Independent luxury watch brand McGonigle is launching its new model later this year with an in-house developed calibre named the “Tuscar”. The design, research and development are now finished.
The Tuscar launches with a subscription-only limited edition series of 10 pieces called, “One of Ten”, featuring a white gold case and a transparent sapphire dial revealing all of the subtleties of the stunningly finished movement beneath.
Each watch will be marked “One of Ten” rather than individually numbered. This first series will be distinctive from models to follow by virtue of materials used in the movement, the design and shape of certain bridges, the type of finish of individual parts and the engraving. The watches will feature an extremely high level of finishing, execution and regulation. Indeed, the aesthetics and architecture of the movement will leave no doubt that this is a McGonigle creation.
The movement is a time-only twin barrel with an extra large balance/oscillator. The balance itself is both technically interesting and highly distinctive. Unlike most watches on the market, this movement (the bridges, winding and setting mechanism, train, escapement and balance), will be visible through the dial (i.e. the mainplate is on the back of the watch).
To ensure the success of their new calibre, McGonigle teamed up with the legendary Alberto Papi, one of Switzerland’s finest designer constructors, to help refine the movement design and specifications.
“Tuscar” is the name of a group of rocks with a lighthouse that is often the first part of Ireland seen by those approaching by sea from the east. The solidity the name evokes is a powerful analogy for the new McGonigle model.
Calibre: McG01 manual-wind mechanical movement
Double mainspring barrels connected in parallel
Power reserve: 90 hours
Balance: free sprung balance spring with Breguet overcoil
Balance frequency: 18,000 bph/2.5hz.
Balance diameter 12.8mm (large diameter for timekeeping stability)
Gold escape wheel (to function without oil)
Number of jewels: 31
22k white gold case and crown
Case diameter: 42.5mm
Crystals: Anti-reflective treatment on both top crystal and display back
Water resistance: 30 metres/ 3ATM
Dial & Hands
Transparent sapphire dial
Flame-blued hand-polished steel and hand-polished gold hands
Strap & Buckle
Hand engraved 18k white gold deployant buckle.
Black hand-stitched alligator