Confrérie Horlogère “Clef du Temps” Tourbillon (“Mentors” Collection)

The “Clef du Temps” Tourbillon is an exceptional timepiece that that allows the wearer to “modulate the speed of the time”.

Confrérie Horlogère brand’s “Les Masters” collection is the venue for the presentation of outstanding movements born of pioneering mechanical and engineering research. A prime example is “La Clef du Temps” tourbillon watch featuring a hand-wound mechanical movement providing three days of power reserve.

Truly unusual in design, issued in a very limited series of 24, each of which corresponds to a timezone, “La Clef du Temps” is the brainchild of Mathias Buttet, founder of Confrérie Horlogère.

“La Clef du Temps” houses a sophisticated mechanism that allows the wearer to “modulate the speed of the time”. Simply actioning a three-position crown opposite 9 o’clock alters the running speed of the hours and the minutes – the latter displayed at 2 o’clock.

  • Crown position 1: the pace of time slows by half (so that the value of one normal hour is displayed as a half-hour on the dial of “La Clef du Temps”).
  • Crown position 2: the pace of time remains the same (i.e. one hour remains one hour).
  • Crown position 3: the pace of time is doubled (so a standard half-hour becomes a full hour on the dial of “La Clef du Temps”).

This way, pleasant moments can be made to last twice as long, while unpleasant ones can be shortened by half while always retaining the option to “return” to real time. The watch’s extremely sophisticated mechanism allows its time indications to remain in positions 1 or 3 as long as its wearer wishes since a simple return of the crown to position 2 resets the hour and the minute hand to the real time of day.

The dial also features a retrograding running seconds at 4 o’clock and a power-reserve indication (PRI) in a 120° sectoral indicator at 8 o’clock.

Further noteworthy features include the movement, shaped like a stylized human brain, the futuristic case crafted in grade 5 titanium, the strap composed of eight rubber-clad strands and a deployment clasp that features the Confrérie Horlogère logo.

Like all Confrérie Horlogère products, “La Clef du Temps” benefits from a lifetime warranty and the totally Swiss-made provenance of its every part and component.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre reference CH 1057-CDT
Mechanical movement with vertical tourbillon-type Swiss lever escapement
Hand winding
Width: 40.10 mm
Length: 40.40 mm
Thickness: 7.80 mm
Power reserve: 80 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph
Number of parts: 364
Jewelling: 47

Indications
Hours, minutes
Retrograding running seconds at 4 o’clock
Special pace-of-time indicator at 10 o’clock: 1. Half-speed, 2. Standard-speed, 3. Double-speed
Power-reserve indicator (PRI) at 8 o’clock

Crown
Two positions: winding and setting

Case
Titanium
Width: 53.20 mm
Length: 58.60 mm
Thickness: 21.60 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres (~ 100 feet)

Strap
Eight rubber-clad strands
Clasp: Folding type, titanium

Confrérie Horlogère “Pulsion” Tourbillon Chronograph (“Les Classiques” Collection)

Belongs to the “Les Classiques” Collection by Confrérie Horlogère, this tourbillon wristwatch incorporates a chronograph whose column wheel couples directly with the flying tourbillon carriage.

This timepiece comes with a hand-wound mechanical movement fitted with a flying tourbillon, i.e. with suspended carriage, at 6 o’clock. Its design is such that the carriage rotates without ball bearings and includes a Swiss lever escapement. A 72° sectoral indicator displays its 5-day power reserve.

The column-wheel chronograph visible at 12 o’clock displays the seconds on a counter at 1.30 on the dial and the minutes on another, positioned at 10.30. The chronograph is activated by the same push-piece: start, stop and return to zero are all affected by the push-piece at 3h.

The upper and lower bridges and bars are made of a special aluminium, allowing the movement to take on any colour the customer might wish. The mainplate displays an original honeycomb decorative finish visible both on the dial side and through the sapphire crystal case back.

Beating at 21’600 v.p.h., the heart of the watch is housed in an ergonomically designed tonneau-shaped case. It is fashioned in one size only but comes in three versions: titanium, white gold and pink gold. Those who fancy the colour black may opt for a black PVD-finished version. The design’s spherical sapphire crystal further underscores the designer’s intention to create a smoothly sensual and ergonomic timepiece.

Cut from extremely supple rubber or in the finest leather and both featuring titanium inserts, the strap comes fitted with a deployment clasp made in the same metal as the case, forming Confrérie Horlogère’s initials, the letters CH.

The lifetime warranty and totally Swiss-made provenance constitute signature features of this and of all Confrérie Horlogère productions.

Technical details

Collection: Les Classiques
Model : « Pulsion » Tourbillon Chronograph

Movement
Calibre CH 1450
Mechanical movement with tourbillon-type Swiss lever escapement
Hand winding
Standard analogue display of hours and minutes at centre
Built-into this basic calibre is: 1 column-wheel chronograph visible on the dial side and comprising two counters (seconds and minutes)
Movement shape: tonneau
Width: 30.40 mm
Length: 32.90 mm
Thickness: 7.40 mm
Power reserve: 120 h.
Frequency: 21’600 v.p.h.
Number of parts: 265
Jewelling: 35

Indications
Hours, minutes
Chronograph: 60-sec. counter at 1.30
30-min. counter at 10.30
Power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock

Crown
2 positions: winding and setting

Push-piece
Single push-piece at 3h. : Start, stop, return to zero

Case
Titanium or white gold or pink gold or black PVD finish
Water resistance: 30 m (~ 100 feet)

Strap
Hand-stitched leather or rubber, with titanium inserts
Clasp: Deployment type, in the same metal and finish as the case

Confrérie Horlogère – Le Tourbillon «Résilience» by David Rodriguez

“Résilience” is the name of young watch maker David Rodriguez’s piece for the Haut de Gamme brand Confrérie Horlogère. Hours and minutes, flying Tourbillon at 6h, square case with generous proportions, prestigious finishes, handmade decorations and engravings; the Le Tourbillon «Résilience» is a high complication watch which we can admire in every detail as it was created with a transparent case back.

Through very peculiar decorative details it summarises an entire life: intense and difficult existence of David Rodriguez, born in Peru, abandoned at birth, maltreated, condemned to walk with crutches after poliomyelitis contracted in his early childhood. A course of life full of obstacles, with an emergency exit in Switzerland, a country where David had found a loving, adoptive family. At present, the bad fate baiting him seems to have worn out. David has a passionate enthralling job and is surrounded by his family, a wife and their three little girls who are the sunshine of his life.

The watch “Résilience” reflects well the will to resist suffering and the capacity to survive, gaining strength despite the obstacles which mark the life of humans. To start with, this aptitude is expressed by the case designed in only one, resolutely imposing size.

Then by the face “dissected” in two, offering, on one side, a guilloché pattern in black – sober and mysterious at the same time – and, on the other side, a delicate handmade engraving reproducing Machu Picchu, en archaeological Inca site and inheritance of humanity considered as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Finally by its movement visible through the transparent case back and which, in a surprising way, reveals a tortured world made of wounds and scars, fractures and stitches.

The suffering endured by the creator of this piece is revived through numerous symbols: an X in carbon fibre (a material thanks to which David’s legs can support the weight of his body, thus enabling him to hold upright) which repairs the open fault symbolizing the disease which broke his childhood, a scar mended with a golden thread and decorating the upper part of the bridge, the holes and cracks gashing the classical “Côtes de Genève” décor that seem to compromise the work of a good watchmaker.

Nevertheless, the result is contrary to the expectations. Just like the life of David Rodriguez has taken its unhoped-for revenge being the fruit of an undeniable interior force, the “Résilience”, despite the fractures and stitches decorating its bridges, offers a sophisticated and precise mechanism of high degree of accuracy. The indication of the hour and the minute are at the centre, the flying Tourbillon at 6 h includes a Swiss lever escapements and is characterized by a construction allowing the carriage to rotate in one minute without resorting to ball bearings, the Power Reserve is of 5 days. It is also necessary to highlight the bridge of the cage which represents the Andean Condor and is handmade. In South American mythology, the condor symbolizes the respect due to the people.

A multitude of details retrace the joys and sad experiences of this out-of-ordinary life out and, at the same time, they represent a key which makes it possible to give a direction to the existence of each man and each woman: the suffering and happiness seem to be inevitably connected.

Entirely made in Switzerland, this new watch benefits from the lifetime warranty specific to all pieces signed by Confrérie Horlogère.

Technical details

Model: The “Résilience” Tourbillon

Movement
Calibre CH 1000-DR
Mechanical movement with tourbillon-type Swiss lever escapement
Hand winding
Length: 30.40 mm
Width: 30.40 mm
Thickness: 5.13 mm
Power Reserve: 120 hours
Frequency: 21’600 a/h
Number of parts: 154
Jewelling: 19

Indications
Hours, minutes

Crown
2 positions: winding and setting

Dial
Guilloché pattern (PVD treated in black) on the left side
Handmade engraving representing “Machu Picchu” on the right side

Case
Pink gold (titanium and yellow gold variants)
Water resistance: 30 m (~ 100 feet)

Strap
Hand-stitched leather
Clasp: Deployment type (in the same metal as the case)