Watches designed by André Chéca have one thing going for them – they are original. Check out this 2009 furry green rock watch which kind of resembles a new age rock monster; however, do not be deceived by the green fluffy get up, the watch is actually of exceptional watch making quality and design utilizing first class materials. The movement is the work of a highly regarded watchmaker – Christopher Claret. The beautiful skelotinized dial incorporates a tourbillon requiring great watch making expertise. The inner bezel is paved with exquisite high quality hand picked diamonds. The green mossy looking watch case is carved from rock and the strap is green dyed mink fur. Well what do you think? I think this watch is growing on me.
In 2009, at Basel World, Romain Jerome unveiled a curious looking timepiece designed by André Chéca. The timepiece was part of a new Titanic and Moon series, which has created one of a kind timepieces incorporating unique materials. This timepiece actually comprises of salvaged oxidized steel from the Titanic as a material for some of the watch components. Looking at this watch, one could imagine it recovered from a chest resting on the bottom of the ocean.
In 2008, André Chéca creation was unveiled at the Belles Montres international watch fair in Paris (which is held this year from the 25th to the 27th of November). The watch has André Chéca’s beaten bezel, which makes the watch look as though it is covered in the same type of paper that covers chocolates in boxes. The hands are overly bold pointing to large numbers beneath which the dial is decorated with a remarkable fish net pattern.
In the last watch, André Chéca creates a timepiece, which seems to resemble the crude stone instruments used by cave dwellers in a by gone era or an ancient tablet. The “sculpture of time” is a bronze casing which protects a hand chiseled movement visible via a sapphire crystal case back.
André Chéca studied the art of watchmaking at the Ecole d’Horlogerie de Marseille and learned the art of engraving by hand. He sees his work as pieces of art, which serves the function of displaying the time.