The illusionist makes us believe in the impossible, in a miracle – in the fact that a person can read thoughts, catch a bullet with his teeth, get rid of chains at the bottom of the sea and, of course, fly. The trick with levitation was admired by many generations of children and adults, but we somehow know that the focus is not where we are asked to look.
Jean Eugène Robert-Oudin – the father of modern magic and the inventor could understand this better than anyone else. The two main passions led him in life: the love for watchmaking and the love for tricks. The modest watchmaker Jean Eugene discovered the craving for hoaxes only in the second half of his life, later became the idol of Harry Houdini. Magic so captured the Parisian watchmaker that he opened the world’s first illusion theater, where he struck the public with unprecedented tricks of his own invention: Robert-Ouden forced to grow and bear orange tree and levitated on stage!
In 1875 Robert-Ouden created a watch with a transparent dial of glass, on which the hour hand was magically hovering, and gave a chance to the descendants to solve the riddle of the ingenious invention.
An amazing watch Levitas Jazz is an improvisation aimed to capture the hearts of jazz lovers everywhere. It ia a piece unique watch made by hand, which was jointly created with Sergey Lunev’s Principal Guide design studio, specializing in making art weapons and unusual jewellery .
A key design element is the revolving glass disc serving as the background of the large opening in the dial. A single gold hand marks the hours, while a unique indicator marks the minutes. Instead of a classic minute hand, a revolving transparent sapphire disc indicates the minutes with a gold monogram. The dial of the Levitas Jazz Watch is a classic record made of agate onyx instead of vinyl. This ‘record’ even has sound grooves engraved on it. A sapphire disc in the center is decorated with openwork patterns and the words ‘PG-BAND performs improvisations on to the works of Konstantin Chaykin”. The single hour hand resembles a wedge shaped gleam of light made by a single beam through a crack in the curtain on a sunny day.
The Levitas Jazz Watch is unique not only due to the amazing technology that creates the effect of mysterious floating hands,but also due to the completely originaldesign.The watch embodies music,not in sounds, but in dynamic, interwoven symbols. A whirlwind of musical images swirls and attempts to catch up to the melodies in the heart of the artist as he sketches the watch. It is Summertime, the lullaby sung by the incomparable genius Ella Fitzgerald.
The heady rush of jazz is reflected in every design element of the Levitas Jazz Watch. Jazz infuses the keys of the ‘tired piano’ on the bezel, the bass strings, the mother-of-pearl drum cover, jazz is embodied in the asymmetrical form of the case, the bass stings, the mother-of-pearl drum cover, in the winding button, in the forms of the ears, and naturally in the unique dial, which resembles an antique record.
The secondary hour markers are notes, while the main hours of 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock are represented by musical clefs – the G-clef, the C-clef and the F-clef. The small diamonds held in the centers of tiny gold notes are not simple jewels: they embody the purity, the effortlessness and the clarity of Ella Fitzgerald’s voice.
The Levitas Jazz Watch has a transparent caseback, which allows us to see the intricate details of the miniature KMR 02-0 calibre. This is a micro-world which lives according to its own rules and moves according to a rhythm established by the watchmaker once and for all. All of the parts are beautifully polished and finished by hand by the master watchmakers in the Konstantin Chaykin Manufacture, and their functions have undergone thousands of hours of testing. The complicated movement is based on a set of gears and wheels, which rotate sapphire glass discs.
A gramophone horn located at the 3 o’clock position in the Levitas Jazz Watch on the dial contains a Jazz Moon, slowly changing to indicate the moon phases. The night sky around the moon is lit up by stars – notes. To complete the musical atmosphere a stylized image of a gramophone needle floats above the record. Any minute the needle will fall into a groove on the record and the watch will burst into polyrhythmic song; haunting blues, magical bebop riffs or soothing cool…
KMR 02-0, escapement: anchor
38 x 5,5 mm, Jewels: 29, Power Reserve: 33 hours
stainless steal/ rose gold, sapphire caseback
diametr 61 mm, white gold, diamonds, mother-of-perl, agate
hours, minutes, moon phases
tranparent window 26,5 mm, materials: sapphire crystal, hands made of white gold