To the long list of Swiss watch brands that are a tongue twister to pronounce such as A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Breguet, Cuervo y Sobrinos, Erhard Junghans, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, Hublot, Hysek, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, Carl F. Bucherer, De Bethune, Dubey & Schaldenbrand, Jaquet Droz, Linde Werdelin, Pierre Deroche, Pierre Kunz, Roger Dubuis and Urwerk among others – there is a welcome new addition – Holthinrichs Watches. Only this time it is not a Swiss brand but a Dutch brand and they have introduced a timepiece called the Raw Ornament.
Delft based Michael Holthinrichs is steadily acquiring a reputation for creating Watches that are both beautiful and use a superior production method that compliments the design and technique. Continuing this tradition, Holthinrichs is launching their newest edition – The Raw Ornament this spring.
Raw Ornament has been made in the same industrial manner as its predecessor Ornament 1. The attention to detail, traditional craftsmanship and state of the art technology makes this watch one of a kind and a cherished possession.
Holthinrichs Watches is a pioneer in 3D printed watches and their latest model shows the industrial characteristics of this technique. Where Holthinrichs polishes the entire watchcase of his first model Ornament 1 by hand, to give the watch a classic and timeless appearance, the stylistically contrasting RAW Ornament is designed in a manner that only selective details are polished to a high gloss finish.
By showing the intrinsic aesthetics of the production process, Holthinrichs aims to give the watch a contemporary look. The design of RAW Ornament is inspired by the work of early modern architects, such as Le Corbusier, Oscar Niemeyer and Eero Saarinen. Holthinrichs takes their distinctive expressive use of materials and structural clearness. RAW Ornament is completely designed and developed in-house.
RAW Ornament’s case, buckle and crown are 3D-printed in surgical steel. The movement (ETA 7001) is finished and engraved by hand and visible at the rear. The hands and dial have a satin finish and are produced manually in-house. Michiel Holthinrichs (28) launched his brand Holthinrichs Watches and his first watch Ornament 1 in 2016. A year later, he opened his atelier in the historical center of Delft.
By combining design, craftsmanship and technology Holthinrichs Watches follows a long established and impressive tradition typical for the town of Delft. Since the Dutch war for independence in the sixteenth century the town has gradually developed from a stronghold of our royal family into an epicenter of artisanal production and technological excellence.