Unveiled by TLex of OceanicTime.com and mentionned by Grégory Pons of BusinessMontres.com, Italian entrepreneur Federico Fiorillo launched his watch company. Temporanea Manifattura Fiorillo was first born in Spring 2009, as a project to supply a small number of watches to friends. Mr. Fiorillo was quickly overwhelmend by orders, and so he decided to plan production of 77 pieces called “1895”.
What is particular about this series is that Mr. Fiorillo’s friends could choose between:
- two case designs
- three case designs
- two crystals
- two hands sets designs
Given the small quantities, Mr. Fiorillo had to have most of the parts hand-made. Dials were printed with old tools and Super-Luminova applied by hand. Hands were custom-made by a goldsmith in pink or white gold. Case backs wer hand-engraved.
On the mechanical part, the ubiquitous and rugged Unitas 6497-1 found its way in, but some Hamilton and Elgin pocket watch movements were also sourced.
Having learned the trade, Mr. Fiorillo has now set on creating a diving watch, model 3883. All he needs is a list of 99 buyers to get the project started. Collectors can find out more on Temporanea Manifattura Fiorillo’s private forum. Previews of the new model have been published on the OceanicTime blog and the Watchuseek forum.