I have not seen a watch by Alexandre Beauregard’s eponymous minimal firm that I haven’t quickly become hopelessly enamored with. From the outset sight. Unequivocally. You can’t resist the urge to be captivated by these superbly made items that nearly appear to be too acceptable to even think about being true.
So I was satisfied to find that Alexandre Beauregard is however open and cordial as his manifestations seem to be lovely. Finding out about his story was a pleasure.
Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Beauregard works with an exceptionally little group that was called to life when Alexandre Beauregard met Yves Saint-Pierre, an acclaimed lapidary craftsman in North America and a teacher at the École de Joaillerie de Montréal.
“He resembles a hotshot, yet he’s Clark Kent – nobody realizes that he’s superman,” Beauregard kidded in his lilting French-Canadian articulation. “There’s gems that comes from places I can’t uncover, however he’s the one in particular that acknowledges to contact them since they’re so costly. At times they break or chip – objects possessed by sovereignty – and nobody will contact them since they’re indispensable. He fixes them.”
Saint-Pierre has been working with stones for over 40 years. At the point when he met Beauregard, they clicked. “I’m an exceptionally energetic chap, and I feel that he loved that about me, thus he just took me in. Also, he’s Yoda for me, he’s my Jedi master.”
The third in the company, completing the innovative triplet, is François Ruel, gifted in both adornments and 3D plan drawing. “The three of us do all the stonework. Yves’ shop is in Saint Boniface, I have one in Montreal, and we each piece of the work: we cut, we cut, we select, we cut, and we simply have so much fun.”
Stones and watches: the Beauregard Dahlia opens
The line among watches and gems is regularly very obscured. Thus it is in the brain of Alexandre Beauregard.
He began considering watches at 17 years old, when he and a companion started planning them in his companion’s carport. “I was consistently energetic about watches . . . what’s more, you know in North America everything begins in a carport . . . Google, groups, everything. That is the spot kids go to try. So that is the thing that we did,” he laughed.
But life dominated and Beauregard got hitched, had two children, and effectively ran two organizations in Montreal not identified with watches or adornments. “And afterward I turned 35 and began drawing again . . .” Beauregard began his firm in 2011.
“We put all that we had into this present, it’s a consuming enthusiasm. My life would be such a ton simpler without this, however it’s something I can’t do; I attempted to battle it and set it aside however I was not dozing any longer. I was simply drawing all the time.”
Getting genuine, Beauregard made a beeline for Switzerland, where he was lucky to meet the perfect individuals, including Franck Orny and Johnny Girardin from Telos , a complication workshop beforehand answerable for making the complicated developments of the Opus 14 for Harry Winston and the Metamorphosis for Montblanc . “They’re virtuosos,” Beauregard exclaimed.
This shop brand’s young vocation started by blasting on the scene in 2018 with a humdinger of a first watch: Dahlia includes a focal flying tourbillon development – however in truth that inconceivable development isn’t what the eye waits on. That honor has a place with the hand-cut and – set stone petals, which I’ll come back to.
How on the planet do you come up with a focal flying tourbillon in a presentation watch for ladies, though?
Alexandre Beauregard clarified, “I ate with Frank, and we love wine, the two of us, and sooner or later we just began saying, ‘Goodness we could make a tourbillon, a focal flying tourbillon.’ And we just got moving.” Fortuitously for them, Omega’s patent on the focal flying tourbillon was going to terminate as this supper was occurring, so they were allowed to utilize the mechanical idea to create a bespoke movement.
Beauregard Dahlia: magnificence and the focal flying tourbillon
Dahlia is loaded with layers, volumes, tones, and surfaces. This is perhaps the most staggeringly visual watches that I’ve at any point found in my life.
The focal flying tourbillon isn’t the primary demonstration, yet is nearly covered up by various other enhancing components. Truth be told, Beauregard appears to have gone to incredible torments to shroud it, covering it with a white gold pen molded like dahlia petals to repeat the remarkable stone as well as mother-of-pearl components encompassing it.
“It’s difficult for me to do concessions on anything so we have no red rubies as gem course in the development,” Beauregard clarified. “They’re all unmistakable [corundum]. Red rubies are fabulous on close-up photographs yet, all things considered, I don’t care for it. They look like earthy colored spots, you know? In pictures when you have the correct lights, they’re excellent! In any case, in actuality, . . .”
Beauregard pulled out all the stops when he concocted the subtleties of this watch, notwithstanding how little. An extraordinary model is the fast change lash, one of which is made of galucha t, an intriguing stingray style. “That is something pleasant in light of the fact that [galuchat] is something that has been around for some time however every time individuals see it they say, ‘gracious wow that is so cool.’ And the watch comes with three lashes. So the customer can pick whatever she wants.”
Shortly after the watch’s introduction, he added a fast change system to the clasp also so it tends to be changed out or added to whatever tie is as of now on the watch. I am aware of no other company that has thought about that detail yet (and I do possess a watch with a fast change framework – and, indeed, I need to purchase another lock for each tie being used, which sort of thrashings the purpose).
“It resembles another watch without fail,” he reasonably remarked.
The whole watch is made in Switzerland with the exception of the stones embellishing the dial, which are “made” in Montreal. “At the point when the stones are prepared, I carry them to Switzerland and all the other things is done there,” he said.
“And I planned everything, obviously, I’m very hands on. Also, the stones – that is a romantic tale. I’m simply infatuated with fine stones.”
That the focal tourbillon is “covered up” not the slightest bit decreases this present watch’s staggering style, regardless of whether mechanics are your essential core interest. You can be supported by the 144 jewels stressing the shining hard stone petals that attract much more light to the dial. Notwithstanding its high specialized worth, this watch overflows femininity.
In most forms, 48 hand-cut mother-of-pearl or hard-stone petals encompass the tourbillon to give a backdrop to the not-so-natural to-understand hands (the time here is auxiliary to the craftsmanship) outlined by 0.27 carats of snow-set jewels. The pearl or stone petals were hand-etched and – cleaned to a resilience of .02 mm and undetectable set.
As if that all weren’t sufficient, the tender loving care is fortified by the crown with its one of a kind, cut blossom theme and pearl cabochon and the triple-collapsing fasten set with 124 precious stones (0.39 ct), which like the tie, is made in Geneva.
The enchantment of stones or how the dazzling petals are made
“Those tones, take a gander at this! What is that purple stone?” This was the kind of inquiry I posed over and over as Beauregard pulled out interesting dial minor departure from the Dahlia and new Lili to show me.
” Phosphosiderite ,” he answered.
“Sorry, say that once more,” I countered.
“Phosphosiderite. It’s an appalling name however a lovely stone .”
I needed to concede I’d never seen it. I planned to figure lavender jade. “No, jade would be a lot paler,” Beauregard persistently clarified. “Due to the manner in which we work the stone, what we need to accomplish when we work with clear stone, similar to, suppose, topaz. You lose the tone, so we put mother-of-pearl under it, which brings back the lights. Also, we do something very similar with garnet, opal, and amethyst.”
Each petal is around three millimeters of stone, so it’s hefty and difficult to set, which means much must be reconsidered and revamped. Not the slightest bit is this a “typical” utilization of these of these stones.
One of the stand-out Dahlias I saw was made utilizing turquoise from the Globe Mine in Arizona, a mine that has been out of the stone since the 1990s. However, obviously, Beauregard has companions in the diamond business that are consistently keeping watch for him. “They understand what I’m searching for, so they snatch something they come across when somebody dies who had a gigantic assortment, for instance. So these stones have been in boxes for as long as 30 years and afterward they come out – and they consider me.”
This resembles new-old stock from mines that have been shut for quite a long time, yet Beauregard is some of the time still ready to secure from amicable sources. He needn’t bother with much material since every one of his watches are novel pieces.
Turquoise is an uncommon to-nonexistent material being used in the watch business. So I asked Beauregard what improves this turquoise than others. “This turquoise shouldn’t be settled, it’s hard enough at a hardness of 5.5 on the Mohs scale. Generally turquoise is around 4 so you need to balance out it. Furthermore, the tone . . . “
This is a shade of turquoise I have never seen; it is completely enamoring. Furthermore, there’s more: another piece made with Iranian turquoise from a mine that is likewise been shut for decades.
“A quite a while past, it was the best turquoise on the planet,” Beauregard keeps on captivating me with his stone information prior to uncovering he purchased those pieces in Switzerland from somebody I know, truly outstanding in the business. “That one was 6-6.5 in hardness.”
The stones are cut into isolated petals by Beauregard and Saint-Pierre prior to being pressure set into the gold dial ring, which is now set with jewels at this point.
“For each petal, the overall resilience is .02 millimeters, not exactly a hair. It should be great.” But there is consistently breakage in pressure setting, so to have 48 entirely set petals the group needs to make possibly 100-120 pieces.
Beauregard Lili for 2020
Though we had a sneak pinnacle of the rectangular Lili in 2019, it authoritatively showed up in Beauregard’s assortment in 2020 and has been gone into the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève , where at press time a pink gold variety with onyx petals has made it into the last round of the Ladies category.
While Lili highlights the stunning feel and stonework of the Dahlia, it doesn’t contain the astonishing mechanics – which makes it both more wearable from an every day perspective and more reasonable in any sense.
“It’s not about the value,” Beauregard advised me. “It’s truly about the fact that it is so natural to wear.”
And while I comprehend the requirement for a creator of ladies’ watches to have a quartz model in the assortment, I think that its a pity. In any case, I additionally comprehend that the quartz development empowers this watch to get rid of a standard crown, which would have upset the rectangular case plan. The crown has been supplanted by a pusher for the situation back that permits the wearer to set or re-set the time.
Lili likewise comes furnished with a speedy delivery tie and clasp system, so both the tie and the catch can be traded for various ones as per the impulse and eccentricity of the proprietor. This man considers everything.
This combination of workmanship and timekeeping is an energizing combination, and I desire to see considerably more of it.
For more data kindly visit www.beauregard.ch .
Quick Facts Beauregard Dahlia
Case: 38.8 x 15.05 mm, white gold set with 330 precious stones (1.17 ct)
Dial: 48 hand-cut mother-of-pearl petals, 144 precious stones (0.27 ct)
Development: programmed Telos development with one-minute focal flying tourbillon, three-day power save, 4 Hz/28,800 vph recurrence
Capacities: hours, minutes
Constraint: every one a special piece
Cost: approx. CHF 240,000, contingent upon stones utilized
Comment: compatible tie with white gold triple collapsing catch (additionally exchangeable) is set with 124 jewels (0.39 ct)
Quick Facts Beauregard Lili
Case: 24.5 x 33.2 x 8.55 mm, pink gold set with 180 jewels (.90 ct)
Dial: 33 hand-cut mother-of-pearl, onyx, or other stone petals
Development: ETA E01.701 quartz development
Capacities: hours, minutes
Limit: every one an extraordinary piece
Value: CHF 16,092
Comment: exchangeable tie and clasp
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