The Time Fury P18 by John-Mikaël Flaux

The Time Fury P18 is a mechanical clock with a unique concept (like its predecessor the CAR CLOCK) that combines the racing cars with the art of watchmaking. The design of each element was created in order to combine aesthetics and automotive technology with that of a watchmaking philosophy. The Time Fury P18 has a mad design inspired by the 50’s racing cars (like Ferrari).

The propulsion of the wheels allows the Time Fury to roll at a speed of 13.2 mm / h (31 cm per day). The time is readable at the back of the car by flooting numbers of hour that point the minute on a graduated sector.

The time can be set directly by the back wheels and the winding is done into the left exhaust with a little crank. A discreet transparent pedestal allows it to lift and immobilize the rear wheels.

Designed and manufactured by John-Mikaël Flaux, the Time Fury P18 requires one month of craftsmanship to execute and assemble its 256 pieces following rules of the art of watch-making (polishing, brushing, surface treatment, … etc). The main plates and wheels of the mechanism are in polished brass before being galvanized with palladium and the pinion are made in steel.

Technical details

• 256 components
• 11 Rubies
• 18,000 Alt / hour
• 8 days of autonomy
• Swiss lever escapement
• Flooting hours pointing graduated sector for minutes
• Time setting with the back wheels
• Possibility to let the car drive on table (13.2 mm/h)
• Aluminum body
• Laquered Color (handmade)
• Radiator grill in silver
• Rubber tires
• Mechanism in palladium-plated brass and polished steel
• Only 10 models edition
• Price: 14.900 Euros (without VAT/taxes)

The Car Clock by John-Mikaël Flaux

Crafted by John-Mikaël Flaux, the Car Clock is a mechanical clock with a unique concept that combines 1930s racing cars with the art of watchmaking. The design of each element was created in order to combine aesthetics and automotive technology with that of a watchmaking philosophy.

This horological art piece takes inspiration from the racing cars of the 30s such as the famous Bugatti T35, Amilcar C6 or Alfa Romeo P3.

The propulsion of the wheels allows the Car Clock to roll at a speed of 13.2 mm / h or 32 cm per day. The time is readable by the numbers that are engraved on the rear rims, the index on the steering wheel makes it possible to specify the minute. The time can be set by the steering wheel and the winding is done from the front with a key, in the same way that old cars use to start their engine. A discreet transparent pedestal allows it to lift and immobilize the rear wheels.

Designed and manufactured by John-Mikaël Flaux, the Car Clock requires one month of craftsmanship to execute and assemble its 270 pieces following rules of the art of watchmaking (polishing, brushing, surface treatment, … etc). The main plates and wheels of the mechanism are in polished brass before being galvanized with palladium and the pinion are made in steel.

The bodywork is crafted from aluminum then carefully assembled, lacquered and polished by hand, each rivet is custom fit. Like its elders, the Car Clock will be limited to a small number. Each Car Clock is signed at the month of making.

Technical details

• 270 components
• 11 Rubies
• 18,000 Alt / hour
• 8 days of autonomy
• Swiss lever escapement
• Powered time with double indications (right / left)
• Minutes readable on the steering wheel
• Time setting with the steering wheel
• Hand-made aluminum body
• Rubber tires
• Authentic leather seat
• Mechanism in palladium-plated brass and polished steel

John-Mikaël Flaux

John-Mikaël Flaux is a young creator specialized in mechanical Art of horology. Based in France in Besançon – the city of French watchmaking – he is also an independent watchmaker candidate to the renowned AHCI in Switzerland.

His specialty, the art of mechanics, he aims to revisit the world of watchmaking by giving it a more poetic and extravagant dimension: “La Guêpe” (mechanism in the shape of a wasp), the Car Clock and the Time Fury P18 (clocks in racing automobile form), the automaton “the Duel” (a fight between 2 mechanical fencers).

John – Mikael Flaux graduated after 6 years of studies from Edgard Faure school in France (highest French watchmaking school) with a diploma of the Art of watchmaking « Diplôme des Métiers d’Art », and during his apprenticeship he came in1st place winning the gold medal in the national contest « One of the best apprentices of France » « Un des meilleurs apprentis de France ».

In 2012, he was noticed by the Swiss manufacturer Ulysse-Nardin and became a watchmaker in the major complications « grande complication » department. In 2014, he created “The Wasp” a watch mechanism that embodies the shape of the insect and from that point on he became a watchmaker-creator of the brand.

In 2015, he created for Ulysse-Nardin the table clock “Super-Catamaran” inspired by the offshore racing boats presented in Basel in 2016. In 2017, he left Ulysse-Nardin and Switzerland settling his workshop in France thus becoming officially an independent watchmaker.

At a time when watchmaking is becoming more and more industrial and expatriates from
France, there are still watchmaking craftsmen keen to perpetuate the profession with respect and love for a job well done. John-Mikael Flaux is part of this French craft philosophy. A large part of the components are manufactured in his workshop. The rest is bought or manufactured in France, only components that are unavailable on the French territory are bought in Europe.

The workshop offers the repair and restoration of both old and new pieces. The experience acquired by John-Mikaël Flaux during the Diploma of Art in Watchmaking and in Swiss industry gave him the necessary skills in this field.

With his experience of watchmaker-creator at Ulysse-Nardin, John-Mikaël Flaux also offers development and construction solutions. The equipment of the workshop makes it possible to undertake prototyping in all types of format from a standard size watch to a pendulum. The combination of development skills and watchmaking know-how makes it possible to respond with great flexibility to single or limited edition requests. John-Mikaël Flaux made it the specialty of his workshop.

Contact details

John-Mikaël Flaux
1 Chemin des Verjoulots,
25000 – Besançon
France
Website: http://www.john-mikael-flaux.com/