Valerii Danevych is a wood craftsman from Kiev, Ukraine whose beautiful wooden watches were showcased recently during the Baselworld 2013.Coming from a long line of cabinetmakers; the artist has been crafting wooden miniatures since his childhood.
With the increase in fascination and experience he started creating more complicated artworks and since 2005 he has committed his life to built functional timepieces made entirely from wood. The only exception is the metal spring which is required to propel the movement.
Without any training and basic education of watch making, it took Danevych a while to learn the art and about three years for his first pocket watch to be completed. The Ukrainian watchmaker can emulate complex movement mechanisms such as the flying tourbillion. A set of wooden gears can store 20 hours of reserve power. The timepieces show precise timing (with an accuracy rate of about 5 minutes per day for wristwatches).
Danevych creates these masterpieces by carefully crafting them under the microscope. One of his proud accomplishments is a necklace watch which is just about 1.3 mm in diameter and doesn’t contain any screws. The latest masterpiece by him is a men’s wristwatch with full retrograde indication and a tourbillon movement. It took him about seven months and 1,800 work hours of dedication to create an extra ordinary wooden watch which comes with a massive €100,000 price tag.
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