In the beginning of the last century, Edward VIII, Prince of Whales, King of the United Kingdom, and the Dominions of the British Empire, Emperor of India. He was the dandy of the royal family and a big golf enthusiast, which is why he asked Tavannes Watch Co. to create a dedicated golf watch. This watch could be neither a wrist nor a pocket watch as it would disturb the fluidity of the swing.
As watches of this era did not have a shock proof system, it was also more protected in the belt. It is this specific demand that led Tavannes’s engineers to put the watch inside the belt buckle. Thus, in 1928 the concept of the Belt-Watch was born. The original watch was sold by Hermes and Dunhill.
In 2019 Tavannes Watch Co. commemorates its history by creating a new Belt-Watch concept that combines two old and iconic products of the brand:
– The Belt-Watch – Golfing belt with a watch
– The Captive – An art deco style ‘purse watch’ that has an interchangeable watch unit
La Captive Belt-Watch is a removable watch unit, which is held inside a belt buckle. The distinctive originality of this product is the fact that the watch can be taken off the buckle and put in another device, such as a wrist strap to become a wrist watch or a desk device to become a small clock.
The concept is to offer the Belt-Watch users an evolving product with interchangeable pieces. With time there will be the possibility to have different buckles that can go with different watch units, different leather and other new devices. Everything will be interchangeable.
The new Belt-Watch is larger than the original one, as during the last century the width of the belts has became wider. Consequently, titanium was the metal chosen for the buckle and watch case in order to attain a desirable weight. The buckle unit of the Belt-Watch can also be worn without the watch unit.
The belt of the Belt-Watch is made of the finest leather and worked by the best craftsmen. The belt is held on a pivot to fit perfectly the shape of the hip and prevent deformations of the belt. The leather belt of La Captive is made to be very easily changed with no special tool required. This leads to the possibility to change at any time the color of the belt in order to match the clothing.
The belt and buckle are made to facilitate the removal of the leather and the adjustment of its length.
The uniqueness of the product is its removable watch unit, that can is interchangeable between different devices; making it become a belt-watch, a wrist watch or a small desk clock.
Movement: ETA 2824 STD / SW200
Swiss Made Automatic Movement- Date quantième, hours, minutes and Sweep second display in the center – Ball bearing self-winding system and corrector – Stop second device – Regulator system ETACHRON with regulator corrector
Buckle: Sandblasted Titanium – Smooth, Lined or Clou de Paris
Dial: White with powder grey Arabic indexes or Black with silver Arabic indexes
Belt: Calf or young bull leather – 3 colors available
Glass: Sapphire Crystal with antireflective coating
Water resistance: 3 ATM, 30m, 100ft