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By Divyanshu Dutta Roy
Once objects of desire and symbols of stature, these parts of timeless timepieces bearing some of the finest craftsmanship of the Victorian era continue to transcend their call of duty even today.

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This is a collection of vintage watch parts from the 1720s to the 1870s belonging to an enterprising designer and collector Abhishek Basak that he started out just two years ago.

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Long before Vertu phones and jet black credit cards, when a gentleman of repute wanted to discreetly inform his peers of his repute, he could have resorted to one of these.

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A pocketwatch. But not an ordinary one. Handmade and custom-crafted just for the elite, the noble and fashionable containing an ornate piece that was always and by nature - one of a kind.

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Delicately gilded and bejewelled, the plate that held together the watch but only in way that would not impede its rotation, also known as the balance cock, was the most prized part of the watch.

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The reason that they were a statement of wealth was that it took Victorian craftsmen ages to craft one and no two were the same.

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Today these unique creations, with characteristic traits that define their origins and amazing artistry depicting the masks, swans, snakes and fire-breathing dragons, are much-sought after pieces for those who know their value.

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Usually made of brass and gold plated, the priciest ones in Abhishek's collection are these silver ones which are among the rarest.

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You cannot help but marvel at the beauty of these things as the tiny cogs and mechanical bits transport you into a world of history, technology and even fantasy.

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Abhishek’s collection has also led him into the world of Steampunk – a design style incorporating vintage technology that sees him use intricate watch parts to make jewellery, tie clasps, money clips under his brand Absynthe Design.

Abhishek Basak, Absynthe Design

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