Graham Short is well-known for engraving The Lord’s Prayer on the head of a gold pin, but recently he was faced with an even more difficult challenge – engraving a microscopic paw print on the working mechanism of a watch.
The intricate badger’s paw print features in the logo of new luxury ‘collector’ brand watch company, Brax la Rue.
Founded by Peter Fuller, the UK-based company will launch its limited edition Tourbillon watch on 1 September 2020.
One of the limited run of just 500 watches will contain the tiny engraved paw print hidden away within its mechanism.
Graham Short admitted that engraving the image on the main wheel of the watch was the most difficult job he has ever done, even more so than engraving the words ‘nothing is impossible’ along the sharp edge of a razor blade.
What’s even more impressive is that the artist, dubbed ‘hands of a genius’, engraved the watch using a shard of diamond glued to the tip of a needle.
Peter Fuller explained: “Graham has engraved the badger’s paw print on the main wheel of one of the 500 watches, so anyone who purchases one of these limited edition timepieces could potentially have a watch worth 16 times its value.”
The Tourbillon was patented in 1801 by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet. Tourbillon is French for ‘whirlwind’ – its purpose being to negate the effects of gravity on time accuracy. It is housed in a rotating cage with the whole assembly constantly moving. So whatever position the watch is in, any timing variations are cancelled out.
The limited edition watch is housed in a 42mm diameter stainless steel case with anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass. It features a hand winding Tourbillon movement and is water resistant to 50m. Every limited edition timepiece has been hand assembled and individually numbered. Pre-orders can be placed online at www.braxlarue.com
The artist: Graham Short
Graham Short is a world famous micro-artist known for producing miniature pieces of art. He has spent over 50 years going to physical and mental extremes to produce the highest-quality, and tiniest, hand engravings ever seen – in fact his smallest works of art cannot even be seen by the naked eye.
Graham is considered to be one of the most talented living micro- artists in the world.
Amongst his many masterpieces is a portrait of the Queen engraved onto a pinhead, seen only through a microscope, which recently sold for £100,000, engravings of Jane Austen and Harry Kane on bank notes, and an engraving on the edge of a commemorative medal given to the artist by Neil Armstrong.
For more information, please contact Peter Fuller, founder of Brax La Rue, at 07745 894481
Notes to editor:
Brax La Rue started with a watch enthusiast with a vision to make watches a little different.
Watch an interview featuring Graham Short and Peter Fuller talking about the paw print engraving.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/zxQnu1eJqL4