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HEBE ‘Arrows of Time’ Skeleton Watch Collection

Ever since the first group of experts in 1901, HEBE Watch has continually combined the different skills of its members to create timepieces always more elaborate and exceptional than the last. Today as dandyism comes back on the front scene, the experts have chosen to join their skills one more time to revisit one of the most legendary pieces of the Haute Horlogerie, essential to the skeleton wristwatch.

At Baselworld 2012, HEBE Watch launched the ‘Arrows of Time’ skeleton watch collection. No less than four domains of expertise have been employed to achieve this creation.

An expert watchmaker has directed the refining and the baring of this hand-winding mechanical calibre Unitas 6498 that beats in the heart of this watch. An enlightened designer has brought to this skeleton a contemporary vision of time and transparency while valorizing the ancestral codes of Swiss mechanical horology.

Through the comfortable opening of the watch’s 43mm case, the watch enthusiasts can appreciate the black treatment gently applied to the skeletonized plate and bridges, the workings of the movement highlighted by a golden finish, and the volute shaped cut such as the spring setting lever, looking like a posing dancer.

A renowned sculptor, who has cut with an open work design, vented and engraved one to one the different parts of the movement to make it lighter, almost in weightlessness, floating between two sapphire glasses confining it for posterity.

Finally, a saddler, an expert in leather, came to perfect the model by adding to it a genuine alligator leather strap with a matt finish, especially chosen for its comfort and quality.

HEBE

Founded in 1901 in Alle, a small Swiss village of the Arc Jurassien, HEBE Watch is the result from the association of villagers who, throughout time, have acquired various skills in the different fields of horology.

The unification of those experts took its roots in the artisanal watchmaking tradition of the region. During winter seasons, crops were impossible and the farmers spent their time elaborating timepieces. From there it resulted in a unique labour ultra specialized with a local know-how and varied, yet complimentary skills.

The first timepieces crafted by the experts were skeleton pocket watches. With a technique of open work well ahead of its time, they cut away as much as possible from the bridges and dials in order to present the inner workings of their watches and fine finishing of each component. This resulted in timepieces crafted with an audacious mix of sturdiness and aestheticism.

In the 1950s, the experts developed diamond wristwatches reflective of the times in the United States, during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Gaining strength and popularity, alongside an image built strategically on an influential market; HEBE Watch exported their timepieces to other countries and enjoys a strong reputation through their quality work.

In 1964, HEBE Watch was one the first Swiss watchmakers to enter the vast Chinese market. The experts established a name in this new market by producing gold plated timepieces remarkably unique, placing themselves as pioneers in luxury mechanical watchmaking in Asia.

But the 1970s marked a historic turning point for HEBE Watch and the Swiss watchmaking industry. The arrival of quartz movements disposed the experts of their exceptional skills, making the watchmaking craftsmanship obsolete and outdated.

The economic turmoil reduced the brand’s production capacity. From tens of thousands timepieces, the experts elaborated only a few thousand in order to guarantee the exclusivity of their work. Although they adapted their ladies’ line to quartz movements, they bet on a return of mechanical watches in the long run.

While most neighboring watchmakers have turned into other sectors, the experts survived through their capacity to position HEBE Watch in a network of niche and exclusive markets with timepieces entirely dedicated to the aesthetic and sustainable mechanic.

In the 1990s, the Swiss watch industry rose from the ashes. Aware of the potential represented by mechanical movements, the experts further developed their high-level skills of skeletonizing in order to blend aesthetic innovation to a pure functionality, a feature of the Haute Horlogerie. They placed a painstaking open work on the plate with innovative geometric shapes leaving only the vital organs of the watch reflected.

Taken over in 2011, the new investors replaced the brand on the front scene while retaining its specialized experts. In 2012, HEBE Watch launched a new skeleton watch collection ‘Arrows of Time’, pushing the boundaries with the use of unusual shapes and contemporary colour schemes.

Featured Timepieces

HEBE Aurore

The Aurore by HEBE is a hand-wound mechanical skeleton watch that pays tribute to the great horological tradition of the Swiss Jura region. It has a 43mm diameter black PVD coated stainless steel case with sapphire crystal front and back. The skeleton movement has a power reserve of 46 hours. This Swiss made skeleton timepiece has a small seconds hand at 6 o’ clock and 12 cabochon hour-markers on the dial ring.

Technical details

Model: HEBE Aurore

Movement
Hand-wound, ETA 6498, 16½ lines
46-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Case
Steel with black PVD coating, 43 mm
Sapphire crystal, front and back
Water-resistant to 50 m (5 ATM)

Dial
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
12 applied cabochon hour-markers

Strap
Black leather with folding clasp in steel with black PVD coating