The Rönkkö Daedalus Calendar Edition incorporates a customised Swiss Soprod A10 movement, which displays the date at 12 o´clock – with a moving labyrinthine dial rotating anti-clockwise day-by-day.
The masterpiece of Daedalus, the labyrinth, is in the middle of the matt black-coated dial made of interlaid parts. Finding your way in this fast-moving world is sometimes like being in a labyrinth: it’s not whether you’ve lost your way, it’s whether you can get back on the right track again.
The case of the Daedalus timepiece is made of 316 L stainless steel with hand finished matt- and mirror polish bevels. The profile of the bezel and dial ornament, the Greek key, reminds us about the ancient architecture of the Greco-Roman era. The ornament is believed to be the simplified symbol of the labyrinth: some say it’s a sign of eternity or of the never-ending cycle of time.
The dial of the Daedalus timepiece is a combination of two colors: the skeletonised hands and index are rose gold color; by contrast, the layered dial is black matt with a circular black meandering ornament. The skeletonised index displays hours in roman numerals and shows the date at 12 o´clock.
The case back of the Daedalus timepiece reminds us how creativity can solve problems of any size: when held captive on Crete, Daedalus escaped with his son Icarus by building a pair of wings to fly away.
Only 10 timepieces are being crafted. Each comes with a flying Icarus talisman in free rotation at the middle of the labyrinthine rotor in an open case back coated with clear sapphire glass. The Icarus talisman itself measures 10,5 mm and is crafted with 180 facets as an interpretation of the winged flying Icarus.
The subtle sign of watchmaker Rönkkö is engraved straight inside the sapphire crystal with
high definition. This silent signature of the maker is only visible from certain angles.The timepiece comes with a matt black natural rubber strap but also can be ordered with a handmade strap of genuine alligator leather.
Each of the 10 exclusive handmade pieces of the Daedalus Calendar Edition retails for 10 540 euros, excluding VAT.
RÖNKKÖ DAEDALUS – Gold Calendar Edition of 10
• Calendar indicating the date with hours and minutes
• Customised Swiss Soprod A10 movement
• Automatic winding
• 42 h power reserve
• 28 800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
• 25 jewels
• Movement diameter 25,6 mm
• One Icarus talisman (stainless steel) in free-rotation
at the middle of the labyrinthine rotor (rotor mass: 18 kt white gold) in an open case back
• Finishing of the movement: bottom side circular graining (perlage)
• Rönkkö case design – diameter 42 mm and height 11.75 mm
• Hand finished stainless steel 316L case
with satin finished surfaces and polished edges
• Dial side and back side straight sapphire crystal (with anti reflexive coating underside of crystal)
• Stainless steel crown with Rönkkö ® -signage
• Water-resistant to 3 ATM
• Skeleton index with roman numerals with date window at 12 o´clock
• Day-by-day rotating labyrith in the middle of the dial.
HANDS, BUCKLE & STRAP
• Hands with rose gold color.
• Stainless steel buckle with mirror polished surfaces
• Natural matt black rubber strap or genuine matt black alligator strap, embossed Rönkkö -signage
THE FATHER OF THE LABYRINTH
In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a brilliant inventor, architect, craftsman, and artist. He is credited with creating the great labyrinth for King Minos of Crete to hold the Minotaur, and with inventing carpentry, the saw, the axe, the plumb-line, and the drill, as well as glue and isinglass. He first conceived of masts and sails for the ships of King Minos´ navy. He is also said
to have carved statues so realistic that they looked alive and seemed to move.
Daedalus´ name and his creativity, patience, focus, and endurance became associated with any master artificer and with many ancient contraptions that represented dexterous skill. He was considered the ancestor of all ancient artists: the word daedalus can be translated into “skilled creative worker.”
Daedalus was truly an ultimate creative mastermind like no other, but his personality contained also the seeds of his own downfall. One might have expected the gods to bestow great blessings on such a worthy mortal, yet Daedalus´ path of life was very turbulent. He suffered tragedy when his son, Icarus, fell to the earth and drowned after flying too close to the sun with the wings that Daedalus had crafted for him.
Architecture and psychoanalysis can come together to reveal hidden meanings; buildings can affect people who reside in those spaces. In this sense, Daedalus was a victim of his own creation, since he was almost trapped inside the very labyrinth that he himself had designed to imprison the Minotaur.
The legacy of Daedalus suggests that ingenious creativity depends on the ability to capitalize on the multiple modalities of the human mind and body, allowing them to freely converse with one another. It reminds us that the physical and the psychic are intertwined and must jointly participate in the process of creation.
Sometimes the road to unique insight passes close to the madness, yet still ingenious creativity always is the highest form of intelligence. Great master Daedalus undoubtedly knew this.
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March 01, 2018