The Pearl of the Dragon reveals and divulges its creator, the passionate master of miniatures Olivier Kuhn. After bringing several famous horological miniatures to life, and with years of experience in Geneva and throughout Switzerland, Olivier Kuhn has embarked on a new challenge: make a unique watch inspired by the theme of imperial China. Entirely designed and created by himself, this piece is the fruit of two years of work. This first work of art was designed to whisk you away, to the beat of its hands, to a universe of power, strength and aestheticism.
Housing an imperial Chinese dragon in 18K yellow gold that reigns over the movement’s balance wheel, every technical and aesthetic detail has been designed with the meticulousness required to make it a piece of watchmaking art. The dragon is inscribed in three dimensions with elements perceptible from both sides of the watch. The dragon and its scenery fill the entire volume of the case, and every detail invites you to explore the depth of this achievement.
This piece of art takes you on a journey through a traditional decor as an integral part of the piece is inspired by the wall of the nine dragons in the Forbidden City of Beijing. Here, the dragon’s head and tail can be seen pointing to the sky, conveying a message of positivity and perseverance desired by its creator. Passionate about the details that make all the difference, Olivier Kuhn has subtly designed a dragon’s eye that only appears when the two hands cross.
Eager and keen to share his passion for authenticity and beauty, he has succeeded in giving the mystical beast a proven authenticity: 2,185 hand-engraved scales, parts shaded with acrylic paint, and a genuine pearl of exceptional quality added to the dragon’s right front paw to represent the pearl of fire.
To conclude this immersion in the mastery of artistic techniques required for a fine craftsmanship watch, the piece is encased in a white gold case with no visible screws, highlighting the dragon that seems to levitate within the watch. This technically complex feat makes the Pearl of the Dragon a unique masterpiece numbered 1/1.