Collection André Martinez
How it all began… …
After 10 years working on hundreds of projects for jewellery brands and 30 years as a freelance miniature painter for the world’s leading watch brands, I decided in 2023 to offer an exclusive collection of 18k gold watches with hand-painted dials bearing the name André Martinez.
Why this collection?
First of all, to give free rein to my imagination and create creations on which I can express my own creativity, or that of my customer who wants a personalized dial.
As these are unique and exclusive pieces, customers can ask me to personalize their watches:
inscriptions on the dial, oscillating weight painted with a particular motif, a signature or dedication.
In this way, customers participate in the entire process of creating their timepiece.
A certificate of authenticity is, of course, delivered with the watch.
I wanted an original case. I designed it to bear my signature. The case serves as a frame for all my miniature paintings created as one-off pieces in the André Martinez Collection.
These timepieces are offered in 18k 750 pink gold and 750 white.
The case is structured in 3 parts: the bezel, the case and the back, which is opened to reveal the movement, on which the oscillating mass is also in 18k gold.
The case has a diameter of 42 millimeters, is 9.6 mm thick and weighs 80 grams of gold, making it a very pleasant and refined watch to wear.
The 2 anti-reflective sapphire crystals make reading the hours and back even easier.
As I’m not a watchmaker and don’t want to offer complicated movements that I don’t master, with the risk of breakdowns, I decided to offer a mechanical movement renowned for its robustness and reliability, which can be easily maintained by any trained watchmaker.
The well-known ETA 2892-2 Automatic movement comes with a 2-year warranty.
Made in Switzerland, the strap is in genuine rubber.
This choice means I don’t have to use crocodile or other animal skins. It’s also easy to replace.
The watch box
A precious wooden case serves as a showcase for the precious timepieces in the André Martinez Collection.
Each watch in the André Martinez Collection is a Unique Piece made to order or based on my own initiative and creativity
It takes over 40 hours to create each dial on natural mother-of-pearl.
The price of each timepiece is around CHF 40,000 and varies according to the complexity of the theme selected.