The Ascendent


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.

This is a re-issue of the limited edition watch, the colour palette and gilding in the design have been slightly changed to distinguish it from the limited version.

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: TY2709 20 jewel automatic mechanical (this means it has no battery, instead it's powered by the movement of your wrist)

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

Largest strap diameter: 205mm
Smallest strap diameter: 150mm

We aim to dispatch all 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:

- FREE DHL Express shipping, 2-4 working days

We now include all duties and taxes in the price of your watch.

This means, the price you pay when you checkout is the full price and you will not have to pay any extra charges.

Shipping guide for t-shirts

All t-shirts are printed by us and shipped from our workshop in London. This means if you place an order for both a watch and t-shirt(s), they will be shipped together via DHL. Delivery times for these can be found on our shipping guide here.

If you order a t-shirt without a watch, it will be shipped via a Royal Mail tracked service which usually takes a little longer. You can see an estimated timescale when you input your address at the checkout.

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

Free Royal Mail shipping, 3-7 working days (depending on location)


These delivery times are a guide based on the DHL and Royal Mail terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch. 

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