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The Moana Pacific Waterman Kupe features this stunning new design by New Zealand engraving artist, Andrew Biggs.

The motif features the battle between Kupe, the first explorer to Aotearoa/New Zealand, and his adversary, Te Wheke, the giant octopus who followed Kupe all the way from Hawaiiki.

Their final battle was in Te Moana o Raukawa (Cook Straight) of Aotearoa which is situated between Te Ika a Maui (North Island) and Te Wai Pounamu (South Island).

After years of battling one another, Kupe finally managed to defeat his arch enemy and allow him and his family to travel the oceans between Hawaiiki and Aotearoa unchallenged.

This story is an inspirational reminder that no matter how great the challenges are in our life we can overcome them with perseverance, determination and courage. Our lives, and that of our families, can be enriched and lived to the fullest. No obstacle is too great to overcome.

Each individually hand-engraved case features Tangaroa, God of the sea, as the centrepiece and to his left and right is Kupe fighting Te Wheke. Their bodies are intertwined in battle and staring at each other in challenge.

The pearl background gives a soft texture to the design and represents the swirling turmoil of the ocean as it extends out to the rolling waves on the ends of the lugs. Watching over them on the top of the lugs is Tangaroa.

Case Dimensions: 42mm x 51mm lug-to-lug, 22mm lug width, 13mm tall (excl. crystal)

Material: 316L stainless steel case, crown, and buckles. Fine brushed finishing throughout.

Bezel: Ceramic (matte finish), engraved and fully lumed (Swiss Super-LumiNova¬ģ Old Radium).

Dial: Sandwich construction with Swiss Super-LumiNova¬ģ Old Radium lume; fully brushed hands with Super-LumiNova¬ģ Old Radium lume.

Water-resistance: 500m/1650ft water resistance. Viton gasket used on case back.

Movement: ETA Caliber 2824-2, Reserve 38 hours.

Crystal: Sapphire (high domed), AR coating.

Crown: Screw down, raised Magrette shield logo.

Straps: Textured rubber (black).

Limited: Ten (10) pieces each individually numbered. Limit of 1 per customer.


Price: USD$3,200.00 (plus $120.00 shipping)

Note: Free shipping within New Zealand. Discount codes do not apply for engraved models.

Engraved Timepieces

Like all artistic endeavours, the subject matter is open to artistic interpretation by the artist creating the design. This was true of ancient cultures as it is today.

Perhaps the biggest difference is that today we have far more research material and a wider sphere of influence to call upon than the ancients did. But both share the same common theme that has been carried on for a millennia of artisans of all cultures, and that is to create objects of outstanding beauty that can have practical and/or spiritual meaning to the society they live in.

Hand engraving is a highly refined and skilled art that has changed little in the last few centuries. The artisan cuts lines in the metal using small, sharp, steel hand tools called 'gravers' that are forced along by hand or a slight hammering action. To do this the engraver must develop an affinity with the metal they are working on whether it be steel, copper, brass or precious metals like silver and gold.

Today's engravers have the benefit of better magnification like microscopes so the work can be incredibly fine. They also have better steel gravers as some of the metals to be engraved like stainless steel are extremely tough to cut through.

First the design is roughly drawn out with pencil and paper and increasingly refined until the final design is reached. After that it can be drawn straight to the metal or transferred by various means to the item to be engraved. The main lines are then cut into the surface.

For more high end and sophisticated work, the background is then relived which involves the cutting away of the background to below the surface level. The background is then textured in some way to make a contrast between the surface design and the background. This texturing is an integral part of the overall design of the engraving and has to be balanced in harmony with the overall design. Too much background dominates and too little will overcrowd the work.

Finally the shading, or detail cuts are made. These tend to be lighter than the main cuts and add shadows and contrast to the overall design. It is at this stage that the personality of the work shines through. Quite often the engraver will just make it up as they go along and it is only then that they get to see the real beauty of the metal and design that lies within the engraver's imagination.

Read about our engraver, Andrew Biggs.

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