PURNELL Double Spherion Escape IIS Collection – Escape IIS Treasure and Escape IIS Treasure Baguette

The Swiss watch brand, Purnell, specialized in high-velocity tourbillons, presents the Escape IIS Treasure, the latest addition to its Double Spherion Escape collection, and the brand’s first-ever grand complication designed for women.

The Escape IIS Treasure is driven by Purnell’s ground-breaking double-Spherion movement, designed and developed in collaboration with master watchmaker Eric Coudray. To adapt what is today the world’s fastest triple-axis tourbillon to a feminine wrist without giving up any of its power, Purnell redesigned its Escape II, the world’s first double Spherion movement.

What is more, Purnell added to its exceptional new timepiece, a feature that is a world premiere: a pair of tourbillon cages set with gemstones. This extraordinary feat of nanotechnology combined with precision gem-setting know-how has never before been achieved in watchmaking history.

The new Escape IIS Treasure collection offers a choice of four new versions, each customizable upon request. Each version comes with a skeletonized movement, a 32-hour power reserve, and a 44mm case made smaller for a feminine wrist. Two versions, the Treasure Diamond and the Treasure Rainbow are set with diamonds or “rainbow” gemstones on their tourbillon cages, while two more versions also feature a case and dial fully set with baguette-cut diamonds or “rainbow” gemstones.

Escape IIS Treasure Rainbow: Case in 18k Rose gold; Cages set with 304 brilliant-cut sapphires, rubies and emeralds
Purnell Escape IIS Treasure Rainbow: Case in 18k Rose gold; Cages set with 304 brilliant-cut sapphires, rubies and emeralds

Across this collection, the sparkle of gemstones enhances the visual spectacle of the double Spherions visible through a custom-crafted monobloc sapphire glass, setting a new standard for grand complications for women.

Specialized in gravity-defying tourbillons since it was founded in 2006, Purnell introduced its “Spherion” – a triple-axis tourbillon – in 2017 in the Escape I model. That Spherion construction, designed by Purnell in collaboration with Eric Coudray, featured a triple-axis tourbillon mechanism rotating at higher velocities than any existing triple-axis tourbillon. Its movement relied on the Potter Escapement which Eric Coudray modified in part by adding “internal teeth” to its escapement wheel, to improve performance and reduce energy consumption. Purnell’s Spherion became then the world’s fastest triple-axis tourbillon.

Two years later, Eric Coudray and his team successfully developed the Escape II, the next iteration of Purnell’s Escape collection. The Escape II unveiled in late 2019 offered Purnell’s clients something completely unexpected: an intricately-designed movement powered by not one, but two counter-rotative Spherions inside two tourbillon cages rotating in opposite directions on exactly the same path.

Fitting the double-Spherions into the movement required two years of development for the watchmakers to rethink the caliber construction and 386 components in their entirety. Fourteen months were required to develop the single-piece sapphire glass and side-viewing windows positioned by the lugs at 6 o’clock, to enhance the experience of full visibility onto the two high-speed Spherions.

With its own sophisticated, female collector-base in mind, Purnell has designed the Escape IIS Treasure as the quintessence of the spectacular, powered by its high velocity Spherions that come alive in a mesmerizing dance inside their gem-set tourbillon cages.

For the first time in watchmaking history, the Escape IIS Treasure features tourbillon cages with arms set with gemstones. The task of gem-setting the tiny arms raised its own set of challenges. First, the surface on the arms of the tourbillon cages had to be increased to create enough space to set 152 brilliant-cut gemstones on each outer cage. For that, Purnell redesigned the tourbillon cages with a wider arm architecture without compromising either the precision or the function of the Spherions, or reducing the 32-hour power reserve.

Purnell Escape IIS Treasure Baguette Diamonds: Case in 18k white gold, and outer and inner case with crown set with 326 baguette diamonds (totaling 20.26 carats); Cages set with 304 brilliant-cut diamonds; Dial in 18k white gold set with 46 baguette diamonds and 11 baguette blue sapphires (for Indexes) (totaling 1.04 carats)
Purnell Escape IIS Treasure Baguette Diamonds: Case in 18k white gold, and outer and inner case with crown set with 326 baguette diamonds (totaling 20.26 carats); Cages set with 304 brilliant-cut diamonds; Dial in 18k white gold set with 46 baguette diamonds and 11 baguette blue sapphires (for Indexes) (totaling 1.04 carats)

In its feminine iteration, the new model had to be imminently wearable. For that, the case size of the Escape IIS Treasure – the “S” standing for “small” – was reduced to 44mm, down from the 48mm of the Escape II, its predecessor. Next, the overall weight of the cages was re-balanced, given the added weight of the diamonds. The weight of the movement was maintained at just 15.7 grams with each Spherion weighing a mere 0.831 grams.

Finally, gem-setting on the robust titanium for the cages posed a significant challenge, yet it was one that Purnell overcame by calling upon the skills of its talented gem-setting artisans using extreme precision to apply special technique adapted to titanium.

Four variations of the Escape IIS Treasure are now available, with identical technical specifications but varying case materials and gem-setting options. The double Spherion outer cages, made of blue titanium, are set with 304 gemstones, in a choice of either brilliant-cut diamonds or a rainbow-setting of sapphires, rubies and emeralds. The case materials include black DLC-coated grade 5 titanium, 18kt rose gold, or 18kt white gold. Each model may be custom-designed upon request.

New Models for women

  • Purnell Escape IIS Treasure Diamonds: Case in black DLC titanium grade 5, and Spherion in rose gold-plated titanium; Cages set with 304 brilliant-cut diamonds
  • Purnell Escape IIS Treasure Rainbow: Case in 18k Rose gold; Cages set with 304 brilliant-cut sapphires, rubies and emeralds
  • Purnell Escape IIS Treasure Baguette Diamonds: Case in 18k white gold, and outer and inner case with crown set with 326 baguette diamonds (totaling 20.26 carats); Cages set with 304 brilliant-cut diamonds; Dial in 18k white gold set with 46 baguette diamonds and 11 baguette blue sapphires (for Indexes) (totaling 1.04 carats)
  • Purnell Escape IIS Treasure Baguette Rainbow: Case in 18K rose gold, set with 273 baguette diamonds, 41 baguette sapphires, rubies and emeralds (totaling 18.95 carats)
    Cages set with 304 brilliant-cut sapphires, rubies and emeralds; Dial in 18K rose gold set with 57 baguette sapphires, rubies and emeralds (totaling 1.04 carats) and rose gold-finished with lacquer indexes displaying hours, minutes and power- reserve.

Technical details

Model: Escape IIS Treasure with Diamond Set Spherion Cages (Ref: CP13GDTB)

Movement
Mechanical Hand Winding Caliber CP13
Double Spherion with Diamond Set Cages – the World’s Fastest Triple Axis Tourbillon
Functions: Hour, Minute and Power Reserve Indication via an Ingenious Suspended Mobile Cone Mainspring Sensor
Number of Components: 386
Number of Jewels: 67
Power Reserve: 32 hours
6 Mainsprings Assembled in 4 barrels Aligned in Parallel (Four are Superimposed within Two Barrels). 2 Visible Barrel Covers Engraved with Purnell Watchmaking Philosophy
Balance Frequency: 3Hz / 21,600 bph
Movement Dimensions: 37.5 mm x 13.3 mm
Movement Weight: 15.7 grams
Adjusted: 12 Positions
High-Velocity Spherion Cages Performance
Both Cages are Revolving in the Opposite Direction Thanks to its Differential System
Fastest Triple-Axis Tourbillon with Rotation in:
⇒ 8 Seconds Inner Cage
⇒ 16 Seconds Secondary Cage
⇒ 30 Seconds Outer Cage
Spherion Weight: 0.831 grams
Material: Rose Gold plated Titanium
Setting: 304 brilliant-cut Diamonds in total
Shock Protection: 8 Incabloc

Dial
Black Ruthenium Dial with Hand-polished Hands, Finished with Hand-Applied Lacquer Indexes Displaying Hours, Minutes and Power Reserve

Case
Material: Black DLC Titanium Grade 5
Dimensions: 44 mm x 18 mm
Water Resistance: 3 atm
Number of Case Components: 15
Monobloc Sapphire Crystal
Lateral Windows on Edge of Case at 9 O’clock

Strap
Genuine crocodile or natural rubber

Model: Escape IIS Treasure with Rainbow Set Spherion Cages (Ref: CP13RWRG)

Movement
Mechanical Hand Winding Caliber CP13
Double Spherion with Rainbow Set Cages – the World’s
Fastest Triple Axis Tourbillon
Functions: Hour, Minute and Power Reserve Indication via an Ingenious Suspended Mobile Cone Mainspring Sensor
Number of Components: 386
Number of Jewels: 67
Power Reserve: 32 hours
6 Mainsprings Assembled in 4 barrels Aligned in Parallel (Four are Superimposed within Two Barrels). 2 Visible Barrel Covers Engraved with Purnell Watchmaking Philosophy*
Balance Frequency: 3Hz / 21,600 bph
Movement Dimensions: 37.5 mm x 13.3 mm
Movement Weight: 15.7 grams
Adjusted: 12 Positions
High-Velocity Spherion Cages Performance
Both Cages are Revolving in the Opposite Direction Thanks to its Differential System
Fastest Triple-Axis Tourbillon with Rotation in:
⇒ 8 Seconds Inner Cage
⇒ 16 Seconds Secondary Cage
⇒ 30 Seconds Outer Cage
Spherion Weight: 0.831 grams
Material: Blued Titanium
Setting: 304 brilliant-cut Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds
Shock Protection: 8 Incabloc

Dial
Blue Titanium Dial Set with 118 Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds, Hand-polished Hands, Finished with Hand-Applied Lacquer Indexes Displaying Hours, Minutes and Power Reserve

Case
Material: 18K Rose Gold
Dimensions: 44 mm x 18 mm
Water Resistance: 3 atm
Number of Case Components: 15
Monobloc Sapphire Crystal
Lateral Windows on Edge of Case at 9 O’clock

Strap
Genuine crocodile or natural rubber

Model: Escape IIS Treasure Baguette (Ref: CP13BDWD)

Movement
Mechanical Hand Winding Caliber CP13
Double Spherion with Diamond Set Cages – the World’s Fastest Triple Axis Tourbillon
Functions: Hour, Minute and Power Reserve Indication via an Ingenious Suspended Mobile Cone Mainspring Sensor
Number of Components: 386
Number of Jewels: 67
Power Reserve: 32 hours
6 Mainsprings Assembled in 4 barrels Aligned in Parallel (Four are Superimposed within Two Barrels). 2 Visible Barrel Covers Engraved with Purnell Watchmaking Philosophy*
Balance Frequency: 3Hz / 21,600 bph
Movement Dimensions: 37.5 mm x 13.3 mm
Movement Weight: 15.7 grams
Adjusted: 12 Positions
High-Velocity Spherion Cages Performance
Both Cages are Revolving in the Opposite Direction Thanks to its Differential System
Fastest Triple-Axis Tourbillon with Rotation in:
⇒ 8 Seconds Inner Cage
⇒ 16 Seconds Secondary Cage
⇒ 30 Seconds Outer Cage
Spherion Weight: 0.831 grams
Material: Blued Titanium
Setting: 304 brilliant-cut Diamonds in total
Shock Protection: 8 Incabloc

Dial
18K White Gold set with 46 Baguette Diamonds and 11 Baguette Blue Sapphires Indexes Totaling 1.04 carats; Gunned Blue Finished Hands

Case
Material: 18K White Gold, Outer Case, Inner Case and Crown set with 326 Baguette Diamonds Totaling 20.26 carats
Dimensions: 44mm
Water Resistance: 3 atm
Monobloc Sapphire Crystal

Strap
Genuine Crocodile or Natural Rubber
Folding Buckle: 18k White Gold, set with 11 Baguette Diamonds; Totaling 1.20 carats

Model: Escape IIS Treasure Baguette Rainbow (Ref: CP13RWRW)

Movement
Mechanical Hand Winding Caliber CP13
Double Spherion with Set Cages – the World’s Fastest Triple Axis Tourbillon
Functions: Hour, Minute and Power Reserve Indication via an Ingenious Suspended Mobile Cone Mainspring Sensor
Number of Components: 386
Number of Jewels: 67
Power Reserve: 32 hours
6 Mainsprings Assembled in 4 barrels Aligned in Parallel (Four are Superimposed within Two Barrels). 2 Visible Barrel Covers Engraved with Purnell Watchmaking Philosophy*
Balance Frequency: 3Hz / 21,600 bph
Movement Dimensions: 37.5 mm x 13.3 mm
Movement Weight: 15.7 grams
Adjusted: 12 Positions
High-velocity Spherion Cages Performance
Both Cages are Revolving in the Opposite Direction Thanks to its Differential System
Fastest Triple-Axis Tourbillon with Rotation in:
⇒ 8 Seconds Inner Cage
⇒ 16 Seconds Secondary Cage
⇒ 30 Seconds Outer Cage
Spherion Weight: 0.831 grams
Material: Blued Titanium
Setting: 304 brilliant-cut Sapphires, Rubies and Emeralds
Shock Protection: 8 Incabloc

Dial
18K Rose Gold set with 57 Baguette Sapphires, Rubies and Tsavorites Totaling 1.04 carats; Rose Gold Finished with Hand-applied Lacquer Indexes Displaying Hours, Minutes and Power Reserve

Case
Material: 18K Rose Gold, set with 273 Baguette Diamonds, 41 Baguette Sapphires, Rubies and Tsavorites Totaling 18.95 carats
Dimensions: 44mm
Water Resistance: 3 atm
Monobloc Sapphire Crystal

Strap
Genuine Crocodile or Natural Rubber
Folding Buckle: 18K Rose Gold, set with 11 Baguette Diamonds; Totaling 1.20 carats

Model: Escape II Double Spherion

Movement
Mechanical hand winding Caliber CP03
Double Spherion – the world’s fastest triple axis tourbillon
Functions: Hour, Minute, and Power Reserve indication via an ingenious suspended mobile cone mainspring sensor.
Number of components: 386
Number of jewels: 67
Power reserve: 32 hours
6 mainsprings assembled in 4 barrels aligned in parallel (four are superimposed within two barrels). 2 visible barrel covers engraved with Purnell watchmaking philosophy
Balance frequency: 3Hz / 21,600 bph
Movement dimensions: 37.5 mm x 13.3 mm
Movement weight: 15.7 grams
Adjusted: 12 positions
High-velocity Spherion cages performance
Both cages are revolving in the opposite direction thanks to its differential system
Fastest triple-axis tourbillon with rotation in:
⇒ 8 seconds inner cage
⇒ 16 seconds secondary cage
⇒ 30 seconds outer cage
Spherion weight: 0.79562 grams
Material: Titanium
Shock protection: 8 Incabloc

Dial
Black ruthenium dial with hand-polished hands, finished with hand-applied lacquer indexes displaying hours, minutes and power reserve

Case
Material: Available in 18K rose gold, Titanium grade 5 and Black DLC Titanium grade 5
Dimensions: 48 mm x 19 mm
Water resistance: 3 atm
Number of case components: 15
Monobloc Sapphire Crystal
Lateral windows on edge of case at 9 O’clock

Strap
Genuine crocodile or natural rubber

Retail price
Prices start from CHF 425,000.-, individually numbered and limited to 20 pieces per reference

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