Swiss luxury watch maker Clerc presents The Hydroscaph Limited Edition Gold Tourbillon, a strictly limited series of 28 watches. Driving hour, minute, retrograde date and power-reserve display functions, the exclusive Clerc movement sets the scene for a tourbillon with bridges that are visible through an open-worked dial. This sleekly sophisticated model is designed to trigger great horological thrills for great maritime depths.
Clerc Genève already caused a sensation at Baselworld 2009 exhibition this spring with the ultra sophisticated Hydroscaph diver’s watch. Inspired by the conquest of sea-beds, it is equipped with lateral reinforcements and a helium valve enabling it to descend smoothly to the depths of the world’s oceans. The Geneva-based brand is now presenting a new and extremely spectacular version of this model: the Hydroscaph Limited Edition Gold Tourbillon.
The new Hydroscaph Limited Edition Gold Tourbillon houses an exclusive hand-wound tourbillon movement equipped with twin barrels guaranteeing a 120-hour power reserve. This remarkable autonomy is exceptional for a diver’s watch and avoids any need to handle the crown while in water.
This exclusive 60-second Clerc Tourbillon movement meets the highest standards of Swiss fine watchmaking and drives the hours, minutes, the retrograde date display at 1:30 and the power-reserve indicator at 5 o’ clock.
The extremely contemporary open-worked dial conceals nothing of the high-precision mechanism, while the S-shaped hollowed vertical tourbillon bridge echoes the scooped-out hour and minute hands. Meanwhile, the numerals and hour-markers are engraved on the inside of the glare-proofed sapphire crystal to ensure perfect readability.
The precious nature of the new Hydroscaph Limited Edition Gold Tourbillon also stems from its exterior. Its generous 49.6 mm case in 18-carat rose gold and black titanium is so complex that it called for more than 75 parts and a brand-new set of construction specifications.
Water-resistant to 500 metres, it is fitted with lugs enabling a perfect fit on all wrist sizes and even over a diving suit. However, the most innovative new feature of this model is its rotating bezel with a roller-knob at 10 o’ clock serving to pivot and lock the bezel to the required position. The whole is further secured by unique lateral protective guards that thus avoid any accidental shift in position while diving.