Florent Lecomte L-Pu02 Pièce Unique, Stainless Steel

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A Pièce Unique from French watchmaker Florent Lecomte, this L-Pu02 is the first example from the workshop to feature a hand hammered dial. Originally Lecomte's personal watch and prototype, the watch was entirely refinished and adapted to be a unique piece for a client, with a new, semi-openworked dial and personal touches engraved on the movement. The history and transition that this watch has gone through make this an especially remarkable example. 

What is independent watchmaking?

Giving a straightforward definition of independent watchmaking is a near impossible task. In recent years, the question has become even harder to answer – ask any collector what they would define as “independent” and you’ll almost certainly get a wide range of answers, each drawing different parameters for the category, or defining it by completely different rules.

Notably, a condition for becoming a member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) is that the watchmaker should “independently develop and produce their creations” but, once again, leaves the word “independent” up for debate. In the context of the AHCI’s creation, we can perhaps comfortably assume that they mean watchmakers who are independent of big brands or larger conglomerates. But since then, the world of independents has only grown and, with it, the many different interpretations of watchmaking that each artisan brings to the table.

At its very core, the term “independent” is defined as “not [being] influenced or controlled in any way by other people, events, or things”. Within watchmaking, this does not only have financial implications, but can also have creative, technological, or literal ones, especially regarding the watchmakers themselves.

Independent watchmaking