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Molnar Fabry Corculum Watch With Customized Omega Co-Axial 8500 Movement

Molnar Fabry Corculum Watch With Customized Omega Co-Axial 8500 Movement Watch Releases

There are some unique watch brands out there, but none perhaps as distinctive as Molnar Fabry. I’m not even sure if it’s accurate to call them a “watch brand,” per se — they are more like independent watchsmiths, if you will. Molnar Fabry is the partnership between Michal Molnar and Igor Fabry, two Slovakian goldsmiths/jewlers who have made a name for themselves by taking existing movements and crafting bespoke cases around them. These projects are often collaborative efforts between the client and the watchmakers. Ariel went into some detail on their shop here. What I think is most remarkable about the Molnar Fabry Corculum Watch covered here is that the client requested their own Omega Planet Ocean’s Co-Axial 8500 movement to be donated to the cause and have a watch built around it.

Molnar Fabry Corculum Watch With Customized Omega Co-Axial 8500 Movement Watch Releases

The idea behind the Corculum was to create a piece with elegant and complicated floral skeletonization around the customer’s Co-Axial movement. In doing this, the date mechanism and disc have been removed and a second skeletonized layer was added to assist in holding the hour wheel. The result of these modifications is a movement that has been entirely skeletonized and engraved. The rotor itself has been decorated, but still retains the Omega branding. The 44mm case is polished stainless steel with sapphire crystals on both sides (no mention of water resistance is made). The dial ring is handmade and engraved, as well as signed in black lacquer by the makers. The hands are also handcrafted from steel that has been blued.

Molnar Fabry Corculum Watch With Customized Omega Co-Axial 8500 Movement Watch Releases Molnar Fabry Corculum Watch With Customized Omega Co-Axial 8500 Movement Watch Releases

It’s almost impossible to offer an opinion on a piece like this. These orders with Molnar Fabry are so personal and specialized that it really only matters if the customer ordering the piece likes it. That said, I think it’s remarkable that the Slovakian duo was able to successfully incorporate a modern Omega Co-Axial movement into a piece this specialized and customized — to the extent of modifying the movement, itself. By removing the date wheel and mechanism, it created the need to literally craft a new layer for the movement that rests on the main plate to hold everything together. From an armchair watch journalist’s perspective, that’s bananas.

Molnar Fabry Corculum Watch With Customized Omega Co-Axial 8500 Movement Watch Releases Molnar Fabry Corculum Watch With Customized Omega Co-Axial 8500 Movement Watch Releases

Molnar Fabry is based in Slovakia, so it’s safe to assume that a good deal of their business is done by correspondence. It states on the website that the ordering process starts with the watchmakers getting an understanding of your vision of the piece — it seems like this would be very collaborative. It’s a pretty unusual way to purchase a watch, but the result is truly something unique to you. Obviously, with this piece being a bespoke one-of-a-kind creation, it is not available to the public at large; however, you can start the process through the Molnar Fabry website. It states that the manufacturing process can vary between three and twelve months after the payment of a 50% deposit. There’s no official price for the Corculum, but Molnar Fabry states that a similar piece would be in the ballpark of 15,000 Euros. For additional information, and to start working on your future order, check out molnarfabry.com

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  • SuperStrapper

    I can understand and appreciate the level of skill that goes into that. Shame the end result is so hideous. It looks like the doily under a crystal candy dish in Nana’s apartment.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Doily….. Ha! Funny.

    • cluedog12

      Counterpoint: Nana has good taste.

      • SuperStrapper

        #micdrop

  • Jerdp01

    Fancy!

  • Independent_George

    The back of the watch is more interesting looking than the front.

  • James Honour

    Yuck!

  • Swiss_Cheese

    It’s beautiful-ugly; beautiful in the sense that a lot of time and effort went into it and all by hand, ugly in the sense that you have to actually look at it…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    At the risk of repeating myself I’m going to skip commenting on this. Suffice to say it’s absolutely awful looking.

    • Howie Boyd

      Suffice it to say you commented on this.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Suffice to say. I did.

  • I don’t get why they didn’t make the engraving on the “chapter ring” (I’m being generous in calling it that but at least it is a separate piece) doesn’t have flourishes that correspond to hours. What looks they could have been hour markers are at 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:30 – a missed opportunity I think. I appreciate the work that went into this watch but the resulting dial looks like spaghetti rather than having a main design and then more detail as you look closer. I think the back is more successful.

  • Jon Heinz

    Not my cup of tea but I really admire the work that went into skeletonizing and engraving the movement. Turned out beautifully.

  • MMIChris

    I’m assuming the digital “white-out” on the inside of the case back is because it contains the owner’s name?

  • I’m a lawyer/killjoy, but is Omega cool with this? You can argue whether this is a permissible adaptation of the piece the owner owned, but adding the Omega name/logo brings this into interesting legal territory.

    • SuperStrapper

      Are they cool with it? Who knows. Would they do anything about it, legally or otherwise? Of course not. The guy bought an Omega. I’m sure omega would rather see it end up like this rather than, say, smashed with a brick. The end result is that the original omega no longer exists in this world, but at least with option B its ghost lives on in this artistic rendition of a lower intestine that fell down the stairs.

    • I don’t think they “added” the Omega name/logo so much as preserved it. Like painting your car a non-stock color but retaining the badges.

  • Pete L

    Not for me but very interesting take on an established quality movement and amazing craftsmanship.

  • SuperStrapper

    The $15k doesnt include buying an entire Omega coaxial watch and then trashing it so the movement can be donated.

  • cluedog12

    Aaron, who do you go to for servicing this watch in five years? Molnar Fabry would be my hopeful guess, but hasn’t Omega cracked down on spare parts?

    What’s the spare part scene actually like for the Omega 8500? Do you have to buy a Coffin Aqua Terra on the cheap to serve as a backup movement?