Romain Gauthier presents its first ladies’ watch, the Insight Micro-Rotor Lady, an exclusive mechanical timepiece in red-gold case housing a highly visible, intricately engineered, automatic movement featuring snow-set micro-rotor and its gently shimmering mother-of-pearl dial.
Insight Micro-Rotor Lady’s hour-minute subdial and small seconds are crafted from mother of pearl. The watch is powered by an in-house calibre with a bidirectional micro-rotor made from 22k gold. The front of this oscillating weight is spectacularly decorated with brilliant-cut diamonds of varying sizes.
Framed by a cut-out in the mainplate – also adorned with mother of pearl – the sparkling micro-rotor turns fluidly and noiselessly between two bridges, each fitted with a friction-minimising, wear-resistant ruby bearing. This micro-rotor efficiently winds a serially operating double mainspring barrel that, when fully wound, provides a generous 80 hours of power.
The mother-of-pearl subdials and mainplate cover superbly setting off the red gold hands, gilded balance wheel and red gold treated plaquette and bridges that are hand bevelled and straight-grained. The arcs of the sweeping bridges marry with the inner contours of the red gold case.
The 39.5mm diameter case ensures a comfortable fit on slim wrists. Impressive design details include a lip in the case band that flares out to meet the bezel; the crown placed at 2 o’clock to free up space for wrist movement; and the bombé sapphire crystal which gradually rises so its highest point is over the hour-minute display.
The movement details are also visible through the display back. Here the micro-rotor can be seen setting the visible train of gears in motion, starting with the reversing gear that lends the mechanism its bi-directionality. The gears and ratchets stand out for their circular arms that feature eye-catching bevels.
Meanwhile, the golden bridges are decorated with hand-made, hand polished bevels and jewel countersinks and are fixed in place using Romain Gauthier’s signature screws with aesthetic S-slot. The sinuosity of the bridges is nicely juxtaposed by the linearity of the straight-grained finishing and four plaquettes.
Insight Micro-Rotor Lady is available in two 10-piece limited editions in red gold: with Tahitian black mother-of-pearl dial and anthracite strap, and with Australian extra white mother-of-pearl dial with white strap.
Model: Insight Micro-Rotor Lady
18k red gold featuring Tahitian black mother-of-pearl dial – 10-piece limited edition
18k red gold featuring Australian extra white mother-of-pearl dial – 10-piece limited edition
Features and indications
Off-centre hours and minutes,central small seconds
Mother-of-pearl dial and mainplate cover
18k red gold hands
In-house, bidirectional, automatic movement featuring 22k gold micro rotor
Micro-Rotor snow set with approx. 45 brilliant, round VVS to VS diamonds of varying sizes (0.1 carat)
Double mainspring barrel in series for generous 80-hour power reserve
Movement and finishing
Dimensions: 32.1mm x 6.8mm
Power reserve: 80 hours
Number of jewels: 33
Number of components: 206
Balance frequency: 28,800 vph / 4Hz
Components in: 22k gold micro rotor, steel, stainless steel, beryllium copper, brass and German silver
Finishing: Highest-level haute horlogeriehand-finishing
Treatment: 5N red-gold treated bridges
Dimensions: 39.5mm x 12.9mm at highest point
Water resistance: 50m/5atm/170ft
Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflection coating, front and display back
Crown for winding and time-setting at 2 o’clock
For black mother-of-pearl limited edition: Anthracite strap in natural rubber or satin with red gold pin buckle
For white mother-of-pearl limited edition: White strap in natural rubber or satin with red gold pin buckle