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Kerbedanz

Kerbedanz offers the discerning customer highly exclusive timepieces as unique pieces or strictly limited editions packed with symbolism.

About

Kerbedanz is a marriage of Swiss watchmaking and jewellery craftsmanship. Its founder and president, Tigran Kerbedanz, chose the name "Kerbedanz" in honour of his ancestor. "Kerbedanz" has a double meaning and signifies leader and precursor and is in the origin of the surname.

These two qualifiers are perfectly suitable for Kerbedanz: precursor in the concept and values ​​attached to the product, but also a leader in the sense that its models, unique or in very limited editions, evoke universes which are unexplored by traditional watchmaking.

Kerbedanz literally means “forerunner”. This notion of being a pioneer pervades all aspects of the brand’s identity, from the design stage through to manufacturing and finishing.

2008
The first idea for the Kerbedanz brand was born.
2011
The company is established in Neuchâtel and the first timepiece, a tourbillon with Celtic blue enamel decoration, is sold.
2013
Kerbedanz participates in the International Chronometry Competition and is classified.
2015
The brand launches its first minute-repeater tourbillon model with animation, three sapphire tourbillon models and two basic tourbillons at BaselWorld 2015.
2017
Launch of the Maximus, with the world's biggest tourbillon cage.
Philosophy

The high-end timepieces produced by Kerbedanz almost exclusively feature the most hallowed of mechanical watch movements, the tourbillon. They combine this movement, which represents the pinnacle of fine watchmaking, with designs full of symbolism that show off rare and precious crafts such as micro-sculpture, enamelling, top decoration, and hand engraving.
 
The designs themselves are often the result of a direct cooperation between Kerbedanz and the customer, with the true meaning of the symbolism sometimes being subliminal and apparent only to the watch’s owner.

Collections

Celtic Dog

Alimited edition of 41, the Celtic Dog model is dedicated to a symbolic figure of Celtic mythology that embodied the hunter or warrior. In Kerbedanz’s modern interpretation, the dog is depicted in relief on a solid white-gold layered dial with a layer of blue enamel. Beneath the dial beats an exclusive KRB-01 in-house tourbillon calibre that has been developed in conjunction with Technotime. The unusual configuration of the movement within the case puts the winding crown at 1:30 and the tourbillon at 7:30 o’clock. Depending on the solstice, in the northern hemisphere this corresponds to the direction of the sunrise.

Ketzacoatl

This is the model with which Kerbedanz was classified in the International Chronometry Competition in 2013. Its KTT738-50 movement thus achieved COSC chronometer certification under ISO 3159 on three separate occasions after undergoing severe tests. Shock-proofing solutions such as a dial without feet, anti-magnetic protection, a shock-absorbing casing ring and the use of special alloys set this model apart. Its name evokes a Meso-American god, the feathered snake, depictions of which are found at the ancient site of Teotihuacán.

Unique pieces

Designed in close cooperation with the customer, the unique pieces produced by Kerbedanz offer exquisite designs combined with the finest in Swiss mechanical movements, such as a manually-wound tourbillon movement with 120 hours of power reserve.

Watches

Unique pieces

It is difficult to see a Kerbedanz watch in the metal or indeed sometimes just as a photo, since many Kerbedanz watches produced by the brand are sold to very discreet “MIPs” (most important people) as the brand likes to call them, who prefer to keep their Kerbedanz watch to themselves. These people are unlikely to just walk into a shop and rely instead on a privileged contact to acquire their quality timepieces. Kerbedanz watches are therefore very personal items, often with a very strong watchmaking style and a symbol to add that personal touch as they style their watch, whether it is their favorite building, their favorite car or their favorite animal. By their very nature, these highly individual Kerbedanz watches are often unique pieces.

Kerbedanz excels in working with a variety of watchmaking materials for its watches and pays great attention to add its own style to its watches. The future watch owner remains in contact with the brand from the outset in the design of their watch and thus gets to see their unique pieces slowly come to life as they add their own style to the watch. Price is rarely a consideration for such unique piece watches, since it is less about having a luxury instrument to tell the time and more about a unique quality that brings them a personal touch of luxury.

Limited editions

Although many of the watches produced by the Kerbedanz brand are unique pieces, there are also limited edition watches in the Kerbedanz watch collection. The limited edition Kerbedanz Maximus tourbillon watch, for example, claims to have world’s biggest tourbillon carriage of any watch and has a great design, which combined with its rare central tourbillon, makes it a unique precision watch. Originally produced in gold, the Kerbedanz Maximus tourbillon watch is also available in other materials. The Kerbedanz Maximus tourbillon watch uses the precision KRB-08 tourbillon movement in Kerbedanz design, whose balance wheel and spiral were specifically developed for the precision of this watch. The tourbillon carriage of the Kerbedanz Maximus tourbillon watch is made of titanium and the large dimension of the tourbillon offers a better appreciation of the tourbillon in operation in the watch. Four mainspring barrels working in parallel provide the torque needed to power a tourbillon of this size. Expect to pay a price of around 100,000 Swiss francs for these timepieces, which is a fair price for such a unique watch.

Other Kerbedanz limited edition watches, such as the a Kerbedanz Squama watch and the Kerbedanz Sappheiros watch in black gold, also have a Kerbedanz tourbillon watch movement. The mechanical hand-wound sapphire tourbillon KRB-02 movement is a joint design between Kerbedanz and Concepto and the tourbillon carriage of the movement weighs just 0.42g, less than half that of the one in the Kerbedanz Maximus tourbillon movement.
In terms of design, the Tribute watches in white gold stand out thanks to the unique style and complications on their dials in solid white and rose gold, whose three layers add complications to the job of producing a micosculpture of different maps, in each case with a Kerbedanz watch design that has been hand decorated at the brand.
The Kerbedanz Tree of Life watch is a jewellery piece with women in mind, featuring a great amount of emeralds set on to its gold watch case. The gold tree design on its dial is a potent symbol of life and is one of the mainstays of the Kerbedanz watch collection. The symbol of the Tree of Life is universal and as a symbol it dates back to the origins of humanity. The Tree of Life is a symbol of physical and spiritual growth because of its expanding branches reaching to the sky, while its roots plunge deep into the ground.

In terms of complications, the Kerbedanz brand sets the bar high with its Kerbedanz Polus Arcticus watch. Featuring a double tourbillon GMT movement with a joint design by Kerbedanz and Concepto, this Kerbedanz tourbillon watch in white gold is set with 80 top quality baguette diamonds for a total of 6.72 carats. The dial of this watch is in solid gold and its design features an embossed gold globe on a bed of grand feu enamel. The southern globe, in solid gold, represents an astrolabe. A subdial at 9 o’clock shows a second time zone. You are unlikely to find a watch with such materials in a shop, so just contact the brand for more details.