Swiss haute-horlogerie brand Ateliers deMonaco presents a special edition of its Admiral Flyback Chronograph in collaboration with architect and designer Luca Stradivari.
Available in four limited editions (steel, 18 carats rose gold, white gold and yellow gold), the new Admiral Chronographe Flyback Stradivari watch is a spectacular creation with an eye-catching geometric dial and the ingenious fly-back chronograph function.
Luca Stradivari is a direct descendant of legendary luthier Antonio Stradivari – creator of the famous Stradivarius violin. Luca Stradivari has infused the new Admiral Chronographe Flyback Stradivari watch with his exhilarating creative energy. His keen eye for curves, lines and perspective has influenced the silhouette of this timepiece, its relief and dynamism as daring as its creator.
More than an architect and designer, Luca Stradivari, has also inherited a particular sensibility from his ancestors that has undoubtedly intensified his pursuit of perfection.
Produced by the Italian family Stradivari during the 17th and 18th centuries, Stradivarius violins are now a highly sought after antique masterpieces. Today, the auction price of these exceptionally collectable violins fetches up to several millions of US dollars. Whether it is a mechanical luxury watch or a classic violin, attention to detail is a must.
Some traditional techniques remain secret within a family. For example, no one has definitively solved the mystery of the legendary Stradivarius and its uniquely special sound. In spite of the many theories surrounding the specific make-up of the varnish used, the internal wood structure, its chemical treatment for improving its resonance, none of it has been established for sure to this day.
Growing up in a world where he came into contact with very finely crafted objects produced to the highest standards from an early age, Luca Stradivari has developed his vision of the perfect object made from the finest materials.
Housed in a 42 mm case enhanced by a raised middle, the well-defined black geometric dial with intertwining lines capable of transporting its admirers to other horizons reveals the dreamlike spirit of Luca Stradivari.
Coated and curved, bold polished triangular hour markers in opposite directions frame this fantasy and give the piece its dynamism. Elegant dauphine hands indicating the hours, minutes and seconds of the chronograph glide over the signature of the architect and designer, given pride of place at 6 o’clock. At 9 o’clock, you’ll find the small seconds counter and on the opposite side, the chronograph’s minutes counter.
The open case back allows the dMc-760 calibre to be admired. Decorated by hand, there is intricate circular satin-finishing, perlage, Côtes de Genève, chamfering and traits tirés adorning the bridges. Completing the piece is the signature 22 carat gold oscillating weight, a feature of all the brand’s automatic watches, carefully revolving around the movement. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph, it has a power reserve of 38 hours.
There are four limited edition models available: one steel model limited to 88 pieces and 36 in 18 carat gold, including: 12 white gold, 12 yellow gold and 12 rose gold.
Finally, to ensure the various elements can be appreciated in exceptional detail, the two sapphire crystals on the case (bezel and case back) benefit from an anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
The flyback function first appeared in 1936, enabling pilots and elite athletes to time themselves over long and short distances. A straightforward concept, it allows the chronograph to be stopped, reset and restarted with a single press of the push-piece, rather than three successive presses.
True to its goal of making complications both easier to use and more efficient, the patented Admiral Chronographe Flyback by Ateliers deMonaco is no exception. This feature measures a succession of elapsed times, while eliminating many repetitive and unnecessary operations. The flyback module has only 96 parts, making it one of the most efficient flyback modules in the world, as well as one of the most affordable, thanks to its ingenious construction.
Model: Admiral Chronographe Flyback – Stradivari
Automatic dMc-760 caliber
Flyback chronograph with patented ‘’Direct return to zero’’ mechanism
Frequency: 28800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
38-hour power reserve
Hand decoration on all bridges
Circular satin-finishing, circular graining, Côte de Genève, chamfered, line drawn
22K gold hand-engraved rotor
Hours, minutes, chronograph seconds (center), small seconds(9 o’clock), chronograph minutes (3 o’clock), flyback
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 42 MM
Height: 13.3 MM
Full polished and assembled by hand
Multi-layered anti-reflection coating on front and back sapphire crystal
Case back secured with 6 screws
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM
Polished, curved and applied indexes
Hand-stitched alligator leather with nubuck finishing
Stainless steel folding buckle
Limited edition 88 pieces