Leoncino Creation
Leoncino Creation
Leoncino Creation
Leoncino Creation
Leoncino Creation
Leoncino Creation
Leoncino Creation
Leoncino Creation
Leoncino Creation

This is all packaged together in our new signature case.

Leoncino Creation


Ranginui and Papatuanuku were the first gods and they were perpetually joined together. Because of this the world was in darkness. Their children lived in the crevices of a dark universe. Tane, the greatest of their children and himself a God, forced his parents apart and in doing so, brought light into the world.

There was a time of great chaos during the separation and Ranginui was eventually forced up and became the Sky Father and Papatuanuku stayed where she was and became the Earth Mother.

The God Tane brought life into the world by creating all the forests and birds. His brothers and sisters once released into the light went on to become the Gods of war, fertility and all the other things that affect our daily lives.

The watch features a deep blue dial signifying the Sky and the inner gold bezel earth. The top figure is Papatuanuku with Tane in the middle and Ranginui below. Each lug features Tane.

Movement: Swiss Made Sellita Caliber SW200-1 automatic movement.
Case Diameter: 40mm excluding the crown.
Case Finish: 316L Stainless Steel, brushed.
Crown: Signed screw down crown.
Crystal: Sapphire (double domed), AR coating.
Dial & Hands: Swiss Super-LumiNova® BGW9 (Old Radium colour); sandwich dial construction
Case Back: Solid with Magrette shield relief against blasted background.
Water-resistance: 200M/20ATM water resistance.
Strap: Leather strap with red stitching plus integrated quick-release bracelet with butterfly clasp, signed.

Limited Edition: 20 pieces only

Note: Free shipping within New Zealand

Engraved Timepieces

Like all artistic endeavours, the subject matter is open to artistic interpretation by the artist creating the design. This was true of ancient cultures as it is today.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that today we have far more research material and a wider sphere of influence to call upon than the ancients did. But both share the same common theme that has been carried on for a millennia of artisans of all cultures, and that is to create objects of outstanding beauty that can have practical and/or spiritual meaning to the society they live in.

Hand engraving is a highly refined and skilled art that has changed little in the last few centuries. The artisan cuts lines in the metal using small, sharp, steel hand tools called 'gravers' that are forced along by hand or a slight hammering action. To do this the engraver must develop an affinity with the metal they are working on whether it be steel, copper, brass or precious metals like silver and gold.

Today's engravers have the benefit of better magnification like microscopes so the work can be incredibly fine. They also have better steel gravers as some of the metals to be engraved like stainless steel are extremely tough to cut through.

Andrew Biggs - Metal Engraver for Magrette

Andrew Biggs at work.

First the design is roughly drawn out with pencil and paper and increasingly refined until the final design is reached. After that it can be drawn straight to the metal or transferred by various means to the item to be engraved. The main lines are then cut into the surface.

For more high end and sophisticated work, the background is then relived which involves the cutting away of the background to below the surface level. The background is then textured in some way to make a contrast between the surface design and the background. This texturing is an integral part of the overall design of the engraving and has to be balanced in harmony with the overall design. Too much background dominates and too little will overcrowd the work.

Finally the shading, or detail cuts are made. These tend to be lighter than the main cuts and add shadows and contrast to the overall design. It is at this stage that the personality of the work shines through. Quite often the engraver will just make it up as they go along and it is only then that they get to see the real beauty of the metal and design that lies within the engraver's imagination.

Read about our engraver, Andrew Biggs.

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