The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Lavish style and symbolic vibes. Exclusively feminine… The Tree of Life, an authentic watchmaking masterpiece by KERBEDANZ, explores the fascinating world of haute joaillerie.
"Making sense of beauty" is the KERBEDANZ motto, the masters in combining universal symbols with the outmost in the art of Swiss watchmaking. With this ultra-limited series of forty-one watches, the Swiss brand from Neuchâtel, Switzerland, has connected with the delicate intimacy of the most refined and demanding women. This is a watch that explores the frontiers of female inaccessibility.

A tapestry of snow-set emeralds This extraordinary timepiece, the Tree of Life, was presented at the Palace at Baselworld 2016, the world's greatest watchmaking showcase. It is a distillate of all the ancient jewelry traditions, of which KERBEDANZ remains a rightful heir.

It exudes the lavishness of massive gold and natural glass. The Tree of Life features a total of 540 carefully selected, cut and calibrated emeralds, generously sprinkled in a snow setting around the bezel and stretching all the way to the delightfully sculpted lugs.

This harmonious, esthetically balanced creation is deeply immersed in the opulent style of the jeweler, an ancient, flowering tree planted in a mossy undergrowth. It is the product of an inspired designer, a work of horological art brimming with gold leaves and spangled with diamonds – the indices – and harboring an ultra-precise Swiss mechanical automatic movement. It speaks to the heart of women who, in spite of their discreet inclination towards all matters transcendent, do maintain a feeling for earthy realities.

This great, very real jewel, made with the know-how and skill of the KERBEDANZ gem setters, expresses universal symbols redolent of celestial dews and the sacred fruit of the Garden of Eden. In all cultural and spiritual traditions of mankind, on all five continents, the Tree of Life represents physical and spiritual growth. With its branches that reach towards the sky in a ceaseless quest for perfection, and its roots that connect with Mother Earth, this special tree is at the juncture of two worlds. It is the connection between divine immortality and the human condition.

Like its leaves and fruit, which perform that gracious ballet of eternal cycle of apparent death and seasonal rebirth, this organic being is bursting with vitality. With KERBEDANZ, a path of initiation is always in the equation. The brand differentiates itself by a special strategy: It's the only top Swiss watchmaker that aims to "make sense of beauty." It adds meaning to sheer esthetic power, which is now in close relation to emotion. So it takes its enthusiasts – who are often MIPs, or Most Important Personalities – on a path through universal symbols. It offers initiatory journeys explored by way of unique pieces, or pieces in ultra-limited series. Once again, KERBEDANZ is expressing a harmonious marriage between two stories going back centuries. Indeed, the Tree of Life model combines the legacy of Switzerland's watchmaking regions, with its proliferation of micro-mechanical genius, and a family dynasty of engravers, enamellers and miniature sculptors that has kept the arts and crafts related to ancient jeweler tradition alive for generations.

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