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Watchscapes & hands-on impressions on a Rare Watch: Krayon Everywhere

by Peter Chong on October 18, 2018

We covered the release of the Krayon Everywhere watch in June 2017. Details on link. Here is our hands on impressions of the magnificent watch, and original live photographs.

 

 

Remi Maillat

Remi Maillat is the founder Krayon and the inventor of the Everywhere watch. Trained as an engineer, he began his watch career with Vaucher and then Cartier, before founding Krayon in 2013. To date, he has one ultra complicated watch in the market – the Everywhere, which was introduced in 2017, and have been busy creating unique interpretations of the base movement since.

 

Remi Maillat wearing the Krayon Everywhere on board the motor yatcht Nonni. Photographed December 2017, Singapore.

 

Krayon Everywhere

 

The Krayon Everywhere was a surprising proposition when we first heard it in 2017. It had the rather incredible ability to calculate sunrise and sunset times at any specific location. Enter the latitude, longitude and timezone, and the mechanism uses the date and month which is already mechanically encoded within to calculate sunrise and sunset times. These are displayed in sectors representing day and night which move and change size to show the times on the outer dial’s 24-hour scale. The 595 purpose-made components composing this masterpiece are all hand-finished using traditional haute horlogerie techniques.

The example here is one of the multiple piece uniques offered by Krayon. This with baguette diamonds on the bezel.

 

 

Usage

By necessity, the dial is rather complex, but a quick walk through with Remi, we found it to be quite logical and easy to understand. Though being able to do it on our own will take a bit of familiarization.

Two steps are needed to set the Everywhere up. The first is a pusher at 8 o’clock which is used to put the watch into the function mode. This is indicated by a hand at right of the center pinion, showing Date, Lat, Long, UTC. The crown is then used to set these parameters, and operates bi-directionally.

 

 

The minutes are shown by a central hand which is flame blued, while a blue tipped arrow points to the hours on a 24 hour scale at the edge of the dial. A sub-dial at 12 indicates carries two hands, one showing the longitude and the other the local time. Local time is shown as + or – UTC in 30 minute increments. Lattitude is shown on a retrograde sub-dial section on the left of the center pinion.

Once these parameters are set, the ring under the dial between the main dial and the rehaut shows the daylight and night times, and the sunrise and sunset.

 

 

The movement: USS Caliber

The movement is very complicated, with 595 components with 3 patents. The bridges rather nicely laid out, indicating that Remi has a good understanding of traditional watchmaking. The movement is finished to a very high engineering standard, with some of the traditional haute horologerie components addressed well.  In this example here, the bridge is engraved with not only the 1/1 indicator that this is a piece unique, but also with the name Nonni, the name which is chosen by the owner who commissioned the piece, and the name of the boat which Remi is seen in the photograph above.

 

 

The bridges and cocks feature some sharp outward angles, but some of the angles are rounded. And we did not find any sharp inward angles.

 

 

On the wrist, it is rather comfortable as the watch measures 42mm in diameter with a height of only 11.7mm.

 

 

In this example, the owner has elected to put hand engravings on the case sides and the sides of the lugs.

 

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