In celebration of the Loy Krathong festival, Ateliers deMonaco has created a new piece called the Tourbillon -WAT ARUN. This traditional “fête-des-lumières” is one of the most beautiful and famous events in Thailand. It is celebrated annually on the night of the twelfth lunar month. It celebrates the end of the rain season and honours the water spirits. People release shaped rafts made of banana leafand decorated with candles and flowers, which then float onto the river.
This temple has been named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn. It is a representation of Mount Meru, the iconic representation of the center of the world in Buddhist Cosmology. In Thailand, there are over 31’200 Buddhist temples and the Wat Arun temple is the most famous one, thanks to its recognisable design. The design is very different from the other temples; it is partly made with tiny pieces of coloured glass and Chinese porcelain placed delicately into intricate patterns.
The dial of the Tourbillon Wat Arun required an extraordinary 200 hours of work. It is composed of3layers of solid 18K White gold, all applied by hand and a Tourbillon opening which naturally draws attention to this mechanical wonder. The most beautiful part is the hand-engraved dial showing the Wat Arun temple. The hand-engraved details by master engraver Bernad Ditz give this watch its own personal touch and make it a one of-a-kind creation.
This unique timepiece comes in an elegant 18 carats white gold polished case contrasting with the brushed white gold dial. The front and back are made of sapphire crystal exposing the finest details of the patented “eXtreme Precision 1 minute” tourbillon and its hand-engraved 22Ksolid gold rotor. This tourbillon movement is known to be the most precise tourbillon movement in the world with a tolerance between 0-2 seconds per 24 hours. The calibre is adorned with 29 jewels and a sapphire tourbillon bridge.
The timepiece is finished with a hand-stitched alligator leather strap and comes with an18 carats white gold folding buckle.
Tourbillon Ronde d’Or–WAT ARUN
Automatic dMc-980 caliber
Patented Tourbillon “eXtreme Precision 1 minute” Tourbillon
Alternances: 28800 beats/hour (4 Hrz)
42 hours power reserve
Sapphire tourbillon bridge
Curved chamfered, hand perlage, hand engraving decoration
22K gold hand engraved rotor
Silicium escape wheel and lever
Hour, minutes, small seconds (6 o’clock)
18K White gold
Diameter: 44 MM
Thickness: 13.1 MM
31 parts overall
Polished and assembled by hand
Front and back sapphire crystal
Water resistant up to 3 ATM
Solid gold 3 layers applied by hand
Hand engraved dial showing Wat Arun temple
6 o’clock tourbillon opening
Hands: Dauphine shaped
Hand stitched alligator leather
18K gold and titanium folding buckle