The L’Epée 1839 Qatar Clock was unveiled at the Doha Watches and Jewellery Show 2017.
The Qatar Collection is as unique as the country itself. Qatar clock sits among the clocks designed to stay timeless. It has its own personality and yet L’Epée clocks all have in common the quest of being among the best. It has its own Tourbillon escapement set on top of the movement. The regulator controls the full gear chain and delivers the exact quantity of energy to the gear train below, allowing it to keep track of time. The Tourbillon escapement is a high precision regulator, one of the most complicated function usually only available on the most exclusive wristwatch.
The Qatar clock is the clock of the powerful. Besides being a L’Epée 1839 clock which is known as the clock of the influential and powerful, the clock itself is set as Royal court. Its regulator, which has deliberately been placed on top for all to admire, controls, as a king, the powers of all … and so, controls the precision of the clock’s time.
The Qatar By Eduard Indermaur (Ref. 61.6850/021) is an exclusive solid brass clock in an extremely luxurious unique edition. The clock is hand-made in L’Epée’s manufacture and decorated by the Swiss artist glass-maker Eduard Indermaur.
The deep-stained glass panels are signed and numbered by the artist. The Scenery call “Summer” is in fact a reinterpretation of the desert Oasis. Red, white and green are the most noticeable colors of the painting. Besides being very poetic, they are also three important symbols in the Islamic culture. The green color, which symbolizes life and nature, is most strongly associated with Islam as it has represented Islam for centuries.
Some believe that green was the Prophet Muhammad’s favorite color, and it is mentioned in a number of verses in the Quran as the color that will be worn by the inhabitants of paradise. White is perhaps the second-most associated color with Islam. The color white, besides often being worn by Muslims attending Friday prayers, symbolizes purity and peace. Although red is often also associated with Islam, it does not have any particular religious significance.
Red references blood in its many meanings. Blood is the life force – the Divine gift given us by the Creator: to generate life, live to produce and create, and finally surrender our life to the One Who gave it.
The movement of this clock is placed in the center of a stained glass environment supported by a fully gold-plated carriage clock style housing.
This timepiece features the same innovative movement with a new Tourbillon for which L’Epée 1839 is well known. The movement bears two important complications, which are also important symbols within the L’Epée 1839 history. The main plates, surrounding the mechanical system of the strike and hour/minute display, represent the Qatar map.
The gold-plated plates reflect the beauty of the strike setting mechanism on the front of the clock, especially the rack, behind the two black lacquered hands, that trigger the entire process until the final gong on the hour and every ½ hour. Up on the clock, the Tourbillon can be admired through a special opening.
The shape of this opening clearly reminds you of the fascinating curves of the Islamic architecture, and more accurately the cupolas surmounting the domed mosques. Set between the main plates the great waltz of the wheels can be admired. Each component of the movement is machined and superlatively finished during the manufacture in Switzerland.
Considered to be one of the three finest horological complications, the Tourbillon is placed at the very top of the structure in these unique clocks, for all to admire. Its dimensions are such that the beholder is quickly captivated by the majestic waltz of the balance wheel. The design of the bridge supporting the carriage is a new design made especially on demand. Entirely produced in the L’Epée workshops, it is made of gold-plated brass with a flawless finish.
While a wristwatch can only accommodate small gongs, this Qatar Collection strikes every hour and ½ hours on a long black gong visible on the back of the clock, that strives for a rich and convincing sound.
When it is one O’clock, the clock will strike once, at Two, twice, etc, until noon and its twelve gongs. In the afternoon, it will start again with one gong. The initiation of the mechanism is placed on the front of the clock, next to the hour-wheel so the entire strike-process can be admired.
Entirely made and conceived in Switzerland, at the L’Epée manufacture, the full process is mastered to perfectly reflect the beauty of the mechanism.
Hours and Minutes: black skeleton hands on the center of the clock
Front plate: Strike system with gong and mechanically activated every 30 minutes.
Hours and Minutes
Strike: Hours and half
Brass and Glass
Dimensions: 173 x 255 x 153 mm
L’EPÉE in-house designed and manufactured movement – Caliber 1880 T.
Balance frequency: 18,000 vph / 2.5Hz
Power reserve: 8 days
Incabloc shock protection system
Manual-winding: Double-ended key to set time and wind movement
Materials and finishing: Massive gold-plated Brass
Time setting: On the back of the clock with a unique gold-plated L’Epée key
The two main plates supporting the entire in-house movement are in the shape of Qatar.