Montres MAR

Montres MAR (MAR Watches) is a high end Swiss made timepiece brand founded by Philippe Ruedin. This independent Swiss luxury watch brand creates limited edition timepieces that house exclusive movements from ASXP-Engineering, the horology firm also owned by the founder.

The MAR luxury watch brand was established in 2008, and their first Collection: “Bacchus” was also introduced in the same year.

MAR trademark was created by Maurice Albert Ruedin for the sale of wine products on April 8th, 1912. Under this trademark, Maurice developed a type of sparkling wine which is exported all through Europe and as far as the United States of America. Maurice Albert Ruedin alone ensured the production and sale of his products.

Following the retirement of Alexandre Ruedin, son of Maurice Albert, the trademark disappeared in 1975, but it was revived in 2008, under the impulse of Philippe Ruedin, Alexandre’s grandson. The trademark remained active in the field of luxury products.

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In 2008, Philippe Ruedin began to manufacture high end luxury watches under the brand name MAR. This high precision watches, animated by the movements in high clockmaking, watches which are set out entirely by Philippe Ruedin, through his company: ASXP-Engineering.

Drawing analogy with wines, the trademark’s strategy concerning clock-making is based on the development of collections specified by years. Each year comprises three lines: technical, jewellery and for ladies – each line having seven items. The very first collection, corresponding to the year 2008, was centred on the vine as a theme and its name is Bacchus.

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Philippe Ruedin, through his company ASXP-Engineering, is considered to be one of the specialists in the clock-making industry in Neuchatel district. Actually, he is endowed with a high creative and technical independence which allows him to create new and totally exclusive movements on behalf of prestigious brands. In addition to this, he brings his expertise of over 20 years gained alongside prestigious brands in order to design clock-making movements and to contribute to the support for implementing 3D solutions.

Philippe Ruedin dedicates his life and knowledge to the fulfilment of his passion: designing exclusive and innovating movements. Unique clocks, which unveil extraordinary movements, spring out of his alliance with craftsmen – partners in recognised competences. His different professional experiences have taken him from one side of the Jura Mountains to the other.

After graduating from engineering school in Loche, he started up at Ronda in Lausen, and then he worked in Geneva for Patek Philippe before joining up with “Les Gouttes d’Or” in Neuchatel for Vendome Luxury Group, Cartier and Richemont. He has been working independently since March 1st, 2003.

Philippe Ruedin’s heartfelt goal is to run and secure the fame of this family brand soon to be centenary. He thus pays homage to the work of his ancestors. Being full of inherited values, and out of love for the beautiful art of clock-making, Pilippe Ruedin has put the trademark in a courageous and ingenious process.

First of all, the production of unique items and of years classified into extremely limited series secures his rank in high clock-making, which is determined by the integration of intricacies made up and developed entirely by ASXP.

In addition, partnerships with the best Swiss watchmakers have been concluded in order to guarantee an exclusive product and to point up the work that had been done. For each component, their technical expertise is carried out in order to respond to the brand’s demands in quality and finishing details. The joining of these components, made in a completely traditional manner and following the most truthful clock-making tradition gives birth to the exclusive movements of ASXP.

ASXP micro-rotor movement visible through the transparent caseback
ASXP micro-rotor movement visible through the transparent caseback

Moreover, the brand assures the distribution on its own, and keeps its financial independence, without resorting to investment groups. MAR thus means to practice a policy of “fair price”, taking into account and blending traditional knowledge, nobility of materials and the quality brought to each component.

Finally, the after-sales service is based on a maintenance contract, which requires regular maintenance to be done, thing which extends the warranty. In case of exceeding a period set at three years, the life warranty is over.

Montres MAR Watch Collections

Each year is made up of three lines: technical, jewellery and for ladies – each line having seven items, two are made of yellow gold, two of grey gold, two of pink gold and one is made of a special material – titanium for the technical line and palladium for the jewellery and ladies lines.

Bacchus 2008 Technique

In order to differentiate between the gold items, each matter has two versions, one with a white face and rhodium-based movement and the other with a black face and a black PVD – treated movement.

The absence of a face reveals the entire beauty of a black PVD – treated or rhodium based movement in the technical line’s gold or titanium watches. The jewellery line is partly recognisable by the setting of precious stones in each item. Lastly, the watches of the ladies line are slightly smaller in size and their outlines are softened.

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2008, Jewellery Line
Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2008, Jewellery Line

The number 7, omnipresent and symbolical, represents the seven days of the week, for the technical line, the seven colours of the rainbow for the jewellery line, and the Seven Wonders of the World for the ladies line.

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2008, Jewellery Line (with small seconds)

Movement: Calibre ASXP 1250, Mechanical automatic movement with micro-rotor, 18’800 vph, 54 Hours power reserve, High horology finish
Case material: white gold, Yellow gold, Rose gold or Palladium
Case diameter: 39mm, width: 8.6mm
Sapphire crystal glass
Fasteners set with 36 diamonds
Dial: Enamelled dial with roman styled numerals
Dial color: Black or white
Functions: Hour, minutes and small seconds at 9H
Crocodile skin strap with buckle pin

The Year 2008 was dedicated to Bacchus, king of the vineyard, through the basic movement indicating the hour and the minute in the center, and the second in a dial at 9 am.

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2009, Jewellery Line
Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2009, Jewellery Line

The Year 2009 was dedicated to the division of time through the indication of day and the chronograph. If the first one represents a small complication in the watch-making world, the second represents a real complication.

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2009, Jewellery Line (with Date)

Movement: Calibre ASXP 1255, Mechanical automatic movement with micro-rotor, 18’800 vph, 54 Hours power reserve, High horology finish
Case material: white gold, Yellow gold, Rose gold or Palladium
Case diameter: 39mm, width: 8.6mm
Sapphire crystal glass
Fasteners set with 36 diamonds
Dial: Enamelled dial with roman styled numerals
Dial color: Black or white
Functions: Hour, minutes, small seconds at 9H and date at 4.30 H
Crocodile skin strap with buckle pin
Variant: with an additional power reserve indicator at 6H, Movement and exterior specifications are same.

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2009, Jewellery Line (with Chronograph)

Movement: Calibre ASXP 1257, Mechanical automatic movement with micro-rotor, 18’800 vph, 54 Hours power reserve, High horology finish
Case material: white gold, Yellow gold, Rose gold or Palladium
Case diameter: 39mm, width: 8.6mm
Sapphire crystal glass
Fasteners set with 36 diamonds
Dial: Enamelled dial with roman styled numerals
Dial color: Black or white
Functions: Offset hour and minutes sub-dial at 6H, small seconds at 9H; mono-pusher chronograph, column-wheel retrograde chronograph 12H and 30 minutes in the centre
Crocodile skin strap with buckle pin

The Year 2010 was dedicated to the moon through the existing complications. The indication of the lunar phase brings important information in the wine world. In 2010, the brand dedicated its new models to the chronometry of the existing complications. The use of an escape with constant strength brings a big precision to the guard-time.

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2010, Jewellery Line, Complications with moon phase
Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2010, Jewellery Line, Complications with moon phase

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2010, Jewellery Line, Moon-phase

Movement: Calibre ASXP 1255, Mechanical automatic movement with micro-rotor, 18’800 vph, 54 Hours power reserve, High horology finish
Case material: White gold, Yellow gold, Rose gold or Palladium
Case diameter: 39mm, width: 8.6mm
Sapphire crystal glass
Fasteners set with 36 diamonds
Dial: Enamelled dial with roman styled numerals
Dial color: Black or white
Functions: Hour, minutes, small seconds at 9H, date at 4.30 H and moon-phase at 6H
Crocodile skin strap with buckle pin

Other models from Bacchus Collection 2010, Jewellery Line

– Model 1: Hour, minutes, small-seconds at 9H and moon-phase at 6H (Calibre ASXP 1250)

– Model 2: Hour, minutes, small-seconds at 9H and moon-phase at 6H with power reserve indicator (Calibre ASXP 1255)

– Model 3: Offset hour and minutes sub-dial at 6H, small seconds at 9H; mono-pusher chronograph, column-wheel retrograde chronograph 12H and 30 minutes in the centre, moon-phase aperture at 1H

Purity and elegance were the key words all throughout the process of development and creation of complications by MAR. In this way, esthetical research blends with technical audacity, without any compromise, both for the movement and for its clothing.

As a proof, the set up of stones in groups with two or three screws on the finishing screw wheel; the oscillating mass realised in a way which picks up the shapes used in the rest of the movement; or still, on the platforms of the gear, the form of branch set up to remind one of the shapes of bridges. One recognises this wish for harmony in the design of bridges and components of the mechanism, along with their placement and finishing touches.

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection Edition 2011, Jewellery line. Complications with constant straight escapement (ASXP escapement)
Montres MAR Bacchus Collection Edition 2011, Jewellery line. Complications with constant straight escapement (ASXP escapement)

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2011, Jewellery Line

These timepieces feature upgraded movements equipped with constant strength escapement. Case diameter remains same (39mm) but the thickness is 2mm more than the previous editions. Different configurations are available.

Movement: Calibre ASXP 1255 FC, Mechanical automatic movement with micro-rotor, constant strength escapement, 18’800 vph, 54 Hours power reserve, High horology finish
Case material: white gold, Yellow gold, Rose gold or Palladium
Case diameter: 39mm, width: 10mm
Sapphire crystal glass
Fasteners set with 36 diamonds
Dial: Enamelled dial with roman styled numerals
Dial color: Black or white
Functions: Hour, minutes, small seconds at 9H, date at 4.30 H and power reserve indicator at 6H
Crocodile skin strap with buckle pin

Other models from Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2011, Jewellery Line

– Model 1: Offset hour and minutes sub-dial at 6H, small seconds at 9H; mono-pusher chronograph, column-wheel retrograde chronograph 12H and 30 minutes in the centre, moon-phase aperture at 1H (Calibre ASXP 1257 FC)

– Model2: Hour, minutes, small-seconds at 9H and moon-phase at 6H with power reserve indicator (Calibre ASXP 1250 FC)

Finally, the setting of a diamond on the plate visibly near the face brings an extra touch of elegance to the uncluttered lines of the clock.

Bacchus collection – First Ever Collection from MAR

The Bacchus collection, a round shaped watch collection introduced in 2008, houses the ASXP 1250 bore with automatic winding-up done with a micro-rotor, with a display of the second in a 9 hours meter. The slice of the bore represents the recognisable ear of a so called “gerle” (wooden cask sawed in half and which is used for grape harvesting).

Bacchus 2008 Technique
Bacchus 2008 Technique

The telescope takes the shape of the upper part of the cask, whereas the horns evoke the cross piece of the gateway. Equally, the crown bearing the “MAR” logo reminds one of a champagne cork. Finally, the bridges of the movement bear hand-made engravings which resemble ploughing lines.

MAR Year 2008, Bacchus Collection, Jewellery line, white gold caseback

The general softness of the item is completed by a new definition of the regulations of main indexes which allow a sapphire glass showing through.

Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2008, Jewellery Line
Montres MAR Bacchus Collection 2008, Jewellery Line

The wristlet made of crocodile skin hinges on strings made of noble materials which integrate the horn and it is equipped with a metal loop; the numbering recaptures the line, MAR BT for the technical line, MAR BJ for the jewellery line and MAR BD for the ladies line, followed by consecutive numbers.

Website: https://www.montres-mar.ch/

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