C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition

The new C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition watch fuses a sporty profile and assertive character, with a combination of noble materials.

Its platinum case houses an 18k white gold movement. Aesthetically, C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition is very close to the previous titanium editions. The movement, entirely decorated by hand, has exceptional polished bevels, hand-frosted finishes on the surfaces, straight graining on the edges, and the interior of the bridges enhanced by a hand-engraved structure.

C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition

In order to preserve the general spirit of the calibre, the hour-minute hands are off-centred on the horizontal axis and the hour indices taper ever so slightly and are of varying lengths, while the 5-second intervals of the small seconds at 7 o’clock are also marked by tapering lines of differing lengths.

C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition

The dial is available in grey and highlighted with blue details, or in blue highlighted with white details. The tapering, three-dimensional hands, numerals and index are made of 18k white gold. For enhanced legibility, the hands are filled with Super-LumiNova.

C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition

Each index and Roman numerals bring a more traditional feel to the design of the piece – matte-treated and hand-finished with satin-finish that contrasts the overall aesthetics of the piece and harmonizes with the surface of the case.

C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition watch with grey dial

The dial plate is made of 18k white gold. The grey dial has been sand-blasted and treated with a special coating that protects it against UV rays and the blue dial has a blue PVD treatment.

C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition watch with blue dial

The striking, geometric profile of the platinum bezel is characteristic to C by Romain Gauthier. The bezel is first machined into a round shape featuring a circular bevel, then six straight sides are cut into it to create six facets. While these facets, which have been polished, reflect the light and bring the bezel to life, the rest of the bezel absorbs light thanks to its satin-finishing. The same facetted design is replicated around the sapphire crystal on the back of the watch.

C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition

In between the bezel and caseback, the one-piece caseband and lugs are geometrically sculpted, with satin and polished finishes as well as aesthetic grooves cleverly deployed to draw out the resulting shapes. Meanwhile, the rubber strap and the platinum pin buckle follow the form of the angular lugs and rounded caseband so it appears as a continuous, organic extension of the case.

C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition

And not for the first time in his work, Romain has placed the crown for winding and time-setting at 2 o’clock, freeing up space for wrist movement. To facilitate handling, the platinum crown can be fluted or surrounded by a rubber ring.

Romain has endowed C by Romain Gauthier with a stop-seconds mechanism, allowing the wearer to set the time exactly according to a reference time.

Like many stop-seconds mechanisms, a brake is placed on the balance wheel when the crown is pulled out. But instead of using a straight or L-shaped balance stop lever to halt the balance, Romain has opted to employ a snail cam that performs a double function. It touches and stops the balance wheel when the crown is pulled out and, when the crown is pushed back in, the snail cam makes a turn, with its increasingly wide form giving the balance an impulse to help it start beating again. Romain has used the snail cam’s unique shape in his past creations, for example the Logical One.

C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition

Visible through the sapphire crystal case-back, the manual-winding movement incorporates a number of finger bridges – historically typical of the Vallée de Joux, Romain’s birthplace – but reinterpreted here in a contemporary way.

These bridges are horizontally configured and feature a ‘stepped’ shape that not only provides volume and depth, but also gives the sense that the bridges are literally flowing over the gears and balance wheel, with no clear end to them.

The bridges are made from 18k white gold and boast contrasting tones and textures thanks to a variety of finishes. The outer edges of each bridge all feature a double bevel, while the flat bridge surfaces and rubies are each framed by a raised border that has been hand-frosted.

C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition

Within these borders, the hand-finishing specialists at Manufacture Romain Gauthier have used a special hand-engraving technique to create a highly original dimpled texture. The movement mainplate beneath has been hand-frosted.

Romain’s trademark gears and ratchet wheel featuring circular, bevelled spokes have been circular-grained, while the click, snail cam and screws with S-slot have been highly polished. Finally, the lid of the mainspring barrel has been embellished with a superb snailing decoration.

C by Romain Gauthier’s regulator features the Romain Gauthier balance wheel with curved arms and calibrated eccentric weights, plus hand-assembled pallet lever that is triangular for maximum rigidity.

Technical details

Model: C by Romain Gauthier Platinum Edition

Case
Material: Platinum
Dimensions: 41mm x 9.55mm, lugs to lugs: 49.5 mm
Water resistance: 50m/5atm/160ft
Crown for winding and time-setting at 2 o’clock
Watch supplied with a fluted crown or surrounded by grey rubber crown rings.
Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflection coating, front and display back

Dial
Dial available in grey, highlighted with blue details or in blue, highlighted with white details
Off-centred hours and minutes
Small seconds at 7 o’clock with 5-second intervals marked by tapering bright white or blue lines
Super-LumiNova-filled 18k white gold hands
18k white gold numerals and hour markers

Movement
In-house, hand-wound movement
Dimensions: 32.10 mm x 5.50 mm
Power reserve: 60 hours
Number of jewels: 24
Number of components: 154
Balance frequency: 28,800 vph / 4Hz
Components made from: White gold, stainless steel, steel, brass, and German silver
Finishing: Superlative decoration by hand

Indications
Off-centred hours and minutes
Small seconds at 7 o’clock

Strap
Supplied with grey rubber strap with specially developed, satin-finished and polished platinum pin buckle

Total weight of the watch
149g, including rubber strap and pin buckle

Edition
Unlimited edition in platinum, engraved with the number of the piece on the back of the movement

Retail price
CHF 78,000 without taxes