Scatola del Tempo
A PASSION TO BEGIN WITH
The creation of Scatola del Tempo goes back to the end of the 80’ and is due neither to a mere marketing choice nor to a diversification of a business already operating in the sector. Scatola del Tempo was born from the will and the initiative of a collector, Mr. Sandro Colarieti that, researching a watch holder that could be at the quality level of the models in his possession, couldn’t help but make one himself, using local craftsmanship and first quality materials. At the first he made a small series, gifting the ones he wouldn’t use to some of his friends. After a while many requests to have some exactly like the ones before, started to arrive.
This is how one of the best examples of the Made in Italy was “spontaneously” born, that is Scatola del Tempo that is today appreciated and known in the five continents. It is about an object designed with a “deep” knowledge of what it is destined to contain, made completely by hand by the best craftsmen, using the best leather and the most prestigious silks, produced in Colarieti’s family textile firm and proposing in all the models innovative technical solutions matched with taste and elegance. In the productive cycle everything starts with the internal shapes structured in the size and the obstructions, in such a way to adapt itself to almost all watches that are in commerce today, allowing transportation without useless pressures, but also without dangerous movements. Naturally every mold is first covered by an absorbent material and then by a soft jacquard silk cloth with exclusive design.
This operation, which is very delicate, is made once more by hand and needs an attention that only years of experience can give. The box is then refined externally in leather, still treated with natural methods, or in briar root, making sure in this case to use polished varnish that will not oxidize the watches that are placed inside. Other particularities, like clasp and zippers, are also made by exclusive design and are refined with a gold plating that guarantees the duration and the hulling in time. Watch winders idea goes back to 1990. It is about rotating watch holders, thought of to guarantee the recharge of automatic models, in such a way to maintain not only the hour indication, but also the date, not negligible for example in the perpetual calendars. Until then, in fact, there was nothing similar in commerce and above all the size was not comfortable to place easily in a safe or could not be taken on a trip. Mr. Sandro Colarieti created the 1RT model, founder of a long series, that immediately had an enormous success as much as these devices were used by the most famous Houses of Swiss Horology. Patek Philippe starting from that moment uses these devices for its prestigious watches. The watch winders are equipped with a high precision micromotor and commanded by a microprocessor, they can rotate clockwise and anti-clockwise allowing to maintain the charge, with a superior autonomy up to a year, any automatic movement. All the models of the rotors series take the necessary energy for the rotation from common alkaline batteries or by using a transformer. The argument is definitely more complex when it comes to their making. The electronic command part are made in exclusive for Scatola del Tempo by specialized personnel that works expressly for the firm.
The motors come from Switzerland. Their principal characteristics are low consumption, reduced discharges of magnetic field and extraordinary reliability in time. In Switzerland are made also the gears in brass and the series with entirely visible movements. The precision of the construction and assemblage is guaranteed by machines and high qualified personnel that are used to producing daily cages for the tourbillon movements. For all the models, always and in any case, the definitive assemblage is made in Italy, just like the quality control on the finish materials (brass, briar root, leather and silk) and on the operation of the mechanical parts. Scatola del Tempo is based in definitive on an essential concept and that is that none of its constructive particularities can be left to chance, or underestimated. From the ergonomics of the lodging, to the choice of the best silk for the coating, to the clasps and the external leather finishing, to the electronics and mechanics of the watch winders, everything is followed for each single piece with care and commitment for the details.