The prestigious L’Epée Clock Manufacture based in Switzerland unveils Le Duel Perpetuel Tourbillon; a horology masterpiece equipped with a 40-day mechanical movement and most sought after watch complications.
The 2 cross swords are the signature and emblem of the l’Epée brand. Therefore in Le Duel collection, the presented complications are resolved at the tip of the sword. In fencing, the symbolism of swords that cross is highlighted by the “En garde” high position at the beginning of the fight and the “Surrender” bottom position at the end of the duel.
The Power-Reserve Indicator can be seen below 6 o’clock. It is at its peak when the two swords cross to form the logo of the brand. When they separate, the angle between the swords opens gradually and after 40 days of autonomy. The logo has been reversed and the 2 swords are pointing down.
At 12 o’clock is the animation of the Double Retrograde Second. The 2 swords keep pace with the seconds: they cross swords and depart over a period of 20 seconds to bounce back to the “En garde” position.
The in line Perpetual Calendar indicates the Day, Date, Month and Year. The display of the calendar is done through 6 jumping discs. The energy is accumulated by a mechanical system throughout the day and then this energy is released at midnight allowing discs to jump from one indication to another instantly. The calendar is therefore leaping forward. When the clock is stopped for some reason, setting the calendar is done at the same time as the time setting. If it is necessary to go back, there is no need to stop the clock. The adjustment in reverse is possible and the discs are sliding backwards. The system Day, Date, Month and Year does not get out of sync even when going into reverse from January 1 to December 31 or in leap years. This is particularly rare and unusual for this type of complication.
In addition to the above mentioned three complications, this timepiece is also equipped with a tourbillon escapement. The balance and the escapement are mounted in a small mobile cage which revolves once a minute. The spectacular “two swords” bridge reminds us of the great history of L’Epée. This masterpiece, with its limited edition of 88 numbered pieces is the living proof that l’Epée has been pursuing since 1839 its long tradition of horological innovations.
Model:« Le Duel Perpetuel Tourbillon »
Movement: Exclusive mechanical movement with 40 days power reserve, 70-jewel, Swiss Made Tourbillon device: Visible at the top of the clock under a “two swords” bridge, Caliber: 2010T
Functions: Hour- Minutes, Double Retrograde Second, Power-Reserve Indicator, Perpetual Calendar and Tourbillon
Decoration: « Côtes de Genève » decor
Cabinet: Aluminium base with a « soft touch » black varnish, mineral glass cap with metal frame
Rewinding: Manual with a modern design key
Dimensions: 220 x 276 x 110 mm- 8 5/8” x 10 7/8” x 4 3/8”
Edition: Limited Edition of 88 numbered pieces
Public price: 125 000 Swiss Francs