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Moments in Time: Dragon Time

The Genus Dragon timepiece. Photo Courtesy Genus Watches. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

From the dawn of time dragons have been both dear and dreaded to their human counterparts, omnipresent in both European and Asian mythology and lore, the creatures are winged or wingless, representing the elements of fire or water. As winged serpents they were thought to have guarded precious frankincense bearing trees in Arabia. Cave dwellers on earth they possibly communicated with the underworld. And now the time has come for the dragon, feared and revered, to tell time, through a priceless endeavor from the Geneva-based house of Genus.

The Genus Dragon timepiece. Photo Courtesy Genus Watches. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The Genus Dragon, which was designed, developed and assembled in the house’s Geneva workshop, is the first and only watch in the world in which an articulated dragon, the watch’s spectacular centerpiece, expresses the passage of time. The intricate dragon is made of 18k rose gold and meticulous detail, which will not escape fans of dragons, has been given to each aspect of the dragon from its body, scales, claws, the head with its little horns, the beard and the tongue to its expressive eyes. The concept of the dragon’s motion to tell the time is based on a figure eight, the sign of infinity. Dragons are often associated with immortality. The modeling of this mythical and minute creatures was more than a year in development.

Myriad crafts came together to create the dragon watch from engineering to watchmaking, gold smithing, sculpting and engraving. The watch’s sapphire crystal has been raised slightly higher and is more curved becoming a display dome for the magnificent dragon. The plane and bridges of the timepiece are in environmentally and socially responsible sourced 18K gold. The watch is outfitted with a manual winding 160W-1.2 movement manufactured in-house in Geneva and enjoys a power reserve of 50 hours.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

Sébastien Billières, the co-founder of Genus watches and Catherine Henry, the Chief of Operations Officer at Genus at the Grand Prix Horlogerie of Geneva in 2019 when they were awarded the Mechanical Exception Prize. Photo Courtesy Genus Watches. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

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