Switzerland is a privileged country in terms of craftsmanship, sensibility and know-how in the fields of art, design and luxury. Addressing sectors of excellence as varied as fine watchmaking, tableware andexploring the uses of noble materials through specific techniques is made possible thanks to the Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship of the ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (Lausanne School of Art and Design), which encourages experimentation at all stages of a product’s development, from design to manufacture.
True to this spirit, and in keeping with the tradition art mechanics for which the Swiss Jura is known and of which he is a fervent advocate, Denis Flageollet, Founder and Master Watchmaker of De Bethune, has initiated a dialogue with ECAL Director Alexis Georgacopoulos, to find a way of encouraging a graduate in his or her research as it passes the milestone of the Master’s Degree.
Among the impressive entries submitted for this first year by the students enrolled in the ECAL’s “Master of Advanced Studies in Design for Luxury & Craftsmanship,” the work of 22-year-old Clara Martin clearly stood out. During the year leading up to her graduation in 2019, she worked on Black as a theme. It has to be said that Denis Flageollet – in his research work on natural colors – has long sought to truly grasp and render black with the DB28 Tourbillon Noir, the tests with black dials and blue exteriors, the black DB27, the work on the black bronze of the Maestri’Art which transcends the color of gold, the black Dream Watch 5 with different textures and materials… De Bethune looks forward to finding answers to this quest together with Clara, and is pleased to present her with a grant of CHF 8,000 in support of her work and her journey.