ERIC GIROUD

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style Watched & Jewellery -

WATCH DESIGNER

BACK­GROUND

Born in Switzer­land,

Eric Giroud was im­mersed in the world of arts and cul­ture from a very young age. He cul­ti­vated his love of mu­sic, which he stud­ied un­til the age of 20, then moved on to ar­chi­tec­ture, and dab­bled in graph­ics, pack­ag­ing and prod­uct de­sign be­fore es­tab­lish­ing his own de­sign agency in 1998.

CRE­ATIVE PHI­LOS­O­PHY

Fu­elled by his trav­els,

Giroud cre­ates de­signs that have earned him nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades. The world of watch­mak­ing has be­come his favourite field of ex­pres­sion and he has col­lab­o­rated with some of the big­gest names in the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing Harry Win­ston, Badol­let and MB&F. Giroud’s cre­ativ­ity has been recog­nised for his work at De­laneau on the Rondo 36mm, which won the Ladies’ Watch prize at the Grand Prix d’hor­logerie (GPHG) in 2013, and at MB&F for the Le­gacy Ma­chine No. 1 watch, which won the Men’s Watch prize and the Public Prize at the GPHG in 2012.

LAT­EST COL­LAB­O­RA­TION

Giroud’s most re­cent project

with MB&F is the Horo­log­i­cal Ma­chine No. 6 (known as the “Space Pirate”). With its space-age biomor­phic case, the watch is capped top and bot­tom by trans­par­ent sap­phire crys­tal domes. In­di­ca­tions ro­tate ver­ti­cally, dis­play­ing hours and min­utes, and the time­piece is driven by an au­to­matic move­ment with twin spher­i­cal tur­bines. At the cen­tre of the watch is a dome that houses a 60-sec­ond fly­ing tour­bil­lon. The Space Pirate, also known as MB&F Horo­log­i­cal Ma­chine No. 6, is a fu­tur­is­tic cre­ation that evokes a sense of science fic­tion

span­ning gal­ax­ies

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