Yusuke Kikuchi’s Chronometre, Powered by Vintage Valjoux VZS

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Yusuke Kikuchi’s Chronometre, Powered by Vintage Valjoux VZS

Post by koimaster » April 9th 2018, 4:15pm

A Japanese national who now lives in France, Yusuke Kikuchi studied watchmaking in Paris before working in the restoration department of a vintage watch dealer in the French capital. Under the brand Chronomètre, the 29-year old watchmaker recently completed his first wristwatch, α, or Alpha.

Heavily inspired by the classic Patek Philippe ref. 96 Calatrava, the Chronomètre α is powered by an Audemars Piguet VZSS movement that was rescued from oblivion. Mr Kikuchi says the movement was “homeless”, having been “robbed” of its gold case, which had been melted for scrap at some point in the past.

Though the dimensions of the case are larger than the original ref. 96 – the α is 36.5mm compared to the 31mm of the Calatrava – Mr Kikuchi kept its harmonious proportions. So while the α has a larger case, it also has more widely spaced lugs, requiring a strap substantially broader than found on a typical watch of this size.

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