a lateral power reserve indication providing a discreet visual link to the ejection port of an AK47, Candaux delivered all that and more.

Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47

Seen through a display back, the back of the movement features a stunning sunray guilloche pattern radiating out from the dark plate of transformed steel from a destroyed AK47 that covers the ratchet wheel. This plate turns when the watch is wound.

An opening to the right of the plate offers access to adjust the power reserve mechanism, while a second small opening near the crown reveals part of the winding mechanism. The second power reserve indicator arcs across the top of the back plate.

Inversion Principle’s three-dimensional indications, rise from the 240° numbers on the flat retrograde minutes ring to the inner inclined minute markers. The blued minute hand has an inclined inner arrow following the angle of the minute marker track.

The three-handed seconds indicator on the tourbillon cage has a retrograde effect complimenting the minutes: The hands disappear after 60 on the right and appear to reappear at 0 on the left. On either side of the jumping hour window, past and future hours can just be discerned through the translucent crystal ring that circumscribes the dial.

Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47

Ensuring that the complex indications were both easy and logical to read, and that the case and dial blended harmoniously was the role of Geneva-based watch designer, Adrian Glessing.

Myriad details, from the obvious like the gun-sight inspired bezel cross piece delineating the minutes from the central tourbillon to the subtle, like the tapering indents set into the flowing lugs, which visually minimize the height of the case height and the curve of the tourbillon cage following the curve of the sapphire crystal, all contribute to convey luxury and quality.

Technical details

Model: Inversion Principle by Fonderie 47

Edition
Limited edition of 20 pieces: 10 in 18k white gold, 10 in 18k red gold

Key features
Central three-minute flying tourbillon; instantaneous jumping hours; 240° retrograde minutes; central seconds from tourbillon cage; crown pusher quick-set hour adjustment; six-day power reserve with both lateral and back indications; metal from transformed assault weapon.

Indications
Jumping hours, 240° retrograde minutes; central seconds on tourbillon cage; lateral power reserve indicator on case band and power reserve indicator on back

Case and strap
Material:18k white gold or 18k red gold
Sapphire crystal traversed by embedded gold bezel bridge framing tourbillon cage
Lateral sapphire window in case band for power reserve indicator
Dimensions: 42mm x 14.6mm
Water resistance: 30m/100’/3ATM
Dial: Translucent glass and sapphire crystal with enameled minutes and seconds
Strap and clasp: hand stitched alligator strap with gold pin buckle matching case. Brown leather with red gold case or black leather with white gold case

Movement
Caliber F47-001
Regulator: Central three-minute flying tourbillon
Tourbillon cage: gold counter weight and curved to follow sapphire crystal
Jumping hour: thin mechanism(patented)
Retrograde seconds: mechanism with light aluminum arm and precision regulator
LIGA plate: platform for tourbillon and fixed seconds wheel by Mimotech
Power reserve: six days
Balance frequency: 18,000bph (2.5Hz)
Balance spring: Breguetovercoil and distinctive balance spring stud
Jewels: 38
Steel plate from transformed AK47 − serial number’56-3701F42′ − in form of the Fonderie 47 symbolon ratchet wheel visible through display back.
Finishing: Sun ray guilloche; hand engraving; hand polished bevels; heat-blued screws and power reserve indicator on back.

Created by: David Candaux/Du Val Des Bois
Designed by: Adrian Glessing
Place of Manufacture: La Vallée de Joux, Switzerland