The city of Paris and its story on the quest for time.
Thanks to a unique savoir-faire, the manufacture has created an extraordinary office that tells the story of the Paris meridian.
This adventure began in June 1667 during the creation of the Paris Observatory and its meridian room. This sublime representation of Paris put forward this imaginary line with the aid of a remarkable and fine laser setting decor. Blending bluish and golden tints, it is an ancient tale told with tomorrow materials and technologies.
Two centuries later, in 1884, the Paris meridian was abandoned in lieu of the international meridian of Greenwich. A law adopting the latter, declared officially on March 9, 1911 the definitive closure of its existence.
Since then, the 24 time zones have been set to «Greenwich Mean Time». Adding another degree of precision, the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) appeared in 1972.
The different time zones are thus defined for the whole globe (UTC -11.00 to UTC +13.00), Sébastien Barrau decides to highlight their international references by means of thin laser inscriptions on the edge of the furniture. Paris, London, New York, Dubai as well as Praia, Rikitea and Apia. Focusing in avant-garde technology, this office also has valuable inserts. A 1 carat diamond marks the location of the Louvre Pyramid. It highlights the passage of the meridian in the course Napoleon. This precious stone rests on a frame obtained by titanium additive manufacture and an 18k gold crimp.
With "Paris in titanium - GMT History", Sébastien Barrau succeeded in entering the world of matchless and outstanding furniture; he took over the codes of exclusivity and then surpassed them thanks to a subtle work of laser texturing. By adding patterns and colors, titanium is neither raw nor cold, it becomes velvet to the touch and turns rainbow to the experienced observers.
High-Tech heritage in search of the fine art.
Sébastien Barrau, a booster towards the future! High-speed turning operations deliver a micro-precision. The sophisticated metal cuttings are carefully controlled and measured. When technology meets style and design.
Through innovative finishing stages, laser texturing is a key expertise from Sebastien Barrau Manufacture which could be associated with a contemporary adaptation of cabinet-maker marquetry. Mastering thorough control on laser programming and subtle material knowledge:« Paris in titanium – GMT History » desk conveys evidence of richness and technology know-how. Respecting haute watchmaking codes, the seine is drawn with 24 guilloche silver plates, in a version "nails of Paris" fully machined in the mass. Using a slightly bluish precious resin the composition is revealed and shows an astonishing finesse.
The tray is thus associated with a 6 mm safety glass which provides it all its functionality. In addition, the titanium fasteners bring an additional functionality in the assembly high-speed.
The feet are assembled using an ultra-precise ball screw system that allows the feet to be assembled and disassembled in seconds.
The titanium plateau finishing stage in "Côtes de Genève" is of remarkable complexity and reminds us that Sébastien Barrau uses audacity as a limit. Another achievement remains with the four feet. They express alone the complexity of the design as well as the exceptional characteristics of the material implemented.
The result obtained; treasure of mechanical precision; offers to the observer the incomparable technological prowess combining resistance, finesse and lightness. As a whole, the design of the desk results in unique, surprising and exceptional masterpiece. Going through a new era, Titanium breaks the usual codes with Sebastien Barrau who allows you to bring an incomparable.
Limited Edition of 5 pieces
Story of Paris meridian
1500 x 800 x 750 mm
Central piece :
Grade 5 titanium
1300 x 600 x 10.5 mm /12.5 mm (contour lines)
Milling ø 6 mm - Roughness 0.8
Geneva stripes 60° with light hand polishing
Fine laser setting decor - contour lines « Paris Pixel Colour » 2x2 mm
Blending bluish and golden tints - 4 mm – Paris meridian.
Fine laser setting inscriptions with 24 time zones /
highlight international references
Under table polished by hand
4 inserts carbon in corners: Carbone HexMC® /
gold milling« Louvre Pyramid »
Finishing : Surface displays extremely regular black undulations with
gold leaf layers
24 silver 925 inserts « Seine river » rhodium plating
Finishing : Guilloche « clou de Paris » milling ø 0.5 mm
Polished by hand
Slightly bluish precious resin
Insert « Louvre Pyramid » with diamond 1 carat rare white
Setting Diamond with grade 5 titanium /18k gold
Grade 5 titanium additive manufacturing piece
Plate 10 mm Carbone HexMC® /gold milling
Finishing: Surface displays extremely regular black undulations with
gold leaf layers
Table legs Supports:
Grade 5 titanium
5 axes milling with satin finishing surfaces
Pins aeronautic stainless steel
High resistance friction / Easy and fast handling/high precision
Grade 5 titanium
5 axes milling
Satin finishing surface
chamfer polished by hand
24kg without glass