BOOK WITH HARD COVER
Denis Flageollet founder of the de Bethune brand, watchmaker and developer tells us : This is my attempt to make sense of watchmaking in the 21st century, to open pathways that might inspire inventiveness, audacity, in the new generation. To transmit, through my own experience, the lessons of history, of art mechanics and the technical potentialities of today. It is my way of taking part in finding a balance between craftmanship, art, transmission, industry, technology and economics.
Horological Alchemy 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 our art and its broader setting. it reflects the questionings of the last Horlofabers, their resilience and their capacity to adapt. It is an act of passing down and of sharing a lived initiatory experience - through wonder.
The illustrations were created by François Schuiten, an illustrator known for the precision of his line and who has managed to capture the spirit of this book.
Edition : 2022