The inspiring story of this exceptional ladies watch began when Philippe Narbel – the founder and CEO of MANUFACTOR – discovered a beautiful Tortue Lady movement at a watch fair in London. He then approached Philippe Belais, the owner and CEO of CLAUDE MEYLAN for creating a watch based on this movement.

Both the companies are based in L’Abbaye, a village of the Vallée de Joux. MANUFACTOR has been is specialized in beveling, skeletonization and hand-engraving and CLAUDE MEYLAN is luxury watch maker specialized in mechanical skeleton watches.

To design this watch, the team has drawn inspiration from the natural beauty of L’Abbaye, specially the lake that flows through this region in the famous Vallée de Joux.

The Tortue Lady La Pointe De Sable watch features a semi-open dial providing the stunning views of art-work on the dial and the mechanical self-winding movement ticking inside. Its superbly engraved oscillating weight is visible at the lower dial side. An arch from the first abbey dating to 1126 – hence the name – still survives, and that little detail is what gave rise to the engraving on the oscillating mass. This particular sculpture is a strong link to L’Abbaye itself, and to the CLAUDE MEYLAN workshop situated in the town.

Like a window onto the lake, the dial and the bridge at 3 o’clock merge into a single work, an engraving that is made entirely by hand and combines vigor and nuance to suggest the breeze rippling the water’s surface, the movement of the boat, and Nature’s shimmying vegetation. This work gives a unique and personal perspective on the lake.

This unique timepiece takes its name from the water’s edge at a part of the lake known as the sandy point, or “La pointe de sable.”

CLAUDE MEYLAN developed a deeply feminine caliber for the TORTUE LADY in response to the expectations of the company’s female clients. The company has built an entirely new automatic movement based on the sturdy ETA 267. The dial has been moved up to the 12 o’clock position, while the oscillating mass, with its own animation, serves as a counterweight at 6 o’clock. A gentle and mellifluous curve in the design running from 11 o’clock to 4 o’clock reveals the escapement and the balance wheel, while the bridge at 3 o’clock is integrated into the decorations.

Technical details

Caliber: 7.75CM17
Type: Automatic, 25 jewels
Power reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations
Finish: hand engraved

Hours, minutes and seconds

Material: stainless steel
Dimensions: 31×31 mm
Sapphire glasses (front and back)
Water resistant up to 3ATM

CHF 15,500