The case of the A. Favre & fils Phoenix collection combines modern and classical design in an obvious yet deceitful simplicity. Its angular shapes give it a very contemporary and aggressive design, playing with contrasts and perspectives. It is a complex assembly with lugs mechanically fitted in its middle-part to give it a unique finish.
It has been designed using the principles of the Golden Ratio (ϕ) and the Golden Number (7). These principles came from the Pythagorean School: since the antiquity, thinkers, artists and architects have used the Golden Ratio in their quest for harmony. For Pythagoras, the number seven represents the law of evolution. It is the number of the Great Initiates and signifies the union of men and divinity.
Inside, the in-house calibre DB 1334/1 HENRY (a tribute to Henry A. Favre, 8th generation of the Favre watchmakers) combines the best technology available with traditional and ancestral watchmaking arts in terms of finishing and decoration: the shape of bridges (rounded “apple” heads), the double click winding mechanism with wolf teeth ratchet-wheel, screwed-in jewel settings, end-stone plates, “swan neck” index-adjuster and a fixed balance-spring stud.
This movement has a diameter of 13 ¾ ´´´ (lines) and its heart beats at 28,800 variations per hour, the best compromise between precision and reliability. Its parallel twin barrels with direct depth offer up to 84 hours of power reserve. A power reserve indicator is visible through the sapphire case-back.
The Quantième à Grand Affichage Rotatif is an original and patented big date development. The purpose of this system is to optimize the number of components, therefore increasing reliability, by reducing the number of moving parts to the minimum: only two in this case.
Each movement undergoes a fine watchmaking finishing: chamfering, drawing, circular graining, sinks entirely done by hand, and a “Rayons de la Gloire” (Rays of Glory) machine finish on bridges.
Diameter: 41 mm
Height: 10.15 mm
Dial aperture: 32.90 mm
Water-resistance:30 meters / 100 feet / 3 ATM
Calibre DB 1334/1 HENRY
Diameter: 13 ¾ ´´´ (lines) – 31mm
Height: 4.5 mm
Movement specifications: Twin-barrel with direct depth, manual winding
Frequency: 28,800 variations per hour
Power reserve: 84 hours
Finish: “Rayons de la Gloire” machine finish on bridges; chamfering, drawing, circular graining, sinks entirely done by hand
Hours, minutes, central seconds, big date and power reserve