BADOLLET

Since 1655, the name of Badollet has been inextricably entwined with the history of watchmaking in Geneva. Successive generations of this watchmaking dynasty were active since the 17th century, keeping constant and unbroken step with the evolution of this time-honoured art –from the clock through to the wristwatch.

The first figure in the branch of the family that was to devote the most longstanding efforts to this infinitely varied art is remembered by historians as far more than just a watchmaker. Endowed with a curious nature that led him to take an interest in all forms of knowledge, and fascinated by horology as soon as he began practising it at the age of 20, the multi-talented Jean Badollet (1635-1718) was also a pastor and a school headmaster.

In 1689, he published a work entitled L’Excellence de l’horlogerie ou Petit Traité où l’on fait voir son Antiquité, ses Fondements, sa Nécessité et ses Curiosités. This learned book featured a blend of historical research, astronomical theories and technical accounts, along with explanatory drawings of various types of clocks, movements, dials and cylinders, as well as other “curious watches”. This authentic scholar thus eloquently sang the praises of the beauty and nobility of fine horology.

Jean Badollet passed on his passion for watchmaking to his six sons, at a time when Geneva was undergoing a serious economic crisis. The Badollet family made a noteworthy and definitive entrance into the Fabrique in Geneva, the prestigious local institution encompassing all the watch and jewellery-making professions.

At the end of the 18th century, one of the founder’s direct descendants, Jean-Jacques Badollet (1756-1843), regularly supplied movement blanks, gear-trains or even“commercial watches” to Abraham-Louis Breguet, who had set up his workshops in Paris.

Jean-Jacques’ son Jean-Moïse (1811-1862) established Jean- Moïse Badollet & Cie, a company name that survived well after his premature death in 1862, thanks to the efforts of his widow and his sons. Having initially settled in London in 1837, after spending time in Sicily and various trips abroad, he had undertaken to produce watches there intended for export to different countries. In 1854, he joined forces with one of his fellow countrymen Gustave Huguenin, to whom he entrusted the firm in London upon his return to his native city where he ran the family business while also playing an important role in the economic and political arena.

Twenty years later, the company created in 1854 was pursuing its activities in the sale and production of watchmaking and jewellery. The eldest son of Jean-Moïse, Jean-Jacques Badollet (1850-1908), was actively involved in the business alongside his mother. From 1872 onwards, Badollet chronometers won a string of awards in the chronometry competitions staged by the Geneva Observatory, as well as medals and honorary diplomas at the international expositions in Vienna (1873), Philadelphia (1876), Paris (1878 and 1879), Groningen (1879), Graz (1880) and Melbourne (1881).

The official catalogue of the International Machine and Tool Exhibition held in Geneva in 1880 speaks of the company’s activities in these terms: “In addition to standard mechanical production, J.-M. Badollet & Cie has earned a fine reputation for its complicated precision watchmaking: the successes achieved in the annual competitions organised by the Industrial Class of the Société des Arts testify to the superior rating of its chronometers”.

In 1881, Jean-Jacques created his own firm named J.-J. Badollet & Cie, devoted to the production, purchase and sale of watchmaking and related parts: it was to operate in parallel with the J.-M. Badollet & Cie. family business that had been located since 1862 at no. 14, Rue du Stand.

One major milestone followed shortly thereafter: after winning a competition in which sixteen Genevan watch companies had taken part, the new company was selected as official supplier of the 1887 Tir Fédéral (Swiss national shooting competition).

Even after his mother’s death in 1890, coinciding with a period of severe economic crisis, Jean-Jacques did not give up the struggle. While his brother Gustave took charge of the family store where the stocks of watches were to be sold, he personally founded (when it came time to renew his firm) the new Société Anonyme de la Fabrique d’horlogerie in 1891. He decided to meet head on the challenge from the American manufacturers, who were producing simple and inexpensive watches, with the antimagnetic “Charmilles” watches that were patented worldwide and series-produced in the modern factory in the Rue de Dôle, Geneva.

After almost three centuries of uninterrupted activity since 1655, the Badollet watch dynasty died out in 1924 upon the demise of Gustave, the last representative of a Genevan family that had found its way in style through the entire history of horology, from the clock to the wristwatch.

“INSTRUMENTS OF TIME” BY BADOLLET
Respecting the past while transcending it to offer truly innovative “Instruments of Time”: such is the fundamental principle guiding the development of all Badollet timepieces – including some very unexpected ones.

The Badollet dynasty’s contribution to horological know-how – over a period stretching unbroken from the clock to the wristwatch – places the brand’s current determination to explore new horizons and to develop all types of timepieces within its true historical perspective. Representing far more than just watches, the objects created by Badollet truly deserve to be called “Instruments of Time”.

The “Instrument”, of which the primary functions must be clearly apparent and easy to use, carries two-fold connotations of technical sophistication and reliable functionality. Badollet revisits technical aspects by highlighting the sophistication of various systems, by reinforcing the durability of the various components, and by giving top priority to consumers’ needs rather than merely to the product performance.

Functionality is not perceived as a quest for showy, ostentatious pieces, but is instead carefully thought out and designed to meet the owner’s actual needs and to ensure user-friendliness. As Badollet emphasises: “Almost all of the functions to be developed for the mechanical watch already exist. But they can and must be vastly improved in order to make them more pleasant, more interesting and more innovative from the wearer’s standpoint”.

The first collection comprises wristwatches (around ten models) and an Object of time. The wristwatches embody two forms of aesthetic inspiration: a more classic one reflecting the codes of the pocket-watch, and another more contemporary one. These new Instruments of Time are driven by impeccably finished Haute Horlogerie movements. In due course, purchasers will be able to personalise their timepiece. Future owners will indeed have the opportunity to take part in a watch project right from its creation, following the various stages in development and requesting modifications as they so wish – while respecting the spirit of the Badollet Instruments of Time.

Finally, the taste for perfect luxury would not be complete if the new brand did not consider both the product and its environment to be of equal importance. Creating an intimate setting for the Instrument of Time, enabling it to reveal its full splendour by presenting it like the rarest and most precious collector’s item: such are the conditions in which the Badollet spirit can express its very essence.

EXCLUSIVE AND PERSONALISED INSTRUMENTS OF TIME
The notions of service and personalisation are inseparably bound up with Badollet’s creative approach. The Instruments of Time bearing the signature of the Geneva-based Haute Horlogerie firm are the material embodiment of the very concept on which the company is grounded. Available exclusively in extremely limited editions, Badollet watches reflect the exceptional expertise lavished on these creations, from design to production and through to final delivery to their owner.

“You do not merely purchase a Badollet watch, you acquire your very own Instrument of Time crafted by Badollet”. A significant nuance that implies comprehensive service encompassing each stage of creation, and a level of personalisation made possible by the high-quality and deliberately ‘confidential’ production volume maintained by the House. Building on these principles, Badollet offers prestigious Instruments of Time endowed with a highly exclusive character. Above and beyond the products it presents at its own initiative, Badollet is also committed to creating and producing unique Instruments of Time reflecting the nature, the interests and the desires of their respective owners.

All Badollet timepieces offer a high level of technical sophistication entirely dedicated to functionality, to user-friendliness, and to enhancing the wearing experience. Badollet weaves these three essential notions into its entire creative process.

Respecting the past and transcending it in order to offer genuinely innovative Instruments of Time: such is the fundamental principle guiding the development of all Badollet timepieces. The Badollet product range comprises two distinct types of timepieces: Instruments of Time and Objects of Time. Instruments of Time refers to the various wristwatch lines, while Objects of Time is a category covering all the other developments, concepts and proposals relating to the measurement of time.

INSTRUMENTS OF TIME
Badollet’s determination to revisit the epic timekeeping adventure is expressed through models inspired by the past, conveying the present and resolutely oriented towards the future of watchmaking history. Some models aim to forge a link between the rich watchmaking past of the Geneva-based brand and the current expectations of Haute Horlogerie collectors and connoisseurs. These timepieces embody the aesthetic affiliation between the 19th century and the contemporary era: slender, classically-shaped round cases, echoing the gentle curves of antique pocket-watches.

Others more vividly represent the contemporary expression of Badollet and its openness towards the 21st century. The sleek cases of its first models, issued exclusively in 150 palladium-coated white gold, are designed to highlight and magnify the movements they house. The sophisticated, ethereal structure of these round or rectangular cases serves to refocus the global vision of these Instruments of Time on fundamentals. Finally, Badollet offers a service substitute watch named “Ishango” – in reference to the unique service world offered by Badollet. This model is equipped with a Manufacture-made movement and will be loaned to owners of a Badollet timepiece while their watch is being serviced or repaired.

OBJECTS OF TIME
Again with a view to transcending watchmaking history, Badollet naturally wished to pay tribute to one of its very first illustrations: Objects of Time. While the wristwatch first appeared in the early 20th century, preceded by the pocket-watch that emerged in the 17th century, the clock, a genuine Object of Time, is an integral part of the horological adventure. Imbued with powerful aesthetic values, the Objects of Time developed by Badollet evoke time by incorporating functions relating to the calculation of time and of its inexorable passing. They are intended to be both exclusive and exceptional, representing authentic collector’s items.

BADOLLET MOVEMENTS: A CONCENTRATED BLEND OF EXPERTISE AND ADDED VALUE
Firmly positioned at the very peak of the watchmaking pyramid, the Badollet Instruments of Time beat to the rhythm of exceptional mechanical movements. Whether a tourbillon minute repeater, monopusher tourbillon chronograph or meteorite tourbillon, all versions of Badollet’s mechanical calibres feature the meticulous finishes characteristic of Haute Horlogerie in the noblest sense of the term, and confer genuine added value. Blanked, cut, milled and profile-turned on state-of-the-art machinery guaranteeing exceptional precision, all movements parts are then patiently decorated – bevelled, polished, circular grained and engraved – before being hand-assembled by master-watchmakers, the only craftsmen capable of performing these extremely complex and skilled tasks.

In order to be in a position, right from the time of its launch,to offer exceptional timepieces meeting the high demands of genuine collectors and connoisseurs, Badollet has developed exceptional mechanical movements in cooperation with a team of experienced watchmakers and inventive movement design engineers. These outstanding calibres are worthy to equip the entire first generation of Instruments of Time presented by the Geneva Haute Horlogerie brand.

Official website: http://www.badollet.com

BADOLLET Crystalball Round Bamboo

Badollet’s Crystalball Bamboo perfectly epitomises the values of a brand that aspires to simplicity by shunning artifice and aiming for the exceptional. The exquisitely delicate open working of the main plate and bridges, inspired by Asian bamboo scaffolding, reveals craftsmanship worthy of the finest watchmaking artisans. Issued in a limited edition, this timekeeping instrument, like all models by the house, can be personalised according to individual desires and wishes.

Technical details

Movement  
Calibre BAD5600
Mechanical hand-wound, flying tourbillon, 21,600 v/h, 19 jewels, 120-hour power reserve, mainplate and bridges in aluminium and lithium

Case
18K white or rose gold, Ø 44 mm
Bezel in 18 K white or rose gold
18K white or rose gold crown
Glare proofed sapphire crystal and caseback

Middle Part
Malachite, lapis lazuli, onyx, mother-of-pearl, carbon fiber, etc.

Dial
Malachite, lapis lazuli, onyx, mother-of-pearl, carbon fiber, etc.

Bracelet/Strap   
Matt or glossy hand-sewn green alligator leather with 18K white gold folding clasp

Badollet Crystalball Bamboo “Tiger” Unique Piece

The Crystalball Bamboo “Tiger” by Badollet is a one of kind horology art piece that feature a delicate open working of the main plate and bridges, inspired by Asian bamboo scaffolding. A 3mm, 18 carat gold plain disk has been carved to create this piece of art: “a tiger in a bamboo forest jumping over the tourbillon”. It took more than 250 hours of painstaking work by an expert engraver. This sculpture is then applied on a malachite plate. The 18 carat rose gold case houses a mechanical hand wound flying tourbillon movement which beats at the rate of 21,600 beats per hour. The flying tourbillon at 6’o clock is guarded by a rose gold roaring tiger and the elegant blue hands look after the time reading functions.

Technical details
Movement
Calibre BAD5600
Mechanical hand-wound, flying tourbillon, 21,600 v/h, 19 jewels, 120-hour power reserve, mainplate and bridges in aluminium and lithium

Case
Ø 44 mm, case in 18 K rose gold
Middle part of the case in Malachite
Glare proofed sapphire crystal and case back
Water-resistant to 30 meters

Dial
Malachite base, 18K rose gold engraved tiger and Bamboo

Bracelet/Strap   
Matt or glossy hand-sewn green alligator leather with 18K white gold folding clasp

BADOLLET Tourbillon Stellaire White Gold High Jewellery Version

Swiss luxury watch brand BADOLLET unveils a sparkling diamond set version of it exceptional Tourbillon Stellaire timepiece. This timepiece boasts a dazzling 18k white gold case set with 861 diamonds and houses the state of the art BAD1630 movement, whose base plate is entirely made from meteorite and the upper bridge of the tourbillon carriage is set with extra-terrestrial olivines.

This mechanical hand-wound movement, endowed with a 120-hour power reserve displayed on the caseback, indicates the hours and minutes by means of blued central hands, as well as a tourbillon that is visible through the openworked dial at 6 o’clock. The stunning 18K white gold base is set with 643 diamonds. Revealing the symbolic power of the infinitely small, the carriage of the flying tourbillon carrying the Badollet logo and weighing less than one gram is set in a free-spirited and random manner with various shapes of extra-terrestrial olivines, also extracted from meteorite fragments.

The 44 mm-diameter diamond studded white gold case is fitted with a sapphire crystal caseback enabling one to admire the back of the exceptional movement as well as its power reserve. This high jewellery timepiece is supplied with a saddle-stitched, entirely hand-sewn Black Safari alligator mississipiensis leather strap with 18K white gold folding clasp.

Technical details
Model: Tourbillon Stellaire White Gold High Jewellery Version

Movement
BAD1630
Tourbillon type mechanical movement with Swiss lever escapement
Manual winding
Standard central analogue display of the hours and minutes
Baseplate made from meteorite material, upper bridges of the tourbilon carriage set with olivines, and bridges representing galactic circles
Tourbillon carriage visible at 6 o’clock on the dial side, with personalised Badollet bridge. Suspended-type tourbillon (without bars) performing one full rotation in one minute. Cage pivoting without ball-bearing mechanism
Power-reserve indication (IRM) on the caseback (bridge side)
Number of lignes: 13 1/4
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)
Power reserve: 120 hours

Case
18k white gold case set with 861 diamonds (9.58 K)
Sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides, ultra-hard treatment
Crown in 150 palladium-coated white gold, diamond studded and badollet logo, water-resistant when the crown is pulled out
External diameter: 44 mm
Inter-horn width: 24 mm

Dial
18K white gold base, set with 643 diamonds (2.30 Ct)

Strap
Saddle-stitched, entirely hand-sewn Black Safari alligator mississipiensis leather
18K white gold Folding clasp

Badollet Ivresse

Swiss luxury watch brand Badollet presents Ivresse, a finely crafted timepiece in platinum highlighted with its gentle curves and softened angles. It is a purest expression of time dressed in a rectangular platinum case. Its finishes radiate a deep and intense purity that highlight its midnight blue face.

The play on contrasts is heightened by the brushed finish of the dial set against the circular satin-brushed chapter ring. The latter appears to be literally suspended thanks to striking light and shadow effects, while the discreetly cut-out hands accompany time in its perpetually renewed cycle. The design, pared down to its most obvious and natural expression, celebrates functionality and readability rather than aesthetic excess, as the Badollet griffin appears in solitary splendour at 12 o’clock.

The aesthetic refinement, created by Eric Giroud, is equalled only by the mechanical complexity of this timepiece. The flying tourbillon movement, exclusively designed and developed for Badollet, is deliberately hidden from sight.

Visible only through the transparent case-back, the tourbillon carriage recaptures the delicate modesty of vintage watches. The sapphire opening is shaped like the symbol of infinity, in a tribute to time as the universal driving force. Elusive, yet perceptible, immutable and yet exhilarating.


Ivresse bracelet
A cascade of precious stones sparkles across the skin with crystal-clear tones. The fresh charm of the gems unfurls in a pure limpid aesthetic, reminiscent of the 1930s. The bangle is bathed in diamonds and sapphires flowing endlessly over the wrist, alternating between perfectly aligned brilliant and baguette cuts.

Exquisitely crafted in white gold, it transforms the art of jewellery to a vibrant and dazzling treasure. The delicacy of the gems, the quality of the mesh and the absolute discretion of the clasp embody the secrets of French “Haute Joaillerie”. The rigorous geometrical lines provide tantalising glimpses of what lies beneath: an exquisite object designed to procure endless pleasure; simply begging to be captured.

Technical details
Model: Ivresse

Movement
BADOLLET 2012
Dimensions:Length 35.00 mm. Width 19.50 mm. Thickness : 6.40 mm.
Distinctive feature: Domed movement with cone-shaped going train
Winding: Manual
Power reserve: 120 hours
Description: Central hours and minutes, flying tourbillon, hanging barrel
Main plate: Nickel silver, entirely hand-decorated with chamfering, chasing, concave chamfering, circular graining and straight graining executed in the traditional manner

Case
Material: 950 platinum
Crystal:Sapphire, colourless anti-reflective treatment on both sides, extra-hard treatment
Case back crystal:Flat sapphire, colourless anti-reflective treatment
Crown:950 platinum
Length: 53.80 mm
Width: 30.00 mm
Thickness: 12.30 mm
Interhorn width: 20.00 mm
Water-resistant to : 30m

Dial
Dark blue vertical satin-brushed base, applied riveted circular satin-brushed silver-toned chapter ring 12 nickel-plated mirror-polished riveted metal hour-markers, 36 nickel-plated incised 0.40 mm-diameter beads, riveted applied BADOLLET symbol

Strap
Material: Genuine full-grain alligator leather strap, large square scales
Finish : Safari finish, rolled edges, flat profile, genuine tone-on-tone “pompon” alligator leather, tone-on-tone stitching, heat-embossed
Colour : Midnight blue
Lug width: 20 mm
Buckle width: 18 mm

Buckle
Type:Pin
Material: 950 platinum

The Ivresse bracelet
18K white gold bracelet, composed of 40 bands set with diamonds and with blue, lilac pink and purple sapphires
Total number of jewels: 892 precious stones
Total carat weight: 100 carats
Gold weight: 200 grams
Bracelet length: 68 mm

Gemsetting
Grain setting (30 bands) and baguette setting (10 bands)
Diamonds: 85 baguette-cut diamonds and 228 brilliant-cut diamonds, F-VS quality
Sapphires: 85 baguette-cut sapphires including two shades of blue, from Kanshana and Ceylon (Sri Lanka); 494 brilliant-cut sapphires including two shades of blue, two shades of lilac pink, one shade of purple, from Thailand, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Madagascar.

Badollet Tourbillon Stellaire Limited Edition

Tourbillon Stellaire is the latest “Instrument of Time” from Swiss luxury watch brand Badollet. In this extra ordinary horological art piece, the watch maker has chosen to integrate the most rare, precious and highly symbolic extra-terrestrial materials. The BAD1630 movement that beats inside the Tourbillon Stellaire is distinguished by its base-plate entirely made from meteorite and by the upper bridge of the tourbillon carriage set with extra-terrestrial olivines.

BAD1630 is mechanical hand-wound movement, endowed with a 120-hour power reserve displayed on the case-back, indicates the hours and minutes by means of central hands, as well as a tourbillon that is visible through the open-worked dial at 6 o’clock. Revealing the symbolic power of the infinitely small, the carriage of the flying tourbillon carrying the Badollet logo and weighing less than one gram is set in a free-spirited and random manner with various shapes of extra-terrestrial olivines, also extracted from meteorite fragments.
Tourbillon Stellaire comes in 44 mm, 150 palladium-coated white gold case. The sapphire crystal case-back enables to admire the back of the exceptional movement as well as its power reserve. The case-back also provides a glimpse of the finely open-worked and hand-drawn bridges, depicting galactic circles. Water-resistance is 30 metres. Tourbillon Stellaire features a glare-proofed sapphire crystal protecting an open-worked dial with Roman numeral hour circle, revealing the various parts of the movement and its meteorite base-plate. Strap is made in genuine crocodile leather with 150 palladium-coated white gold folding clasp. Limited edition of 30 pieces only.

The base-plate of the BAD1630 movement was created from the Cape York meteorite, named after the place where it landed, in Melville bay to the west of Greenland. It is thought to have dropped form the sky 10,000 years ago, even before Greenland was inhabited. This meteorite, discovered during a perilous expedition headed by English explorer Sir John Ross in 1818, was particularly important in the daily life of the Inuits, who used it to make arrow heads, harpoons and knives.

Badollet has chosen to set the tourbillon carriage, not with the usual precious stones, but with sidereal gems: olivines, detected in the dust halos surrounding young stars, as well as in the dust coma of the Hale-Bopp comet. Earth-bound olivines, found in great abundance in volcanic rocks, are used in making jewellery. While extra-terrestrial or “heavenly” olivines feature much the same composition as their much younger earthly sisters, they can nonetheless be identified by scientific analyses. Badollet holds an official certificate certifying the “non-earthly” origin of the olivines used to adorn its Tourbillon Stellaire.

Hundreds of millions of stars rotate around a common centre of gravity, thereby forming a galaxy. “Galactic circles”, represented by the bridges of the BAD1630 movement powering the Tourbillon Stellaire, is the name given to describe the path described by these stars as they pursue their rotation.
Badollet’s choice of meteorite for the base-plate of its BAD1630 movement was not determined merely by its symbolic value, but also viewed as a chance to rise to a technical challenge. Meteorite is a material that is particularly hard to fashion, not only because its structure is extremely uneven, but also because it tends to become magnetically charged during machining. Badollet therefore had to develop some exceptional processes in order to accomplish the apparently impossible. The Cape York meteorite is an octahedric type meteorite made up of more than 91% iron and having been exposed to cosmic rays for an estimated 93 million years. This high iron content is liable to modify the colour of the Tourbillon Stellaire movement, yet without affecting its smooth operation. This distinctive feature reinforces the unique nature of each timepiece, since none of them will look identical as time goes by.

Technical details
Model: Badollet Tourbillon Stellaire Limited Edition

Movement
– BAD1630
– Tourbillon mechanical movement with Swiss lever escapement
– Manual winding
– Standard central analogue display of the hours and minutes
– Baseplate made from meteorite material, upper bridges of the tourbilon carriage set with olivines, and bridges representing galactic circles
– Tourbillon carriage visible at 6 o’clock on the dial side, with personalised Badollet bridge.
– Suspended-type tourbillon (without bars) performing one full rotation in one minute. Cage pivoting without ball-bearing mechanism
– Power-reserve indication (IRM) on the caseback (bridge side)
– Number of lignes: 13 1/4
– Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)
– Power reserve: approx. 120 hours

Case
– Back and bezel in 150 palladium-coated white god
– Sapphire case middle
– Sapphire crystal, glareproofed on both sides, ultra-hard treatment
– Crown in 150 palladium-coated white gold, water-resistant when the crown is pulled out
– External diameter: 44 m
– Inter-horn width: 24 mm
– Water-resistant to 30 metres

Hands
– Hours: Leap-type, rhodium-plated
– Minutes: Leaf-type, rhodium-plated

Strap
Saddle-stitched, entirely hand-sewn Black Safari alligator mississipiensis leather
Clasp: Folding clasp, 150 palladium-coated white gold

Edition
Limited edition of 30

Badollet Crystalball Bamboo White Diamond

The Crystalball Bamboo watch by Badollet is a meeting point of a highly original skeletonisation technique and an ultra-light haute-horlogerie movement. The engraving and sculpture work on the bridge, inspired by Asian bamboo scaffolding, reveals exceptional savoir-fair, worthy of the greatest horologist craftsmen.

Badollet Crystalball Bamboo White Diamond

The extreme finesse of this skeletonisation is coupled with the great lightness of the movement, weighing only 10.5 grams for the imposing size of 26.5 x 31.5 mm with a thickness of 8.6 mm.

Modern materials are combined through the aluminium-lithium of which the bridge is composed, and the black gold used to treat the main plate, the train wheels and the barrel.

Badollet Crystalball Bamboo White Diamond

If the watch mechanism makes reference to bamboo scaffolding, the rectangular case with its purity of lines evokes the building itself. The case’s not insignificant dimensions, 43.2 x 40.2 mm, contrast with the purity brought by the translucent dial (glass with sapphire case back).

Badollet Crystalball Bamboo White Diamond

Here in 150 palladium white gold, the Bamboo’s appearance can, like all Badollet Instruments of Time, be personalised according to the purchaser’s desires: ceramic, sapphire, engraved or jewel-encrusted, etc.

Badollet Crystalball Bamboo White Diamond

Even a titanium version will later appear, accentuating the lightness of the timepiece. Free of all artifice, this Instrument of Time takes simplicity to the extreme by conserving the scaffolding- the sublime engraved movement- whilst refining its structure to the maximum.

Badollet Crystalball Bamboo White Diamond

Watertight at a depth of 30 metres and produced in an edition which is, by its very nature, limited, the “Bamboo” skeleton Tourbillon comes with a crocodile leather strap with folding clasp in 150 palladium white gold.

Badollet Crystalball Bamboo White Diamond

The calibre BAD5600’s light flying tourbillon is integrated into an ultra-light unit thanks to its aluminium-lithium composition. Beating at a frequency of 21’600 a/h, the calibre BAD5600 has exceptional autonomy with 5 days’ power reserve.

Technical details

Model: “Crystalball Bamboo” (in white gold)

Movement
Calibre BAD1602
Manual winding
Rectangular movement 26.75 x 31.90 mm
Tourbillon visible at 6 o’clock on the dial side
120-hour power reserve with indicator visible through the case-back

Case
Back and bezel in 18-carats palladium-coated white gold
Various types of dial ring: sapphire, white gold, titanium, zirconium ceramics
Colourless glare-proofed sapphire crystal on both sides, treated to ensure extreme hardness
150 palladium-coated white gold crown
Bezel set with 52 diamonds baguettes cut (6.70 carats)
Width: 40 mm
Length: 43 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Inter-horn width: 24 mm
Water-resistant to 30 metres

Dial
Skeleton dial, 18-carats palladium-coated white gold

Hands

With the Enamel dial:
– Hours and minutes: leaf-type, blued steel
– Chronograph minutes and seconds: straight, blued steel
– Power reserve: straight, blued steel

With the Sport and the Stone dial:
– Hours and minutes: leaf-type, rhodium-plated
– Chronograph minutes and seconds: leaf-type, rhodium-plated
– Power reserve: straight, blued steel

Strap
Safari crocodile leather (alligator missisipiensis), hand-sewn saddle-stitched
Folding clasp, 150 palladium-coated white gold

Badollet Crystalball Chronograph

Different kinds of dials, each offered in a choice of materials, a range of middle part variations: the Crystalball Chronograph by BADOLLET is capable of adapting to all kinds of aesthetic and technical desires.

Associated with an exceptional mechanism, its classic design can be interpreted in numerous different ways according to personal preferences.

The dial, featuring an hour circle with Roman numerals in white gold, id available in a choice of onyx, white mother-of-pearl, black mother-of-pearl, jade and lapis lazuli, and many others…

Badollet Crystalball Chronograph

The broad variety of middle parts imparts different technical features and qualities to this Instrument of Time. When fitted with a sapphire dial-ring, the Crystalball highlights the movement and adds a transparent touch to the case. Lightness is the keynote in the titanium version. Zirconium ceramics, an extra-hard material not sensitive to heat, imparts its strength to the case.

Issued in editions that are by nature limited and personalised, the Crystalball Chronograph is available in multiple combinations and available on a genuine crocodile leather strap complete with a white gold folding clasp.

Undoubtedly one of the hardest complications to fully master, the monopusher chrongoraph is one of the most subtle expressions of horological expertise. When combined with a tourbillon regulator, it becomes a truly exceptional work of art.

Its sophisticated, streamlined case in 150 palladium-coated white gold, measuring 44 mm in diameter, houses the imposing BAD1602 hand-wound calibre.

This monopusher column-wheel chronograph movement with tourbillon regulator is endowed with a 120- hour power reserve and drives the hour and minute indications, the 60-second and 30- minute chronograph counters at 1.30 and 10.30 o’clock respectively, the power-reserve display on the back of the movement, as well as a flying tourbillon appearing through the dial opening at 6 o’clock.

Visible through both the transparent case-back and the dial opening, the meticulous finishes – bevelling, circular graining and Côtes de Genève motifs – skilfully reveal the inherent added value of this Haute Horlogerie creation.

Technical details

Model: The Crystalball Chronograph

Movement
Calibre BAD1602
Manual winding
Monopusher chronograph with clutch on the tourbillon carriage, and with minute and seconds counting
Tourbillon visible at 6 o’clock on the dial side
120-hour power reserve with indicator visible through the case-back

Case
3 parts
Back and bezel in 150 palladium-coated white gold
Various types of dial ring: sapphire, white gold, titanium, ceramics
Colourless glare-proofed sapphire crystal on both sides, treated to ensure extreme hardness
150 palladium-coated white gold crown pusher
External diameter: 44 mm
Inter-horn width: 24 mm
Water-resistant to 30 metres

Dials
Onyx Stone, Lapis lazuli, black mother-of-pearl, white mother-of-pearl, etc.
Gold base
Hour circle with gold Roman numerals

Strap
Safari crocodile leather (alligator missisipiensis), hand-sewn saddle-stitched
Matt black or glossy
Double or Triple Folding clasp in 150 palladium-coated white gold
Pin buckle in 150 palladium-coated white gold

Badollet Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater

The Badollet Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater combines the rich horological heritage of the Badollet brand with resolutely contemporary technical sophistication and functionality.

In 1872, in order to improve the already renowned performances of the Geneva watchmaking business, the Classe d’Industrie et de Commerce de la Société des Arts entrusted the Geneva Observatory with supervising the chronometer rating competition. Badollet won the first edition of the Concours de l’Observatoire, intended to reward the accuracy of the best chronometer, with its pocket-watches sweeping the first three places.

Badollet, having played an active part in the watchmaking adventure from the 18th to the 20th centuries, wished to create a series of models linking the brand’s rich past to its current renewal and reflecting its respect for time-honoured values.

These Instruments of Time, named “Observatoire 1872”, combine a classic case with a shape evoking that of pocket-watches, and movements boasting a resolutely contemporary technical sophistication.

With the Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater, Badollet houses one of the most intricate complications, the minute repeater, within a classic pocket-watch type construction, while endowing it with the technological breakthroughs characterising the brand renewal.

Badollet Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater with flying tourbillon

This understated and elegant Instrument of Time features a round 44 mm-diameter case with gentle shapes in 18-carat gold. Water-resistant to 30 metres, it is enhanced by a glare-proofed sapphire crystal glass and case-back.

Presented here with an open-worked opaline dial set with 72 diamonds and 12 sapphires, the Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater, like all Badollet Instruments of Time, can be interpreted and customised according to personal wishes within the boundaries of technical feasibility. The rhodium-plated leaf-type hands can also be customised.

Clearly visible through the transparent case-back and dial opening, the meticulous finishing – bevelling, circular graining and Côtes de Genève – cleverly reveal the added value inherent to this Haute Horlogerie creation. The hammer, gongs and inertial flywheel of the minute repeater mechanism can be admired on the bridge side.

At the heart of this horological gem beats Calibre BAD1655, a mechanical hand-wound movement with tourbillon type Swiss lever escapement.

This Calibre combines two major complications of the watchmaking art: the flying tourbillon and the minute repeater, which is triggered by a dedicated sliding bolt at 9 o’clock.

Driven by the same concern for optimal functionality, the Observatoire 1972 Minute Repeater is distinguished by the exceptional clarity of the sound it emits. When the mechanism is activated, the time is audibly signalled by the hammers striking the appropriate gongs. These hammers sound the hours on the low-pitched gong, quarters by alternating between the low- and high-pitched gongs, and minutes on the high-pitched gong.

Moreover, its striking work is visible on the dial side, while the hammers, gongs and flying tourbillon can be viewed on the bridge side. The watch displays the hours and minutes, while the flying tourbillon carriage – enhanced by a bridge bearing the Badollet signature – performs one complete rotation that may be admired at 6 o’clock on the dial side.

Technical details

Model: The Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater

Movement
Calibre BAD1655
Hand-wound movement
80-hour power reserve
Tourbillon visible on the dial side at 6 o’clock
Minute repeater with striking mechanism sliding bolt at 9 o’clock

Case
18-carat white gold
Cambered colourless sapphire crystal glare-proofed on both sides, ultra-hard surface treatment
Colourless glare-proofed sapphire crystal back 18-carat white gold crown
External diameter: 44 mm
Wristband lugs: 24 mm
Water-resistant to 30 metres

Dial
18-carat gold Opaline silver-coloured dial, set with 72 diamonds and 12 sapphires

Hands
Hours and minutes: leap type, blued steel

Strap
Safari alligator mississipieinsis leather, cut-padded, leather-lined, hand-sewn, saddle-stitched. Matt or shiny finish
Folding clasp in 18-carat white gold
Pin buckle in 18-carat white gold