Valerii Danevych and His Amazing Wood Watches
Have you ever heard of Valerii Danevych and his wooden watches? Valerii Danevych, 46 years of age and born in Kiev, Ukraine, develops mechanical clocks and watches with as numerous wooden parts as you possibly can. Nowadays a master in joinery, the skill of woodworking literally including joining together bits of wood to create complex products, he built his first clock in 2005 with no horological background. Valerii has generated numerous clocks, watches and pencils to date, which several were displayed in the AHCI booth throughout Baselworld 2014. Here, we go hands up with two prime good examples of his craftsmanship.
Using wood from trees for example Australian Guaiacum, Bubinga, Birch, Bamboo, Canker, Walnut and many more, Valerii handles to produce complicated watches, including some really small pocket watches along with a watch having a flying tourbillon and retrograde time indication. Picking watch kind of wood is really a tricky factor, as they all have different qualities.
Just have a look only at that little necklace-watch, whose movement and case only weigh 4 grams altogether. The innate delicacy becomes very apparent upon handling the timepiece. It feels almost too light that you should accept is as true really works, however it does! Every part are thoroughly constructed from multiple kinds of wood, carefully hand-selected by Valerii for their particular intended reasons within the watch. Among the some other reasons it’s so incredibly light is its size only 30mm.
The skeletonized movement is made with wood from hornbeam, apple, birch and bamboo and, using no screws whatsoever, this will make it installed in a case created from apple burl. The openworked front cover is decorated having a mother of pearl plaque, certainly one of only three non-wooden parts (others to be the two springs, completed in metal). The movement has about 20 hrs of power. Remarkably, fully wound it wouldn’t serve you for a day using these figures. A little, decorated secret is provided to ensure that the timepiece could be wound and hang with the caseback.
The top of Valerii’s jobs are the Retrograde watch, having a dual retrograde indicator along with a flying tourbillon. The watch consists of only 4 metal parts and 2 sapphire crystals, however the relaxation is wood. The whole watch is made using 8 various kinds of wood with 188 parts as a whole, 154 of these within the movement. The littlest wooden parts really are a pinion a maximum of .9mm across made from Crimean boxwood, along with a bearing pin of Australian Guaiacum includes a diameter of just .12mm. Guaiac is self-lubricating thus getting rid of the requirement for horological oils. Guaiac was sometimes utilized in marine chronometers and pendulum clocks throughout the 1700s. Being very dense too, it's employed for something more important even even today - including croquet balls, police truncheons, mallets, so that as a diamond powdered lap when cutting gems.
The 3-dimensional dial from the Retrograde shows the retrograde minutes and hrs between 12 and 4 o’clock and also the flying tourbillon mechanism, which rotates once every a minute, at 6 o’clock. The 36mm x 13mm movement holds 24 hrs of power reserve, and it is accurate within two to three minutes each day. A dual snail-like wheel at 10 o’clock progressively pushes the retrograde hands forward. A plaque with Valerii’s title is positioned between 7 and 9 o’clock, partially all around the tourbillon aperture and double snail-like gears. The backside from the movement is decorated having a partially skeletonized plate with floral designs and open worked bridges within the gear train.
The case of the Retrograde is 46mm wide and 18mm thick. Using wood only (aside from some small springs) produces a very lightweight watch, the kind of which other independents or producers need very high-tech materials to attain. It makes sense a wrist watch that catches the attention, because of the different colors of wood, the dimensions and also the complicated movement inside. It'll unlikely be considered a daily beater, but it's still a really wearable watch. The big, wooden links are affixed to the case with wooden screws, along with a wooden buckle.