Combining form and function with the utmost precision and harmony, the Dresdon-based top watchmaker Lang & Heyne is known for crafting timepieces whose every single piece evolves and matures carefully in the hands of their finest watchmakers, mechanics, finishers and engravers. Now, showcasing its kinship to the classic tradition of making watches by hand, Lang & Heyne has unveiled its 'Caliber I' in ivory, a wrist-watch inspired by an historical watch made over a century ago and displayed at the Dresden Art museum. Lang & Heyne actually researched the material's unique features, before designing and producing the ‘Caliber I’ with mammoth ivory plates, balance cock and bridges. However, we have also earlier seen some of the exclusive products crafted out of ivory like the Mammoth ivory collector series luxury chess Set which is is crafted from 40,000-year old wooly mammoth ivory, the Su Zhongyang's ivory carving car and the Singulum luxurious wooden notebooks with Ivory & Gold Keyboard.
Rather than using unappealing materials like alloys or even silicon, Lang & Heyne has got ‘Caliber I’ watch crafted completely with ivory. Considering the fact that people visiting the Dresden art collection actually marvel at the precious carvings of ivory; the watchmakers at Lang & Heyne together with Alexander Babel, a Russian watch enthusiast, investigated the material's unique features and presented the result; the L&H ‘Caliber I’.
For the material, the watchmaker has not harmed any elephant; rather the tusk for the limited-edition of just 25 watches comes from a wooly mammoth that actually died some 10,000 years ago with its tusk surviving in the Permafrost soil of Russian arctic tundra.
Further, the ultra-fine structure and the ivory's creamy white color perfectly matched with the metal work pieces. Also, this masterpiece comes encased in the ‘Johann von Sachse’ and ‘Friedrich August I’, depending totally on the personal preference of the future owner, who’ll pay $42,020 for the watch in either pink or yellow gold, and $43910 in white gold.