Kerbedanz : The emerald tree

Tree of Life

Case : 18K yellow gold, set with 540 emeralds (5 carats, including lugs and crown between 1 and 2 o’clock, sapphire crystal caseback, water-resistant to 50m Diameter : 42 mm Movement : mechanical self-winding (Caliber KRB-03, 120h power reserve), twin barrels Functions : hours, minutes Dial : solid yellow gold with bas-relief engraving, enameled base with Kerbedanz glazing, set with 8 diamonds (0.10cts) Strap : alligator leather, personalized 18K gold double folding clasp 41-piece numbered limited edition

Almost ten years after its founder began imagining the universe for his brand, Kerbedanz continues exploring artistic crafts around one of-a-kind watches or small series of Haute Horlogerie – or Haute Joaillerie as in this instance – models inspired by nature and symbolic themes. In the Tree of Life set with 540 emeralds, the Manufacture movement visible through the sapphire crystal caseback is necessarily automatic. For its creators, this universal symbol of eternal life unites heaven and earth in a spiritual union epitomizing growth : its branches reach towards the skies and its roots plunge deep into the earth. The original design of its dial features the trunk and branches of this tree depicted through a bas-relief sculpture in solid yellow gold, dotted with enamel foliage featuring a Kerbedanz glaze. Like the movement, the entire timepiece is developed, crafted, hand-set and decorated by these incredible gardeners of the 12th Art.


Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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