It is hard to explain how can I be proud of someone and something that is not directly related to me. But I am! I am proud to be one of not so many people who know and love the work of an artist – Augustin Matei. He deserves to be known for he is a part of an endangered species – the artisans.
The idea is simple: you come with your wish or desire and he is making it real through a watch. Depending on your request you can have a mechanical or quartz movement (Swiss caliber or not), a certain case or a special engraving. The limit can only be the availability of the components, because for his imagination – the sky is the limit. And I forgot an important aspect – it’s affordable…
It all begins on a piece of paper with a drawing. Then things get a little bit more complicated: the choice of materials (silver, aluminum, brass, slate and so on), the colours and other details like the case, the movement and the strap. The next step is the work itself.
The Hathor watch is inspired by the ancient Egypt art having the goddess of fertility as the main character. This watch was made with natural elements as terracotta mixed with Arabic gum, varnished with a mixture of wax and natural honey. This watch hides an ETA 6498 calibre.
The Gargoyle watch
The Tree of Life
The Stranger in the night
The Meteorite – lady watch with quartz movement containing a piece of a meteorite
“A meteorite’s journey” – a watch containing a meteorite piece
“Luna” – another watch containing a meteorite piece inspired by medieval stories
From idea to the final product – a lot of work with impressive result
The details level on Augustin Matei watches
The Zodiac Watch