For this new watch, Fabrice Gonet, one of the three associate designers from HD3 Complication, took inspiration from the wonderful era of pirates and buccaneers, to which he added the retro-futuristic steampunk style so uniquely characteristic of Vulcania. The design of the Black Pearl watch case is straight out of the world of pirates: there is a hatch on the 9 o’clock side of the case which looks like a cannon hatch of a naval man o’war from former times.
The hatch opens to give a panoramic view of the tourbillon from the side, and also reveals a plate on which can be engraved the name of the owner and ‘captain’ of the timepiece. The hatch is decorated with a small plate in titanium PVD showing the famous skull-and-crossbones flag of the pirate Jack Rackham.
The sapphire glass back is engraved with a compass rose designed especially for the watch. The design of the crown is reminiscent of a frigate’s tiller. HD3 is an original concept, a trinity of three talented artists Jorg Hysek, Valerie Ursenbacher and Fabrice Gonet working together in total harmony for many years, evolves continuously and never ceases to strive for new heights of excellence.
The subtle bond between fine watch making and high tech gives a new direction to 21st century watches, marvels of design and resolutely oriented towards the future. The HD3 initials, which sound like some chemical element, in fact represent the perfect match between form and function.
The bi-axial tourbillon at the heart of this timepiece presents a unique display specially developed by Fabrice Gonet. In a salute to the early days of naval exploration, the hours are shown on a wheel, the minutes on a disk and the power reserve indicator takes the form of a sextant.
Exclusive Series of 11 pieces in Titanium and PVD.
Power reserve: 80h
Rotation 1st axis: 1 min
Rotation 2nd axis: 30 sec
Frequency: 21’600 A/h
Bottom plate: black anodized aluminium with black bushing on additional bridge.
Numerals: blood-red luminova.
Tourbillon frame finish: black gold finish.
Movement finish: black gold finish.
Glass: anti-reflection sapphire.
Water-resistant to 50m
Bracelets: 1 rubber, 1 black alligator leather, 1 black vintage leather with red stitching