The Ascendent

£ 325

Celebrate your journey, with The Ascendent watch.

Designed by gilding artist Marion Labbez, The Ascendent was created as a celebration of the challenges we all face to scale our personal mountains.

On the face of the watch a mountain shimmers on the horizon, appearing both near enough to touch and also impossibly beyond our grasp.

This sophisticated and elegant design was created with gilded palladium applied in different ways to achieve two different textures.

The Ascendent was made by us in London. Each watch glass was printed and gilded one at a time, by hand; before being assembled in turn by our small and talented team.

Marion explains her inspiration:

"I designed this watch to be a hopeful visual invitation to look forward. Explore, discover, climb, travel: experience the world around you. Never look down, the only way is up and the journey is fulfilling."

This design completes a set of four watches which Marion has produced, each of which embody a different element. In this series, The Ascendent is the element of earth.

It is also powered by an automatic mechanical movement, which means you'll never need to replace the battery. Instead, this unique watch is powered by your movement.

How to read the time:

You'll find the hours in the tree (the watch has a jump-hour movement, so on a new hour, it will flip to the next number - blink and you'll miss it!)

The minutes are represented by groups of stars as follows:To read the minute, you look at the grouping, based on the key above and see how close to the horizon line they are.

If the stars are on the line, then it's exactly that time past the hour; slightly above the line means subtract a minute or two and slightly below the line means add on a minute or two - see example below or watch the video here.

Marioin Labbez

London-based Frenchwoman Marion Labbez is one of a handful of verse églomisé specialists working in the UK today. Whilst preserving the venerable tradition of gilding and painting on the reverse of glass, she rejuvenates it with contemporary patterns, colours and textures.

Marion Labbez creates bespoke hand-crafter panels for application on walls, furniture and mirrors for interiors.

Size: medium / unisex

Strap: 18mm black leather with black stitch

Glass: sapphire (hard-wearing)

Mechanism:ST1721, 20 jewel automatic mechanical

Waterproof: Yes! 5ATM (leather will wear fast if exposed to water)

Guarantee: 12 months - any problems after, we’re happy to help!

Width (3 o’clock to 9 o’clock): 37mm

Height (from lug to lug): 46mm

Case: 316L stainless steel - black PVD coating

We aim to dispatch all watch orders within 2-3 working days, where this isn't possible, we will try to inform you via email.

When your order is dispatched your tracking details will be updated.

Please allow extra processing time for watches with a customised engraving or strap, during busy sales periods this can sometimes take an extra 5-10 working days.

If you are in a hurry for your watch, please email us.

Shipping guide for watches:

UK: FREE DPD shipping, 1-2 working days
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days
The EU: FREE DHL Express shipping, 1-3 working days

Click here to see the full shipping guide for watches

Shipping guide for straps (unless purchased with a watch): 

Free Royal Mail 1st Class / International tracked shipping, 2-14 working days depending on location. You can see a more accurate timescale when you input your address at the checkout.

Shipping guide for t-shirts

All t-shirts on our website are now printed and shipped by an external supplier inside the UK. This means that if you place an order for both a watch and a t-shirt, they will be shipped separately.

Our supplier uses a Royal Mail tracked service for all shipments and this usually takes a little longer than our watches. You can see an estimated timescale when you input your address at the checkout.


Please note, during busy sale periods dispatch may take a little longer (this is quite rare). These delivery times are a guide based on the carriers terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch. 

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