Rby collaborates with master artisans by giving them space to freely express their artistic talents. The latest collaboration has resulted in “Espressione Romantica” by Matteo Stauffacher. Based in Lausanne, Matteo Stauffacher is a qualified EPF architect, designer and enameller. His exploration of the artistic theme of “contrast” is no doubt inspired by his diverse professional background.
- XRby x Matteo Stauffacher. Automatic movement manufactured in Switzerland with a power reserve of 86 hours, frequency of 3 Hz, and an enamelled oscillating weight. The watch has a diameter of 41 mm, the glass box is made of sapphire, and the openworked case back and signature crown are in white gold.
Indeed, Espressione Romantica is the embodiment of contrast. It represents an improbable encounter between Francesco Hayez, a leading artist of Italian Romanticism, and Wassily Kandinsky, the pioneer of abstract art. The dial is a magnificent fusion of the two artists’ works: “Il bacio” from 1859 and “Transverse line” from 1923.
Matteo Stauffacher’s dial uses the cloisonné enamel technique, where the pattern is outlined in gold wire and the cells are filled with enamel. The piece is fired several times then sanded to perfection. This technique was also used to decorate the oscillating weight.
Price: CHF 44,000