Ever since the 1920’s, precious woods have been one of Boucheron’s materials of choice. In 2010, an exceptional kind of wood inspired the Boucheron workshops to create an innovative and precious timepiece: the two century old oak in which Château Latour’s Grand Millésime 2005 and 1st classified great wine of Pauillac, was jealously aged.
This wood is much more than just a material: the myth of one of the world’s finest vintage wines is embodied in this new version of the Reflet XL watch. In a strictly vintaged edition of 100 pieces, this true collector’s item can be savoured with the utmost delight.
Where transitioning fashions are often the rule, the Reflet watch holds a special place. Back in 1947, its sleek, streamlined design and highly innovative interchangeable strap with invisible clasp made this piece of fine watchmaking a true icon. With the House’s 150th anniversary, the Reflet line was complemented with an XL version, fitted with the superb GP 4000 movement and reflecting the current taste for superlative shapes and intricate mechanisms.
This intensely original watch fully embodies Boucheron’s art of turning a beautiful story into an object of passion for fine connoisseurs of Premier Cru and watchmaking. During the maturation process of Latour’s great wine, one of the key moments is when the wine acquires its finishing traits, revealing the complexity of its flavours, within barrels made of carefully selected oak.
The intimate and mysterious union of wine and wood operates in the silence and darkness of the ancestral “Chais” (wine cellar) in a “perfect exchange”. The wood slowly impregnates, absorbing a small amount of wine – charmingly known as “the Angel’s share”.
This “Angel’s wood”, with its warm, sensual tones of carmine red and crimson, has given birth to a particularly striking masculine timepiece, both powerful and delicate yet restrained. To enhance these few millimetres of genuinely noble wood, Boucheron called upon the finest experts in their art. From the staves of a barrel – formerly home to the precious nectar – the inlayers painstakingly selected the finest wood sections bearing the unique imprint of the sensual “robe”, or colour, of Latour’s fine 2005 Grand vin.
About Château Latour
The Château Latour estate is located at the heart of wine-growing Médoc, where the very legend of Bordeaux wine was born. The finest portion of its vineyards, known as “l’Enclos”, overlooks the estuary of the Gironde, the river to which it owes much of its geological complexity. With its mild climate, the estate benefits from a truly exceptional site.
The unique terroir obtained Premier Cru (First Growth) classification in 1855, alongside Lafite, Margaux, Haut-Brion, with the addition of Mouton-Rothschild in 1973. Today, the men and women who work here – some of them for several generations – remain deeply committed to a permanent quest for excellence, allowing them to consistently produce one of the world’s finest red wines.
Model details: Reflet XL Château Latour Millésime 2005, in steel and oak marquetry from the Château Latour Millésime 2005 barrel, automatic movement GP4000, Vintaged Edition to 100 unique pieces
Mechanical with automatic winding GP4000, Girard-Perregaux manufacture
In steel, polished and engraved bezel giving a barrel’s impression, crown engraved with a tower
Crystal: sapphire crystal at the front and back of the case
Water-resistance: up to 50 meters (5 ATM)
Oak marquetry from a barrel of Château Latour 2005, 1st classified Grand Cru (First Growth) of Pauillac Each dial wears a unique wood tone and composition.
Interchangeable straps and bracelet: the watch is proposed with leather strap and a steel bracelet with folding buckle.