In 2006, Swiss watch maker Montres Charmex SA celebrated its 80th anniversary. To commemorate this anniversary, the Swiss watch brand has launched the special limited edition JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection.
The first model of Charmex JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 Collection is a Réserve De Marche (with power reserve indicator) version that was launched at Basel world 2007.
Montres Charmex’s history began in 1926 when Max Bürgin, the grandfather of the current director Frank M. Bürgin, started his apprenticeship as a watchmaker in the Swiss village of Bubendorf. At that time, the watch sector was still untouched by mass production and everything depended on quality. A watch was not an accessory, but an object of a lifetime, and manufacturers proudly displayed their skills and craftsmanship.
The JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection comprises five exceptional mechanical timepieces. While housing different complications, they have the same extremely elegant case. Each model will be manufactured in a limited edition of 200. One new model will be presented each year and, in 2011, Charmex will offer a finely-crafted box with the fifth timepiece to house the entire collection.
It took Charmex’s watchmakers more than a year to design and produce the first model for the JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection.
The case comprises four separate pieces, each with a tolerance of less than 1/10 mm. The conical shape of the threads for the screws guarantees that the case is not scratched when the screws are turned.
The blue screws harmonise with the blued, polished hands, as well as the blue of the power reserve indicator. This play of colours is repeated on the plate, which has “Limited Edition” engraved on it. The chamfered attachments bring an air of fantasy to the case’s refined lines.
The RÉSERVE DE MARCHE movement is manufactured with traditional craftsmanship by Dubois-Dépraz, a movement manufacturer nestled in the heart of the Joux Valley, in Switzerland. The rotor is rhodium-plated and snailed and has a Côtes de Genève decoration.
The blue logo has been engraved with meticulous care. The bridge is circular-grained and the edges fluted.
Model: Charmex JUBILÉ 1926-2006 Réserve De Marche
Automatic Dubois Dépraz Cal. 7000, 21 rubies
Rhodium-plated, snailed rotor, with Côtes de Genève decoration
Blue engraved logo, blued screws, circular-grained bridge
44-hour power reserve
Hours, minutes, date, mechanical power reserve indicator
10 micron rose-gold plated stainless steel, ∅42.5 mm, fluted edges, chamfered attachments
Anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire back, 6 blued screws, conical threads
Water-resistant to 50 metres
Polished, blued steel hands
Double folding clasp, engraved logo
10-micron yellow-gold-plated or stainless steel case
Edition limited to 200 pieces
Retail price without VAT CHF 3’240.- (stainless steel) / CHF 3’710.- (gold plated)