" This book is my attempt to make sense of watchmaking in the 21 st century , to open pathways that might inspire inventiveness and audacity in the new generation. To transmit through my own experience the lessons of history, of art mechanics and today’s technological potential ities . It is my way of taking part in finding a balance between craftsmanship, art, transmission, industry, technology and economics . ” DENIS FLAGEOLLET
Denis Flageollet is the son, grandson and great-grandson of watchmakers. In 2002, he co-founded the De Bethune brand, which is rooted in contemporary culture yet nurtured by several centuries of watchmaking history. In this book, he takes a passionate yet critical look at his art.
Alchimie Horlogère ( Horological A lchemy ) addresses not only technical aspects, but also the acts and actions of the craft , their meaning and the relationship with the material . It builds and progresses like a mandala , exploring the heart of the watchmaking art and its broader setting. It reflects the questions of the last “ Horlofabers ”, their resilience and their capacity to adapt. It is an act of sharing an initiatory experience through wonderment.
Illustrated with numerous archive sketches and drawings, this book is also available in French. Its cover was designed by Belgian artist François Schuiten.
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