Kelys & Chirp OchreReference# AXT.92.6990.001NEWManufacturer's retail price: $49,500.00Compare
- Limited Edition: 18 pieces
- Case: turtle: rhodium plated brass, stainless steel, leather shell scales and black onyx eyes; bird: 18-karat white gold and sapphire eyes
- Size: 24cm length x 16 cm width x 8 cm height without the bird
- Function: the tortoise walks and moves its head; the bird rises from the shell and moves while playing a bird song
Kelys & Chirp is a joyous celebration of friends. It is itself a union of Chirp and Kelys, two unlikely companions living happily together, and was developed as a co-creation by two Friends: Reuge and Nicolas Court. Kelys (from the Greek chelone or chelys for tortoise) moves in a realistic tortoise-like gait with his head moving slowly side-to-side, his movements all in synchronicity with Chirp as springing from her nest and pirouetting, her beak opening and closing, wings flapping, and tail wagging, all in time to the melodic bird song.
Turtles have long represented wisdom in many cultures because of their long life spans (up to 190 years). While Kelys is certainly wise enough (an integrated mechanical sensor ensures that he doesn’t walk off table or desk tops), it’s his playful streak that complements Chirp’s musical exuberance.
While Kelys & Chirp may look relatively simple compared to a complicated watch, its 480 components (enough for a minute repeater) are a testament to the complexity within. This is where Nicolas Court and his team worked their magic: working around the Singing Bird, which is a complete movement itself, they faced significant challenges when developing the turtle automaton mechanism.