15Aug/15

Lew & Huey “Acionna” watch in Celtic style

Lew & Huey is a very cool watch microbrand and I got to engrave one of their “Acionna” preproduction models. Client requested it in Celtic style, as Acionna was celtic water goddess, a fitting style.

Probably the only classical Celtic pattern on the watch is the bezel with 3 intertwining strings, rest was made up.

Lew & Huey "Acionna" engraving

Lew & Huey “Acionna” engraving

Hand engraved Lew & Huey "Acionna"

Hand engraved Lew & Huey “Acionna”

Hand engraved Lew & Huey "Acionna"

Hand engraved Lew & Huey “Acionna”

Hand engraved Lew & Huey "Acionna"

Hand engraved Lew & Huey “Acionna”

20Jun/15

Engraved Apple Watch

One of my recent projects – fine line engraving on an Apple Watch.

The watch itself is a gold plated stainless 38mm version of it. Gold plating and custom crocodile leather straps are done by Legend in Finland.

I must add that even under the microscope the build quality of the Apple Watch is really-really good. Everything is finished properly, fit and finish is just superb. Watch band mechanism is very simple and well thought out. And if you want to stand out from other iWatch wearing crowd, then there’s no better way to do it by having it engraved.

Hand engraved gold plated Apple Watch

Hand engraved gold plated Apple Watch

Hand engraved gold plated Apple Watch

Hand engraved Apple Watch with brown crocodile straps

Hand engraved gold plated Apple Watch

Hand engraved Apple Watch with black crocodile straps

Now that you’ve seen all the pretty photos, here are a few from the work in progress phase.

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Design drawn with pencil

First cut

First cut

Background done and one half shaded

Background done and one half shaded

Shading finished

Shading finished

Closer view of the finished side

Closer view of the finished side

And then the same thing for all other surfaces…

19Apr/15

Engraved “Invicta” watch

An interesting and challenging project in Celtic knot style. “Invicta” 1484 Specialy Collection Chronograph.

hand engraved invicta

Engraved “Invicta” watch

Challenge was twofold. I haven’t done much Celtic style before, so it was totally new “language” to me. Secondly, the case was very hard stainless steel with gold plating. Hardness meant that it broke quite a lot of graver tips and gold plating meant, that absolutely no mistakes allowed. When you scratch or slip in the gold plating, there is no real way to fix it.

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Engraved “Invicta” watch

 

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Engraved “Invicta”, front view

 


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19Jul/14

Engraved Sottomarino watch

This project has been in the making since November 2013. Although in the end I spent 4 full workdays on it. Times have been busy, hour here and couple there is how it’s been.

So, the journey from start to finish in photos.

Starting engraving

Starting engraving

Left side completed

Left side completed

Applying ink to the engraving.

Inking the engraving

Inking the engraving

This is how the completed watch looks like.

Engraved Sottomarino watch

Engraved Sottomarino watch – 3/4 view

Engraved Sottomarino watch - sideview

Engraved Sottomarino watch – sideview

Engraved Sottomarino watch - front view

Engraved Sottomarino watch – front view

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Engraved Sottomarino watch – top view

 

25Apr/14

Facebook page

Hereby I announce a Facebook page for Bottega Marrandi OÜ. This is the legal identity, which represents all the diverse stuff I (or my partners) do from hand engraving, custom knives and electronics to woodwork, DIY audio and so on.

Feel free to follow, share, like, screenshot, tweet and what not: www.facebook.com/BottegaMarrandi.

When the audience has grown big enough, I will do some campaigns, give away some engravings. More info on the FB page.

If you’re wondering what the “Bottega” means, it’s ‘workshop’ in Italian.

10Sep/13

Wedding ring engraving

It’s been a while since my last ring engraving, but here is the next one. This time it’s a gold wedding ring made by Ljudmila Funika-Müür.

Ring itself was only 4mm wide, so I couldn’t engrave anything too complicated there. It was also concave D-shaped, so it would’ve been very difficult, or impossible to do a precise pattern transfer to it. I went old school and drew directly with pencil to the metal. It was repeating pattern and didn’t cause too many problems. The white background color is just watercolor, so pencil would stick better and be more visible.

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Here’s the final result with background removed and blackened. This photo is much bigger than real life, so mistakes are easily spotted. It actually looks very good.

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