Roger Dubuis Excalibur Liu Wei Monotourbillon Limited Edition

Swiss luxury watch brand Roger Dubuis introduces the fourth timepiece from its Urban Culture Tribe with the Excalibur Liu Wei Monotourbillon (MT).

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Liu Wei Monotourbillon Limited Edition

Limited to just eight pieces, this Excalibur timepiece was created in collaboration with multi-talented visual artist Liu Wei. It comes with a manual-winding skeleton movement featuring a Flying Monotourbillon mechanism.

This hand-wound skeleton calibre comes with an increased power reserve up to 72 hours thanks to tourbillon carriages made in titanium and cobalt chrome, improved durability thanks to new lube.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Liu Wei Monotourbillon Limited Edition

The star-shaped bridge has been redesigned by Liu Wei and is enhanced by sapphire crystal dials with luminescent micropainting on both sides. The geometric micropainting is extending to the rubber base strap.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Liu Wei Monotourbillon Limited Edition

Every single component of the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Liu Wei watch is finished by hand. Moreover, it complies with Poinçon de Genève, one of the most respected certifications of Haute Horlogerie.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Liu Wei Monotourbillon Limited Edition

Technical details

Model: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Liu Wei Monotourbillon Limited Edition
Reference RDDBEX1028

Movement
Calibre RD512
Manual-winding, skeleton, Flying Monotourbillon
Finishing: Shot-blasted and trued-up main plate and bridges
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21’600 Vibrations per Hour
Power reserve: 72 Hours
Diameter lines: 16
Thickness: 6.9 Millimeters
Number of pieces: 194
Number of rubies: 19

Functions
Hours, minutes
Flying Monotourbillon

Case
Titanium case
Diameter: 42 Millimeters
Titanium bezel
Titanium crown
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Titanium open case back with sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 BAR (100m)

Dial
Sapphire crystal dials with UV micropainting, interleaved with redesigned star-shaped bridge

Hands
Triple surface hands in white gold 750/1000 with satin brushed finish on the tilted surfaces – shot-blasted finish on the flat grey surface, SLN tips

Strap
Premium calf leather strap
The strap is interchangeable thanks to Quick Release System
Buckle: Titanium cover with titanium blades, triple folding, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Roger Dubuis Excalibur DT White Ceramic and EON GOLD Boutique Edition

This limited edition boutique exclusive watch blends the precious EON GOLDTM and White Ceramic. Inside this timepiece beats a manual-winding Skeleton double flying tourbillon movement manufactured in the Roger Dubuis workshop in Geneva.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur DT White Ceramic and EON GOLD Boutique Edition

It has a white ceramic case measuring 45mm diameter. The crown, bezel and the case-back ring are made of EON GOLDTM, a specific 750/1000 5N gold alloy that is more resistant to tarnishing when exposed to extreme conditions.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur DT White Ceramic and EON GOLD Boutique Edition

Re-engineered and improved performances with a power reserve of 72 hour, better resistance to magnetism thanks to tourbillon carriages made in titanium and cobalt-chrome.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur DT White Ceramic and EON GOLD Boutique Edition

Two tourbillons linked with a differential directly connected to the second wheel of the gear train for a better transmission of the energy.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur DT White Ceramic and EON GOLD Boutique Edition

The skeleton calibres manufactured by Roger Dubuis comply with one of the most respected certifications of Haute Horlogerie, the Poinçon de Genève.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur DT White Ceramic and EON GOLD Boutique Edition

This Excalibur Skeleton double flying tourbillon watch is limited to 8 pieces.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre RD108
Manual-winding Skeleton double flying tourbillon movement
Functions: Hours, minutes
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21’600 Vibrations per Hour
Power reserve: 72 Hours
Diameter lines: 16 3/4
Thickness: 7.35 Millimeters
Number of pieces: 319
Number of rubies: 32
Finishing: Shot-blasted, trued-up or circular-grained main plate and bridge with NAC coating

Case
White Ceramic case with sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
EON gold bezel
EON gold crown
EON gold open case back with sapphire crystal
Case diameter: 45 Millimeters
Water resistance: 10 Bar (100m)

Dial
White Mineral Composite Fiber double surface flange with engraved minute track and transferred texts, polished and pink gold 750/1000 plated hour markers with SLN in the center

Hands
Triple surface hands in pink gold with satin brushed finish on the tilted surfaces and shot-blasted finish on the flat grey surface, SLN tips

Strap
Premium calf leather strap
The strap is interchangeable thanks to Quick Release System.
Pink gold cover 750/1000 with titanium blades, triple folding, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli MT Limited Edition

Roger Dubuis has launched Excalibur Spider Pirelli MT, a watch specifically developed for the 150th anniversary of Pirelli.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli MT Limited Edition

This boutique exclusive, manual-winding watch incorporates the emblematic Flying Monotourbillon complication with a power reserve indicator. Certified by Geneva seal, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli MT is a limited edition of eight pieces.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli MT Limited Edition

The mechanical skeleton flying tourbillon calibre is the signature of Roger Dubuis highly-skilled watchmakers. Placed at 7 o’clock, the flying tourbillon makes one rotation in 60 seconds. Inspired by the motorsport universe, the calibre includes a power reserve indicator built like a fuel Gauge.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli MT Limited Edition

The watch is delivered with 3 additional kits featuring the colors of the 150th anniversary of Pirelli. The colors offered are: silver, gold and red. The new QRS system allows the owner to change the bezel, crown and strap in a matter of seconds.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli MT Limited Edition

This timepiece comes with an exclusive strap made of winning motorsport tire rubber. It features inlays made of real tire rubber which have won one of the most demanding motorsport competitions in the world.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli MT Limited Edition

In addition to that, the design of the strap displays Pirelli patterns on the inside, reflecting the style and performance of the Italian manufacturer.

Technical details

Model: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli MT
Reference RDDBEX1036

Movement
Calibre RD508SQ
Manual-winding skeleton movement with power reserve display and flying monotourbillon
Circular-grained main plate
Bridges with rhodium plating
Trued-up anchor bridges with rhodium plating
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21’600 Vibrations per Hour
Power reserve: 60 Hours
Diameter lines: 16
Thickness: 5.92 Millimeters
Number of pieces: 265
Number of rubies: 29

Functions
Hours, minutes, power reserve indicator
Flying tourbillon

Case
White MCF (Mineral composite fibre) case with titanium container
White MCF (Mineral composite fibre) bezel with sapphire crystal and anti-reflective coating, interchangeable with QRS – Quick Release System
Titanium open case back with sapphire crystal and metallized Pirelli logo
Rubber crown interchangeable with QRS – Quick Release System
Diameter: 45 Millimeters
Water resistance: 5 bar (50m)

Dial
White lower flange with transfered texts and minute track
White upper flange with Rhodium plated screw-like hour markers filled with SLN

Hands
White gold 750/1000 hour and minute hands
Black outlined tips filled with SLN

Strap
White rubber strap with white rubber inlay with fused SLN on the 150th anniversary logo, white stitches. Interchangeable with Quick Release System

Buckle
Titanium cover with titanium blades, triple-folding, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus

Jacob & Co. has created a horological art piece that is acquired first as a digital asset using the blockchain technology. It is also the first ever “digital native” timepiece competing in the “GPHG” Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Jewelry category.

Its NFT allows to redeem a physical timepiece: a white gold, high jewelry, high watchmaking, unique piece interpretation by Jacob & Co. of Venus’ appearance.

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus

The timepiece created by Jacob & Co. was executed in both realms at the same time, with the same intention: designing a graphic and horological interpretation of the planet Venus as a watch.

An extension of the Astronomia collection, whose original concept is to represent a miniature version of our solar system, the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus takes this metaphorical view one step further in all manners of execution.

Both digital and physical assets are unique pieces that will not be repeated. The cutting-edge concept, grounded in both binary and actual worlds, has been recognized by members of the GPHG Academy.

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus

The Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus is a new, elaborate version based on Jacob & Co.’s successful Astronomia collection. It comes as 44-mm, polished white gold timepiece with wide sapphire openings on the caseband and openworked lugs.

Under its vast, curved sapphire crystal lies a vertical movement with three arms. One is a flying tourbillon, the other is a rotating 288-facet Jacob-cut gem representing a planet and the third is an hour and minute dial, cut from a slab of red spinel.

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus
The dome is a three-dimensional, gem-set lattice Jacob & Co. used as a canvas to carry the individual nature of each piece in the collection. In the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus case, the open-worked dome is made of yellow gold set with white diamonds, yellow diamonds and pink sapphires.

The digital side of Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus was created in collaboration with unxd.com, an online platform dedicated to bridging the gap between luxury and digital.

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus

A customer willing to acquire the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus is to make his purchase on unxd.com. They will acquire an NFT, a blockchain-secured certificate that is proof of ownership of the digital Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus.

This NFT unlocks a set of exclusive experiences designed by Jacob & Co. and which will be privy to the NFT owner only. They include a series of invitations to specific brand events and to meet personally with Jacob Arabo and Ben Arabov. The NFT allows its owner to redeem the physical version of the Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus directly from a Jacob & Co. boutique.

Technical details

Model: Jacob & Co. Astronomia Metaverso NFT Venus

Movement
Caliber: Exclusive Manufacture Jacob & Co. Manual Winding JCAM42
Diameter: 34.55 mm
Components: 296
Material: Titanium
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Jewels: 42
Functions: Hours and Minutes
• Flying Tourbillon Cage rotating in 60sec
• Jacob-cut pink gem rotating on itself in 60sec

Case
Diameter: 44 mm
Height: 21 mm
Material: 18K white gold and sapphire apertures on sides
Case Back: 18K white gold
Bows: Winding and time-Setting via two 18K white gold bows on caseback
Crystal: Domed sapphire with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 30 m (3atm)

Dial
Dome: 18K yellow gold set with brilliant-cut white diamonds (~ 1.06 ct.), pink sapphires (~ 0.45 ct.) and fancy vivid yellow diamonds (~ 0.71 ct.)
Subdial: Spinel with planet Venus symbol
Hands: Rose gold Jacob&Co-designed hands

Strap
Strap: White alligator
Clasp: 18K white gold tang buckle

Warranty
2-year international warranty

Limited Edition
Unique piece

Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Jacob & Co. presents a limited edition Opera watch to mark the 50th anniversary of The Godfather, the classic movie that won 3-time Oscar and 5-time Golden Globe.

The Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary is a 50-piece limited series, a striking cinematic, graphic and musical recollection of Francis Ford Coppola’s cult classic. This haute-horlogerie creation in 18K white gold incorporates the brand’s emblematic triple-axis flying tourbillon and music box complication.

Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Only a handful of movies have had as deep and lasting an influence as The Godfather. The Opera Godfather series by Jacob & Co. has been designed and crafted as a tribute to the movie’s unique status in both popular and cinema culture.

The Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary incorporates thirteen greatest scenes, in the same narrative order as in the movie. This graphic synopsis is laser-etched onto the white gold case with an unprecedented level of vividness and quality.

Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

The piece also features the movie’s thirteen most famous quotes, some of which are firmly anchored in popular culture, the most famous being “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

The Godfather Movie Quotes

This 50-piece limited series is housed in a 49-mm white gold case whose sides are decorated with thirteen emblematic scenes from the movie. Each scene is etched on the case using ground-breaking high-intensity, high-precision femtolaser technology that allows an unparalleled level of realism and vividness.

Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

The etching process creates an almost imperceptible texture, so that just as you see the scene, you actually feel the frame from The Godfather‘s movie reel. Chief among them is the image of Don Vito Corleone, etched between the lugs at 6 o’clock.

Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

In the middle of caliber JCFM04, The Godfather‘s emblematic red rose, rendered with incredible realism and quality, rests between the two musical barrels. They power the two-part music box mechanism that plays The Godfather‘s main theme, one of the foundational features of the collection.

Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

In this instance, these barrels have been crafted out of solid rose gold, and each engraved with a total of thirteen cult quotes from the movie. The pieces that cover the blades which create the melody have also been designed especially for this limited edition. One, in the shape of a piano, bears the image of Don Corleone and the other the puppeteer’s strings from the original movie poster.

By incorporating a new set of literal symbols and key elements of the movie’s imagery into the Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary, Jacob & Co. delivers a unique concept. This horological masterpiece fuses the art of watchmaking with symbolism.

Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary

In watchmaking terms, the Opera Godfather is a triple-axis tourbillon watch with twin music boxes, complete with combs and barrels. They play The Godfather‘s main theme, composed by Nino Rota, from the movie’s score. As the music plays, the entire movement spins as if in a dance while the off-centered dial turns in the opposite direction so as to remain upright.

Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary

In symbolic terms, it celebrates certain artifacts from The Godfather which have become part of pop and cinematic culture: the rose Vito Corleone wears on his lapel at his daughter’s wedding; the puppeteer strings originally featured on Mario Puzo’s original novel cover, which later became the movie’s poster; Marlon Brando himself, featured on one of the piano covers.

Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary Limited Edition

Limited to 50 pieces, each Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary comes in its special wood case, lined with red velvet. It contains a crystal decanter with a high-resolution print of Marlon Brando and The Godfather main logo. It also contains an all-new version of The Godfather Pen, which is an integral part of the Jacob & Co. Godfather universe.

God Father BALLPOINT Pen

This black celluloid fountain pen features an ample rose resting at the top of the cap, rendered in red and green enamel.

Technical details

Model: Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary

Movement
Caliber: exclusive manufacture Jacob&Co hand-wound JCFM04
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 17.2 mm
Material: steel, brass, platinum and titanium
Components: 658
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 21’600 vph (3 Hz)
Jewels: 58
System: triple-axis flying tourbillon, music box with double comb
Bridges and plates shot-blasted and black-PVD
Barrels with circular graining
Screws: beveled and mirror-polished

Functions
Subsidiary hour and minute rotating dial with differential
Triple-axis flying tourbillon (97 components; 1.79g)
– 1st axis: rotation in 24 seconds
– 2nd axis: rotation in 48 seconds
– 3rd axis: rotation in 180 seconds
The Godfather main theme melody activated by pusher at 10 o’clock
Rotation of 2 cylinders against 2 combs (36 teeth in total) playing a melody of 120 notes
Miniature rose figurine at the center of the movement
Black-DLC pianos with rose gold decor
Movement rotation of 120° in 30 seconds

Case
Diameter: 49 mm
Height: 20 mm
Material: 18K white gold
Case back: 18K white gold
Caseband: 18K white gold, laser-etched with 13 scenes from The Godfather
Time-setting: 18K rose gold bow on case back
Winding: 18K rose gold violin-shaped crank-handle
Crystal: domed sapphire with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 30 m (100ft/3 atm)

Dial
Dial: black mat polish and 18K rose gold applique Index
Hands: blued Jacob&Co designed hands

Strap
Black alligator leather strap with 18K rose gold folding clasp

Warranty
2-year international warranty

Edition
Limited edition of 50 pieces in 18k white gold

Price
500’000 USD (excluding taxes)

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The new variation of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph juxtaposes 18-carat pink gold and black ceramic. Following in the footsteps of its predecessor unveiled in 2021, this new timepiece is limited to 50 pieces and combines contemporary design with ancestral know-how.

It comes in a two-tone black ceramic and 18-carat pink gold case that highlights the complex architecture of the collection along with the three-dimensional aesthetic of the movement.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

With its contemporary design, black ceramic provides a blank canvas for the traditional skills of the Manufacture’s craftspeople. Each component is pre-polished and pre-satin-brushed before being painstakingly hand-finished with the brand’s trademark alternation of satin brushing and polished chamfers. These finishes can notably be admired on the model’s case middle, offering a fascinating interplay with the light.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The ultra-thin bezel, stylised lugs, crown and push-pieces are all crafted in 18-carat pink gold for a powerful and elegant contrast that harmoniously matches the ceramic and illuminates its dark aesthetic.

Echoing the two-tone case, the architectural movement is comprised of openworked bridges in both black and pink-gold tones, matching with the pink gold-toned balance wheel. The 18-carat white gold hands bring light into the heart of the movement, while the bridges and decorative elements feature 111 V-angles that have been sandblasted, satin-finished and polished by hand.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The decoration of the movement underlies the technical and extremely precise know-how of Audemars Piguet’s artisans. This meticulous work provides an interplay of shiny and matte finishes that create a captivating play with light reflections, bringing depth to the different levels of the movement.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph/ 41 mm

The transparent chronograph counters and the flying tourbillon cage at six o’clock also reveal parts of the watch mechanism below, allowing the viewer to admire the finesse of the different decorative techniques. This timepiece has a water resistance of 20 metres.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

Inside beats the Calibre 2952, Audemars Piguet’s latest automatic movement that is equipped with a hypnotic flying tourbillon and a contemporary flyback chronograph. This mechanism allows the chronograph to be reset and restarted with one push, without having to stop it first. This high-complication caliber is capable of delivering 65-hour power reserve.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph

The sapphire caseback reveals essential elements among the movement’s 479 components, including the 22-caratpink gold oscillating weight. The caseback also bears the engraving “Limited Edition of 50 Pieces.”

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Chronograph/ 41 mm
Reference 26399NR.OO.D002KB.01

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 2952
Total diameter: 32.6 mm (14½ lignes)
Total thickness: 8.22 mm
Number of parts: 479
Number of jewels: 40
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 65h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, flyback chronograph, hours and minutes

Case
Black ceramic case middle
Bezel, lugs, push-pieces and crown in 18-caratpink gold
Case thickness: 13.8 mm
Case diameter: 41mm
Double-curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 20m

Dial
Black lacquered inner bezel, 18-carat white gold hands.

Strap
Black textured rubber-coated strap with 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

The latest Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon comes with a black onyx dial and an attractive two-tone case design interweaving black ceramic with 18-carat white gold.

The black onyx dial’s purity is highlighted by the absence of hour-markers. This stone dial has been crafted in collaboration with long-term partner Someco, a company specialised in dial manufacturing since 1966 and located in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Carved out of a single black onyx stone, the dial has then been cut into a thin disc, ground, sanded and polished to perfection before being inserted into the dial’s pink-gold-toned brass base plate. Its polished finishing confers it an elegant shine, magnified by the watch’s double curved sapphire crystal.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

Each dial is unique, as each stone has its own natural composition, texture and colour and reacts differently to the manufacturing and finishing operations.

The overall minimalist design is enriched with pink gold accents, including pink gold hands and a discreet pink-gold-toned minute track printed on the black lacquered inner bezel.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

The polished laser-cut pink gold “Audemars Piguet” signature has been applied onto the dial with dedicated legs specifically adapted to the stone’s thickness. Lastly, the flying tourbillon cage, encircled by a delicate pink-gold-toned thread, matching with the balance wheel pulsating within, makes its rotations at 6 o’clock.

For the first time, the top bridge of the flying tourbillon cage has been finished with black PVD in an echo to the dial’s colour. The black rubber-coated strap, finished with a textured motif, enhances the watch’s contemporary look.

The Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon is endowed with a contemporary two-tone case design. While the bezel, lugs and caseback are crafted in 18-carat white gold, the octagonal case middle is honed from black ceramic.

First introduced on the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph in 2021, this two-tone case aesthetic makes its debut this year on some of the collection’s complicated models.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

Similarly to the 2021 Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph, the ceramic case middle has been crafted in collaboration with Bangerter, a Swiss family-owned company specialised in the manufacturing of precision components made of advanced ceramics, tungsten carbide and other super hard materials.

Like the gold components, the ceramic case middle is meticulously hand-finished with the Manufacture’s trademark alternation of satin brushing and polished chamfers, endowing the timepiece with a rich play of light.

As previous iterations, this new model is powered by selfwinding Calibre 2950. While the flying tourbillon made its appearance in 2018 in the Royal Oak Concept collection, the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet first introduced this prestigious mechanism coupled with a central rotor in 2019.

Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Black Onyx

Visible on the dial and through the sapphire caseback, the flying tourbillon cage constantly rotates itself while offering an unobstructed view of some of the watch’s regulating components. The flying tourbillon’s absence of bridges also furthers the dial’s minimalist aesthetic.

The timepiece’s sapphire caseback reveals the collection’s dedicated 22-carat pink gold oscillating weight and the refined finishing adorning Calibre 2950, including Côtes de Genève, traits tirés, snailing and circular graining, among other techniques.

Technical details

Model: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon / 41 mm
Reference 26396NB.OO.D002KB.01

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 2950
Total diameter: 31.50 mm (13 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 6.19 mm
Number of parts: 270
Number of jewels: 27
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 65 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours and minutes

Case
Black ceramic case middle
18-carat white gold bezel, lugs, caseback and crown
Double-curved glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Glare-proofed sapphire caseback
Water-resistant to 20 m
Case thickness: 11.8 mm

Dial
Black onyx dial, 18-carat pink gold hands, black lacquered inner bezel

Strap
Black rubber-coated strap with 18-carat white gold AP folding clasp

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

Audemars Piguet unveils its latest Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) model.

This 37 mm anniversary model, which complements the 39 mm “Jumbo” timepiece released earlier this year, features a plum dial with Petite Tapisserie pattern.

For the first time, Audemars Piguet introduces a flying tourbillon in this smaller diameter making it available to the slenderer wrists thanks to its latest ultra-thin selfwinding flying tourbillon movement, Calibre 2968, which measures a mere 3.4 mm in thickness and adorns a combination of traditional and contemporary hand-decorations.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm
The Calibre 2968 was developed over a five-year period. Integrating a flying tourbillon powered by an innovative escapement in a case of 39 mm and then 37 mm in diameter represents the Manufacture’s main technical achievement as this complication was previously reserved for 41 mm diameters.

The tourbillon cage, which is crafted in titanium, is notably equipped for the first time with a peripheral drive, which also contributes to its thinness. The combination of these two elements makes the distribution of energy to the tourbillon more fluid in addition to lightening and refining this regulating organ.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

In addition, the new escapement relies on an oscillator with increased amplitude that enhances reliability, energy distribution and precision.

In order to provide optimum visibility of both the flying tourbillon and the movement, Audemars Piguet engineers completely redesigned the architecture of the mechanism.

On the caseback side, the bridges have been open-worked to unveil the movement’s inner workings, while achieving a harmonious and symmetrical aesthetic. On the dial side, the geometry and positioning of the balance wheel arms have been modified to make the beating heart even more perceptible.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

The technical design of the movement results in the flying tourbillon being placed at the dial level, for a greater visual experience.

The hand decoration of the movement components, visible through the sapphire caseback, combines the dynamism and classicism of V-angles with the modernity of traits tirés – a finish that appears on the mainplate and bridges and replaces the traditional Côtes de Genève. The openworked, rhodium-toned bridges offer an unobstructed view on the contrasting pink-gold-toned elements of the mechanism.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

Similarly to its 39 mm counterpart, the timepiece adorns a Petite Tapisserie dial, but presented for the first time in a vivid plum hue, obtained by Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) to guarantee a light, homogeneous and lasting hue across all dials.

Inspired by the original model from 1972, this new reference also encompasses bathtub-shaped hour-markers and hands with a luminescent coating for optimum legibility in the dark.

The “Audemars Piguet” signature, as well as the minute track, has been printed in white onto the Tapisserie motif. Rotating at 6 o’clock, the titanium flying tourbillon cage provides a sharp contrast with the plum background, creating a mesmerising aerial effect.

Departing from Jumbo aesthetics, the hand-finished stainless steel case and bracelet of this 37 mm model incorporate the collection’s latest design evolution which was introduced at the beginning of the year on numerous Royal Oak models. The widened polished bevels and the increase taper of the bracelet links bestow the timepiece with a slenderer silhouette, while reinforcing its ergonomics.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 37 mm

The Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin features a central oscillating weight mounted on ball bearings and equipped with two reversers that ensure bidirectional winding.

This dedicated rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold rotor, specifically developed for the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, bears the “50-years” logo and the Audemars Piguet signature engraved on its surface. Matching the tones of the stainless steel case and bracelet, it is adorned with the collection’s trademark polished and satin-brushed finishes that can be admired through the sapphire caseback.

In 1986, Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s first selfwinding tourbillon wristwatch. Imagined by Jacqueline Dimier, the design placed the tourbillon escapement on the dial side for the very first time.

Calibre 2870 was housed in an ultra-thin case measuring a mere 5.3 mm thick. Its titanium tourbillon cage remains one of the smallest in the world today with a diameter of 7.2 mm, as well as one of the lightest with a weight of only 0.123 grams.

This model became known as the Tourbillon Selfwinding Ra (in reference to the Egyptian sun god) because Jacqueline Dimier’s design gave the tiny regulator the appearance of a sun, with its rays spreading across the dial.

This complicated wristwatch, of which 401 were produced until 1992, opened up a new avenue for Haute Horlogerie, which began to see a comeback of prestigious mechanisms including tourbillon watches.

Thirty years after Jacqueline Dimier’s model, the Manufacture, known for its ability to innovate, launched a series of Research and Development models.

In 2015, Audemars Piguet revealed its first RD#1 Royal Oak Concept Minute Repeater Supersonnerie prototype at SIHH, after eight years of research in partnership with EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a panel of experts composed of watchmakers, engineers, musicians and sound specialists.

This watch marked a significant step forward in terms of acoustic performance, sound amplification and sonic beauty, with the launch of the Supersonnerie mechanism. This system, for which three patents were filed, combines a novel chiming mechanism with an innovative case construction.

The commercial Royal Oak Concept Minute Repeater Supersonnerie version, which followed one year later, won the “Mechanical Exception Watch Prize” at the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

In 2019, Audemars Piguet unveiled a new innovation with its 41 mm Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, whose prototype was presented a year earlier at SIHH under the name RD#2.

This 6.3 mm-thick calendar watch houses a movement that is only 2.89 mm thick, making it the world’s thinnest automatic calendar wristwatch of its time. To achieve this feat, the calendar functions usually mounted on three levels were brought together on a single plane.

The Manufacture’s experts also developed two patented innovations relating to the integration of the end-of-month cam with the date wheel and the association of the month cam with the month wheel.

Marking a turning point in the history of complication watches, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin earned Audemars Piguet the “Aiguille d’Or” award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in November 2019.

This year, the Manufacture’s latest technical advance, the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin, follows in the footsteps of these previous innovations. The two RD#3 timepieces, powered by the new Calibre 2968, combine technical innovation and aesthetic refinement to pay a fine tribute to the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

Technical details

Model: Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) / 37 mm
Reference 26660ST.OO.1356ST.01

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours, minutes

Case
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 37mm
Case thickness: 8.1 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m

Movement
Selfwinding Calibre 2968
Total diameter: 29.6 mm (13 lignes)
Total thickness: 3.4 mm
Number of parts: 226
Number of jewels: 33
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 50 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Dial
Plum dial with Petite Tapisserie pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

 

ULYSSE NARDIN RAINBOW

Swiss luxury watch brand Ulysse Nardin has released two new versions of its LADY DIVER 39mm and BLAST TOURBILLON 45mm timepieces, both inspired by the iridescent rainbow colors of silicium.

In 2001, Ulysse Nardin became the first watchmaker to introduce a timepiece with silicium escapement components. Since then, the brand has incorporated this metalloid into several of its movements, including the BLAST TOURBILLON’s caliber UN-172 and the LADY DIVER’s caliber UN-816.

Inspired by the shimmering colors of this revolutionary material, the bezels of these two new models are adorned with purple, green, blue or pink gem-stones that sparkle in the sunlight for a “rainbow” effect.

ULYSSE NARDIN RAINBOW

The ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST is a revolutionary watch with a 45mm case and skeleton “X” dial with complex and geometric forms.

To soften the look, a total of 50 rubies and sapphire baguette gemstones adorn the bezel and the indexes of the RAINBOW edition of the ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST RAINBOW

The BLAST is powered by the UN-172 automatic flying tourbillon movement with Silicium technology (escapement wheel, anchor & balance spring) enclosed in a black DLC titanium case and sealed with a black ceramic polished and sand-blasted upper case. Boasting a micro-rotor in platinum placed at 12 o’clock, the UN-172 calibre offers 72 hours of power reserve.

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST RAINBOW

Limited to 50 pieces, the ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST RAINBOW watch comes with a waterproof velvet rubber strap or a black alligator strap, together with a black DLC titanium and black ceramic self-deploying buckle. It is water resistant to 50 meters. This timepiece retails at a price of 85’000 CHF.

The new LADY DIVER RAINBOW in black or white is the next generation of the 2019 LADY DIVER but with eye-catching, dazzling decorative touches. Forty stones (ruby, aquamarine, topaz, tsavorite and sapphire) are set on the concave unidirectional bezel of this new watch.

ULYSSE NARDIN LADY DIVER RAINBOW

Eleven diamonds serving as indexes increase the scintillating effect of the watch and bring a touch of elegance to this sublime diving watch. Both young and sportive, this 39mm ULYSSE NARDIN LADY DIVER RAINBOW is water resistant to 300 meters.

The UN-816 automatic movement with Silicium technology is the beating heart of each DIVER watch, keeping track of the hours, minutes, seconds, and date.

ULYSSE NARDIN LADY DIVER RAINBOW

Both white and black LADY DIVER RAINBOW models come in a limited edition of 300 timepieces each on a white or black structured rubber strap, at a price of 12’900 CHF.

Technical details

Model: ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST RAINBOW
Reference: 1723-400B1LE-2B-RAIN/3A

ULYSSE NARDIN BLAST RAINBOW watch

Movement
UN-172 Manufacture automatic skeleton movement
Flying tourbillon
Hours, minutes
Micro-rotor in platinum at 12 o’clock
Escapement wheel, anchor & balance spring in Silicium
25 Jewels
Frequency: 2.5Hz/18’000VPH
Power reserve: 72hours

Case
Black DLC titanium middle-case
Black ceramic polished & sand blasted upper-case
Case-back: Black DLC titanium open sapphire case-back
Bezel: Black DLC stainless-steel bezel set with 38 rainbow baguette gemstones (ruby and sapphire), 3,65CTS
Gemstones: Ruby (red), sapphire (orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, pink)
Case diameter: 45mm
Water resistance: 50m

Dial
Skeleton dial
Rectangle and double X in black
Black hands in Superluminova®
Black indexes set with 12 rainbow baguette gemstones, 1,58CTS

Strap
Black velvet water-proof rubber or black alligator strap
Compatible with any BLAST TOURBILLON strap
Black DLC titanium and black ceramic self-deploying buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 50 pieces

Price
85’000 CHF/ 80’800 EUR/ 89’700 USD

Model: ULYSSE NARDIN LADY DIVER RAINBOW

ULYSSE NARDIN LADY DIVER RAINBOW

References
8163-182B1LE-1A-RAIN/3A: Lady Diver Rainbow White
8163-182B1LE-2A-RAIN/3A: Lady Diver Rainbow Black

Movement
UN-816 caliber, automatic movement
Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Silicium technology: escapement wheel and anchor
19 jewels
Frequency: 4Hz/ 28’800V/H

Case
Stainless steel polished case (Lady Diver Rainbow White)
Black stainless steel case (Lady Diver Rainbow Black)
Bezel: Concave bezel with a domed sapphire glass
Stainless steel bezel set with 40 rainbow precious stones, 1.04CTS
Gemstones: Ruby (red), tsavorite (green), peridot (light green), topaz (London blue), aquamarine (light blue), amethyst (violet), sapphire (orange, yellow, blue, violet, pink)
Case-back: Wind rose engraved on the stainless steel case-back
Case diameter: 39mm
Water resistance: 300m

Dial
– Lady Diver Rainbow White: Silver dial with 11 diamonds, 0.12CTS
– Lady Diver Rainbow Black: Black dial with 11 diamonds, 0.12CTS
Date at 6o’clock
12 o’clock index nd hands with Superluminova®

Straps
Lady Diver Rainbow White: White structured rubber strap or White alligator strap, Stainless-steel tang buckle
Lady Diver Rainbow Black: Black structured rubber strap or black alligator strap with white stitches, Black ceramic tang buckle

Edition
Lady Diver Rainbow White: Limited edition of 300 pieces
Lady Diver Rainbow Black: Limited edition of 300 pieces

Price
12’900 CHF/ 12’300 EUR/ 13’600 USD

Jacob&Co. Astronomia Solar Bitcoin Limited Edition

Jacob&Co. presents the Astronomia Solar Bitcoin, a ground-breaking timepiece inspired by the advent of the first crypto currency.

Unveiled during the 2022 edition of the Geneva Watch Days, this high complication watch from the Astronomia Solar collection fuses Bitcoin-related features within its vertical and rotating manufacture movement. By inserting a Jacob-cut diamond, a Jacob-cut orange citrine and a rotating Earth, Jacob&Co. adds its own craft as a nod to the success of those who have mastered Bitcoin. Twenty-five of them will have access to the multi-rotational piece, which can be paid for in the cryptocurrency of their choosing.

Jacob&Co. Astronomia Solar Bitcoin Limited Edition

The Astronomia Solar Bitcoin watch boasts many details and features that are directly linked to the Bitcoin universe: A Bitcoin currency logo, a flying tourbillon, a yellow citrine sun, a diamond moon, a golden Earth, and a miniature rocket ship to reach for the moon. All these symbols evoke the advent of the first cryptocurrency.

Jacob&Co. will be selling the 25 pieces of this watch in cryptocurrencies. As per international regulations, the brand is obligated to determine a fixed price in official local currencies. Regardless of where the sale ultimately takes place, payment will be available in the crypto of the buyer’s choosing, Bitcoin or altcoin, at the going rate on the day of the transaction. Purchase will be handled by leading payment processing platform Bitpay, which carries Dogecoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and no less than 5 USD-pegged stablecoins.

The Astronomia Solar Bitcoin comes with a 44-mm diameter black DLC titanium case, which features wide lateral openings in the case band, allowing a 360° view on the complicated movement.

The Astronomia Solar Bitcoin also features high, full lugs. Attached from bezel to caseback, their dropping shape creates a vertical angle, from which hangs the black alligator strap. This ensures a comfortable and snug fit on the wrist. The watch has a crown-less, panoramic case and a large domed sapphire crystal. It also has a full caseback, which is actually the movement’s mainplate. It includes two folding bows, which act as crowns.

Inside the Astronomia Solar Bitcoin watch beats a modified version of the Astronomia Solar movement, developed and manufactured exclusively for Jacob&Co.

Jacob&Co. Astronomia Solar Bitcoin Limited Edition

The bottom plate of calibre JCAM19 has been decorated to become an expression platform, fulfilling the symbolic nature of this piece. It’s shaped like micro-chip and circled by keywords that describe the crypto universe: a “peer to peer” system, regulated by “Blockchain”, where “Bitcoin” is the founding and leading “decentralized digital currency”.

Those writings are crafted in positive engraving on the frame surrounding the movement and mounted on ball beatings. They spin counter-clockwise to the tune of one rotation each 11 minutes.

The rest of the movement is built vertically on top of this base. It’s crafted entirely out of titanium and some steel elements. It takes the shape of a three-pronged carousel. One of its arms carries a one minute-flying tourbillon with a wide, open-worked, black cage. A second one holds the hour and minute dial. The third arm contains a rotating, vertical Bitcoin symbol.

The entirety of this vertical structure is topped by a rotating terrestrial globe, and spins on its large, central axis to the tune of one turn every 10 minutes. As a consequence, the flying tourbillon is really a twin-axis tourbillon, with one minute and ten minute periods. Also, the dial is mounted on a differential gear that counteracts the movement’s rotation, so that it always reads upright. And in this instance, it’s shaped like a fan, a nod to the ones found in Bitcoin mining farms’ servers.

Jacob&Co. Astronomia Solar Bitcoin Limited Edition

On the Astronomia Solar movement, the functional prongs are topped with three other ones, with a decorative purpose. They provide the piece with the necessary symbolic substance that makes this an entirely cryptocurrency-oriented piece. One is a sun made of 288-facet, Jacob-cut orange citrine. The other is a moon made of a 1ct white diamond cut with the same technique.

Collectively, they uphold a natural lineage with the Jacob&Co. Astronomia Solar collection. The terrestrial globe made of gold and black lacquer stands at the top of the 19.90 mm high calibre. And as Bitcoin keeps reaching for the moon, figuratively, the movement also features a black rocket, complete with flaming reactor and Bitcoin sign.

Technical details

Model: Jacob&Co. Astronomia Solar Bitcoin

Movement
Caliber JCAM19, hand-wound
Diameter: 34.55 mm
Height: 16.90 mm
Components: 364
Material: titanium
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Jewels: 43
Vertical movement with 3 arms, full revolution in 10 minutes
Flying tourbillon
Hours and minutes dial with patented differential to keep the 12/6 o’clock position
frame carrying custom Bitcoin decor, one 288-facet Jacob-cut Diamond (1ct.) and one Jacob-cut orange citrine ( ~ 1.57 ct.).
Bitcoin logo with 60-sec. rotation
Black terrestrial globe on top of the movement
Base with positive-engraving decor rotating counter-clockwise in 11 minutes

Functions
Hours and minutes

Case
Diameter: 44 mm
Height: 21 mm
Material: Black DLC titanium, 4 lateral sapphire apertures
Case Back: Black DLC titanium, winding and time-setting via two 18K rose gold bows
Crystal: Domed sapphire with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 30 m (3 atm)

Dial
Black, computer fan-shaped
Hands: Rose gold

Strap
Black alligator with black stitching
Clasp: Black DLC titanium deployment buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 25 pieces

Retail Price
348,000 USD

HAUTLENCE Linear Series 1

HAUTLENCE presents Linear Series 1, a new timepiece that kicks offs a major new step for the luxury Swiss brand, which is now being headed by Samuel Hoffmann.

This contemporary styled wristwatch features a satin-finished and polished steel case, with a brand new self-winding movement beating inside.

HAUTLENCE Linear Series 1 watch

On the left of the dial, a graduated scale resembling those used on precision measuring instruments indicates the hours using a linkage. This large, very slim linkage recalls the one used in the first movement developed by HAUTLENCE in 2004: the calibre HL.

HAUTLENCE Linear Series 1 watch new model 2022

On the Linear Series 1 model, a small white pointer on the end of the linkage indicates the hour on the vertical scale. Once the 12 numeral is passed, the snail disengages the probe to release the accumulated energy. The linkage then jumps and returns to the 1 numeral.

In addition to the linear retrograde jumping hour, the Linear Series 1 is equipped with a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, placed behind its blue skeletonised bridge.

HAUTLENCE Linear Series 1 watch with flying tourbillon

As always at HAUTLENCE, the dial is constructed on several levels. An additional sapphire dial featuring the minute numerals sits on top of the base dial in rhodium-plated brass with a vertical satin finish. The main dial is partially open to allow parts of the movement to be seen.

One component visible through the opening is the minute cam. This is integral with the minute hand, which rotates once per hour and lifts the minute sector as the hour elapses. After 60 minutes, the minute sector falls back, driving the hour star which includes the hour cam.

HAUTLENCE Linear Series 1 watch case back

The reworked steel case adopts HAUTLENCE’s signature TV screen shape, but with a modernised aesthetic. Relief forms on the sides add volume and dynamism. The watch offers water resistance to 10 ATM and exceptional durability.

The fluted bezel features a rubber band in the same blue as the integrated rubber strap, to facilitate time setting. The Linear Series 1 model is a compact watch with balanced proportions that can be perfectly adjusted on the wrist, making it suitable for any occasion.

HAUTLENCE Linear Series 1

Limited to 28 pieces, the HAUTLENCE Linear Series 1 watch houses the D50 self-winding movement. Equipped with a module created in collaboration with Agenhor, this calibre comprises 239 components, oscillates at a frequency of 3 hertz and offers a power reserve of 72 hours. The finely chased oscillating weight recalls the brand’s famous Moebius.

Technical details

Model: HAUTLENCE Linear Series 1
Reference AD50-ST00

Movement
Calibre D50 self-winding mechanical movement
Linear retrograde jumping hour and 1 minute flying tourbillon
Power reserve: minimum of 72 hours
Regulating organ: 21,600 vibrations / hour
Number of components: 239
Number of jewels: 39

Case
Case middle and horns: satin-finished and polished steel
Bezel: satin-finished and polished steel
Crown: polished steel with engraved HAUTLENCE logo
Glass: extra-hard bevelled sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Back: sapphire crystal engraved with “HAUTLENCE”, “10 ATM WATER RESISTANT”, “Horlogerie Suisse”
Case dimensions (excluding dome): 43.0 × 50.8 × 11.9 mm
Thickness: 10.9 mm excluding sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM

Dial
Base dial: Skeletonised rhodium-plated brass with vertical satin finish. Engraved minute track.
Intermediate dial: Sapphire with printed minute track in blue and white.

Strap
Blue rubber strap with steel clasp

Edition
Limited edition of 28 pieces

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack® Red Gold

H. Moser & Cie. presents a Vantablack® red gold Streamliner equipped with the manufacture’s automatic calibre with flying tourbillon.

For the new Vantablack® version of its Streamliner Flying Tourbillon model, H. Moser & Cie. has chosen a 40mm diameter red-gold cushion-shaped case integrated bracelet with articulating links.

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack®

The deep black of the Vantablack® dial is highlighted by the 5N red gold, with its vertical brushed finish alternating with polished lines. The contrast between the two materials is further accentuated by the red gold indices which punctuate the dial.

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack®

The darkest substance in existence, the superblack Vantablack® coating is used in astrophysics for telescopes and by the military as thermal camouflage, to increase the stealth level of certain equipment, or in civil contexts for solar panels. When a photon hits Vantablack®, it absorbs 99.965% of the light, making it the blackest material. Highly sophisticated, this extreme black dial is entirely protected with the sapphire crystal glass.

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack®

The one-minute flying tourbillon is positioned at six o’clock. The automatic HMC 804 calibre is equipped with a double hairspring designed and produced in-house by H. Moser & Cie.’s sister company Precision Engineering AG.

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack®

Thanks to this pair of matched hairsprings, the movement of the point of gravity on each spring when it expands is corrected and the effect of friction reduced, significantly improving accuracy and isochronism. Endowed with a three day power reserve, the movement is visible through the sapphire crystal case back.

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack®

The H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack® has a water resistance of 120 meters.

Technical details

Model: H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Tourbillon Vantablack®
Reference 6804-0400, red gold model, Vantablack® dial, integrated bracelet in red gold

Case
5N red gold topped by a slightly domed sapphire crystal
Diameter: 40.0 mm
Height without sapphire crystal: 10.3 mm
Height with sapphire crystal: 12.1 mm
Screw-in crown adorned with an engraved “M”
See-through sapphire crystal case-back
Water-resistant to 12 ATM

Dial
Vantablack®
Hour and minute hands with Globolight® inserts
Indices secured from the back of the dial using a plate

Movement
HMC 804 automatic Manufacture calibre
Diameter: 32.0 mm or 14 1/4 lignes
Height: 5.5 mm
Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour
Automatic bi-directional pawl winding system
Oscillating weight in 18-carat red gold with engraved H. Moser & Cie. logo
Power reserve: minimum of 3 days
Original double hairspring
One-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock with skeletonised bridges

Functions
Hours and minutes

Bracelet
Integrated bracelet in 5N red gold
Folding clasp with three blades in 5N red gold, engraved with the Moser logo
Half-links available

Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon New Red Gold & Platinum Models

Arnold & Son has released two new iterations of its ultrathin tourbillon watches. These new watches feature a new type of dial with tinted gold and aluminium sparkles to match their precious cases, which have also been redesigned.

In 5N red gold or 950 platinum, the cases are just 8.3 mm thick beneath their domed sapphire crystals. The offset display and the tourbillon aperture echo the way in which information was arranged on John Arnold’s marine chronometers.

Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Red gold

To give the Ultrathin Tourbillon a new unique and refined design, Arnold & Son has focused on materials and techniques that highlight the precious appearance of this finely honed tourbillon.

Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Platinum

The 41.5 mm cases in 5N red gold or 950 platinum have been redesigned, making them even slimmer and more refined. The bezels have been reduced to a fine metal band, the sapphire crystals are domed, and the transparent case backs have been screwed down.

Arnold & Son has used a new manufacturing technique known as ‘Cosmic Grené’ on the dials. This name makes direct reference to stargazing, as stars are essential guides for navigating at sea along with marine chronometers.

Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Red gold

Gold powder mixed with aluminium sparkles has been placed on the dial plate to create a lightly sandblasted surface. This is then coloured: blue for the Ultrathin Tourbillon in red gold, and green for the platinum version. Due to the complex manufacturing methods involved, these dials are subtle and finely textured, with a discreet lustre.

Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Platinum

The Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon watch houses the A&S8300 calibre, whose architecture and finesse characterise this collection. At just 2.97 mm thick, it is one of the slimmest tourbillon movements ever designed.

The tourbillon carriage has also been redesigned and undergone significant changes in relation to its predecessors. It features a variable-inertia balance with inertia blocks to ensure more stable calibration over time.

Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Red gold

The redesigned tourbillon carriage echoes the leading role John Arnold played in marine exploration during the 18th century. Its triangular shape evokes a sextant, while its double-arrow counterpoise represents an anchor. The point in the middle serves as a seconds marker, as the carriage completes a full rotation in one minute.

Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon Platinum

The back of the Ultrathin Tourbillon reveals a new rear tourbillon bridge in 3N yellow gold that matches the gear train and stands out from the appearance of the rest of the calibre.

Modifications to the tourbillon carriage and regulating organ have increased the power reserve of the A&S8300 calibre, which now lasts at least 100 hours.

Technical details

Models: Arnold & Son Ultrathin Tourbillon

References
Red gold: 1UTBR.U01A.C209A
Platinum: 1UTBR.XF01A.C208A

Functions
Hours, minutes

Movement
Calibre A&S8300, 1 minute flying tourbillon, manual winding
Jewels: 29
Diameter: 32.00 mm
Thickness: 2.97 mm
Power reserve: 100 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21,600 vph

Finishes
Main plate: Côtes de Genève stripes radiating from the centre
Bridges: polished and chamfered by hand
Wheels: circular satin-finished
Screws: blued and chamfered, mirror-polished heads
Tourbillon carriage: ‘Arnold & Son’ signature
Rear tourbillon bridge: 18-carat (3N) yellow gold, sunray motif

Dial
‘Cosmic grené’: gold powder mixed with coloured aluminium sparkles
Flange: coloured and circular satin-finished

Hour dial
Base: white mother-of-pearl, domed
Ring: rhodium-plated or with 4N gold plating

Case
18-carat (5N) red gold or Pt950 platinum
Diameter: 41.50 mm
Thickness: 8.30 mm (with crystal)
Crystal: Domed sapphire, with an anti-reflective coating on both sides
Case back: Sapphire crystal, with an anti-reflective coating
Water-resistance: 30 metres / 100 feet

Strap
Blue alligator leather hand-stitched with 18-carat (5N) red-gold thread or green alligator leather, hand-stitched with pt950 platinum thread
Folding clasp with top cover in 18-carat (5N) red gold or Pt950 platinum

Edition
Limited editions of 28 timepieces released of each model

Swiss retail prices
Red gold: CHF 73,300 including taxes (subject to change)
Platinum: CHF 85,100 including taxes (subject to change)

Hermès ARCEAU Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes So Black Limited Edition

Issued in a numbered 24-piece limited series, the Arceau Lift tourbillon répétition minutes so black watch by Hermès features a black grand feu enamel dial revealing part of its captivating mechanism.

Hermès ARCEAU Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes So Black Limited Edition
© Joel Von Allmen

It combines two magnificent horological complications. The complex mechanism of the double-gong minute repeater can be admired through the horse-shaped dial cut-out. The flying tourbillon is revealed through a round aperture at 6 o’clock.

The double-H tourbillon structure of the ARCEAU Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes So Black watch is inspired by an emblematic motif of the Hermès boutique in the Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. This distinctive design surmounting the carriage and barrel bridge echoes the shape of the wrought iron adorning the entrance, railings, staircase and elevator of the Parisian establishment.

Hermès ARCEAU Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes So Black Limited Edition
© Joel Von Allmen

Swept over by slender, hollowed-out hands, the dial is punctuated by sloping numerals evoking a galloping horse, the signature of the Arceau line.

Hermès ARCEAU Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes So Black Limited Edition
© Joel Von Allmen

The dial cut-outs and the sapphire case-back reveal the Manufacture Hermès H1924 mechanical hand-wound movement ensuring a crystal-clear chime for the minute repeater. The titanium case measuring 43 mm in diameter is fitted on a matt black alligator strap.

Technical details

Model: Hermès ARCEAU Lift Tourbillon Répétition Minutes So Black

Edition
Numbered 24-piece limited edition

Movement
Manufacture Hermès H1924 movement
Mechanical hand-wound, Swiss made
Diameter: 30 mm (13 ¼ ‘’’)
Thickness: 8.89 mm
Power reserve: 80 hours
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3Hz)
Functions: minute repeater chiming on two gongs, hours, minutes
Distinctive feature: flying tourbillon

Case
Shape/size: round, 43 mm in diameter
Material: titanium
Glass: anti-glare sapphire crystal and case-back
Water resistance: 3 bar

Dial
Grand feu black enamel

Strap
Black alligator

ArtyA Gold Purity Tourbillon

This ArtyA Complication watch comes with a fully 18k gold case with the exclusive Double Barrel Manufacture Flying Tourbillon movement. This magnificent mechanism was created in collaboration with Franck Orny.

As an expression of ArtyA’s horological grammar, the Purity Tourbillon displays a technical inventiveness that combines a maverick style with visual clarity. A beautifully balanced architectural ensemble, the manually wound caliber features an over-sized flying tourbillon with a diameter of 17 mm which is at least 50% larger than most existing tourbillons.

Since the ArtyA Purity tourbillon beats at a rate of 4 HZ, extraordinary accuracy and greater stability are achieved through a much higher frequency than many other high-end Swiss tourbillons (usually 2 or 3HZ).

ArtyA Gold Purity Tourbillon watch

The two barrels connected in parallel provide a power-reserve of 70 hours. The movement operates the central hour and minute hands while the indication of the seconds is elegantly displayed on the flying tourbillon that rotates 360 degrees in 60 seconds.

Mounting the barrels in parallel reduces the thickness of the spring for more stable torque. But also improves the delta of the barrel spring curve, with an ideal ratio between power reserve, performance and regularity.

ArtyA has chosen to manufacture this timepiece with a free-sprung balance with variable inertia. This type of balance wheel represents the ultimate in innovation. It guarantees greater reliability when subjected to shocks and during movement assembly or disassembly, hence better chronometric results over time.

Each part of the movement is delicately beveled and polished by hand for an extreme skeletonizing.

The skeletonized bridges were subjected to intensive and complete validation tests to optimize their resistance capacities.

Technical details

Model: ArtyA Gold Purity Tourbillon

Movement
ArtyA Exclusive Double Barrel Tourbillon movement
Skeletonized design
Very high chronometric reliability due to the torque of the double barrels 4 H
The Tourbillon is 50% bigger than most of the other brands, with a diameter of 17 mm
Power reserve: 70h

Functions
Hour, Minutes, Seconds on flying tourbillon

Case
18k gold
Size: 44 mm
Case back: open and screwed
18k gold crown
Water resistance to 30 meters

Edition
Limited Edition to 9 pieces

Price
120’000 CHF

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table Monotourbillon

The Excalibur Knights of the Round Table is an iconic watch collection from the Geneva based Hyper Horology atelier Roger Dubuis. Inspired by the medieval legend, this series combines combine artistic mastery, horological craftsmanship and contemporary design. It now welcomes a new edition endowed with the emblematic Monotourbillon mechanism.

The very recognizable face of the Excalibur Knights of the Round Table watch is made of twelve micro-sculptures – the Knights – placed around a dial – the Table. The Knights are handcrafted in Pink Gold 750/1000 and represent the 12 characters involved in the quest. Each knight is just 6mm tall, created with his own personality and equipped with armour.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table Monotourbillon

The table is made of gems or precious materials or materials requiring specific techniques, and symbolizes the unity and equality of the Knights. The watch houses an exceptional automatic calibre, manufactured in the Roger Dubuis workshops and certified by the Poinçon de Genève, one of the most demanding certifications in Haute Horlogerie.

In this new watch, the Knights of the Round Table levels up by offering a central monotourbillon calibre. The monotourbillon emerges from the center table. It is a new calibre specifically developed for this timepiece and certified by the Poinçon de Genève.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table Monotourbillon

The centre table is made of crystal sapphire with color blocks in purple hues. The hands are also made of rotating crystal sapphire discs. The two gold markers indicate the position of the minute and hour with perfectly centred rotating discs. The translucent purple blocks are carved from Murano glass. They appear to levitate around the Monotourbillon. The double surfaced flange is carved from a single block of Murano glass too.

In keeping with the design, and to respect the position of the knight at 3 o’clock, the setting system is decentred to a position at 2 o’clock. Push down on this function and a small red flag indicates that the timepiece has moved from winding to setting mode.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table Monotourbillon

The Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table Monotourbillon features a 45mm diameter Pink Gold 750/1000 case sealed by a notched bezel. The timepiece comes with an embossed black calf-leather strap.

Technical details

Model: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Knights of the Round Table Monotourbillon
RDDBEX1025 – KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE MT/X

Movement
Caliber RD115
Manual-winding mechanical movement with flying Monotourbillon
Central flying monotourbillon with variable inertia balance wheel, including 72 hours of power reserve
Finishing: Shot-blasted, trued-up and circular grained plate and bridges with NAC coating
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21’600 Vibrations per Hour
Power reserve: 72 Hours
Diameter lines: 16
Thickness: 12.2 Millimeters
Number of pieces: 277
Number of rubies: 29

Functions
Hour, minute
Flying Monotourbillon

Case
Pink gold case with sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Pink gold open case back with sapphire crystal and metallization
Pink gold bezel with sapphire crystal ring
Pink gold crown with Murano glass ring
Diameter: 45 Millimeters
Water resistance: 3 BAR (30m)

Dial
Sapphire crystal centre table with color blocks made of Murano glass
12 micro-sculpted knights in pink gold, representing the 12 knights involved in the Quest
Double surface flange in Murano glass with polished pink gold hour markers
Rotating sapphire crystal discs with golden blocks as hour and minute hands

Strap
3D calf leather strap, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Buckle
Pink gold cover 750/1000 with titanium blades, triple folding, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Edition
Limited edition of 8 pieces
Boutique Exclusive

Certification
Poinçon de Genève

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

In 2021, Roger Dubuis introduced the new evolution of the Excalibur Double Tourbillon watch. Now, the Geneva based high horology Maison unveils its latest variation in radiant black ceramic.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition
This new ceramic watch is driven by the Roger Dubuis RD108 mechanical calibre. Boasting two signature tourbillons, this enhanced horological engine represents a feat of enhanced precision and technical prowess. Both tourbillons are rebuilt with lighter materials and an enhanced differential to maximise the transmission of energy.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

Its tourbillon lower carriage is made in titanium for improving energy efficiency and upper tourbillon carriage in cobalt chrome for better finishing: mirror polish. Both titanium and cobalt chrome are anti-magnetic. Manually wind, the RD108 calibre offers an impressive power reserve of 72 hours.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition
This extremely complex mechanical skeleton movement’s sense of transparency and 3D depth is heighted by the Roger Dubuis star levitating freely above the barrel. Clean cut lines on both the 45mm case and movement create its strong visual identity and give the impression of a thinner look and feel.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

This dynamic aesthetic is amplified by its decorations, hand-finished with precision and rewarded with the Poinçon de Geneve; one of the most demanding signatures in fine watchmaking.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

Hyper durable and expressive, the latest variation of the Excalibur Double Tourbillon debuts with a radiant black ceramic case, striking in its intensely high scratch-resistance.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

Limited to just 28 pieces, this timepiece comes with a black calf-leather strap with versatile Quick Release System.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic Limited Edition

Technical details

Model: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Double Tourbillon Black Ceramic
RDDBEX0820 – EXCALIBUR – EXCALIBUR DT

Movement
Caliber RD108

Manual-winding Skeleton double flying tourbillon movement: manufactured in the Roger Dubuis workshop in Geneva. Re-engineered and improved performances with a power reserve of 72 hour, better resistance to magnetism thanks to tourbillon carriages made in titanium and cobalt-chrome. Two tourbillons linked with a differential directly connected to the second wheel of the gear train for a better transmission of the energy. Poinçon de Genève certified, one of the most demanding certifications in the world of Haute Horlogerie
Finishing: Shot-blasted, trued-up or circular-grained main plate and bridge with NAC coating
Functions: Hours, minutes
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21’600 Vibrations per Hour
Power reserve: 72 Hours
Diameter lines: 16 3/4
Thickness: 7.35 Millimeters
Number of pieces: 319
Number of rubies: 32

Case
Black ceramic case
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Black titanium DLC open case back with sapphire crystal
Diameter: 45 Millimeters
Water resistance: 5 BAR (50m)

Dial
Grey double surface flange with engraved minute track and transferred texts, polished and Rhodium plated hour markers with SLN in the center

Hands
Grey double surface flange with engraved minute track and transferred texts, polished and Rhodium plated hour markers with SLN in the center

Strap
3D calf leather strap, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Buckle
Black DLC titanium cover, titanium blades, triple-folding, interchangeable with Quick Release System – QRS

Edition
Limited edition of 28 pieces

Certification
Geneva seal

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon in Lucent Steel A223

Chopard Alpine Eagle is a line of contemporary sporty-chic watches featuring a pure design and sophisticated mechanics.

Now the collection welcomes its first complication watch to bear the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark thanks to an innovative flying tourbillon movement. Boasting an attractive Aletsch Blue dial, this timepiece in Lucent Steel A223 houses the ultra-thin L.U.C 96.24-L self-winding calibre developed by Chopard Manufacture.

The Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon one of the very few flying tourbillon watches to bear double Chronometer and Poinçon de Genève certification.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon in Lucent Steel A223

Dressed in a case measuring 41 mm in diameter and an integrated bracelet, it is made entirely in the Maison’s workshops from Lucent Steel A223, an exclusive, ultra-resistant and remarkably brilliant alloy. A 6 o’clock opening on its textured Aletsch Blue dial reveals a transparent and light tourbillon mechanism that endows the entire creation with its elegantly sophisticated character.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon in Lucent Steel A223

Inspired by a historical Chopard model reinterpreted by three generations of men from the Scheufele family, the Alpine Eagle collection has been constantly enriched since its launch by new innovations. The latest is a flying tourbillon movement developed thanks to the watchmaking expertise of Chopard Manufacture, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021.

The L.U.C 96.24-L flying tourbillon movement is based on the development of Chopard Manufacture’s first calibre (L.U.C 96.01-L presented in 1997) and is similarly slim, at only 3.30 mm.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon in Lucent Steel A223

This ultra-thin movement made it possible to optimise the size of the Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon watch: the case has been reduced to just 8 mm thick, and the flanks and bezel have been trimmed down compared to a classic Alpine Eagle Large model, offering a wider dial aperture. These well-balanced proportions, a signature feature of the collection, endow the timepiece with an elegant and graceful appearance entirely suited to the lightness of the complication.

The L.U.C 96.24-L movement is equipped with a stop-seconds function enabling precise time setting. This precision is certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, evidenced by the “Chronometer” inscription on the dial below the logo.

Among the flying tourbillon watches on the market, those by Chopard are the only ones to receive both Chronometer certification and the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark.

Chopard L.U.C 96.24-L flying tourbillon movement

The latter guarantees the fine craftsmanship and smooth operation of the timepieces assembled within the Canton. Stamped on the case-back of the watch, it depicts the city of Geneva’s coat-of-arms composed of a golden key and above all of an eagle: a symbol reminiscent of the original inspiration behind the Alpine Eagle collection.

Thanks to its two stacked barrels based on Chopard Twin technology, the movement guarantees a 65-hour power reserve, and its automatic winding is driven by a 22-carat gold micro-rotor whose density contributes to the slenderness of the movement. Finely crafted by the artisans of the Maison, each of its components is adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif recalling the attention to detail cultivated by Chopard Manufacture.

With its pure and assertive design, the Alpine Eagle collection reflects Chopard’s creative richness and visionary spirit as well as drawing inspiration from the power of Nature.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon in Lucent Steel A223

The Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon model is faithful to this aesthetic: a round case with stylised sides, a crown engraved with the compass rose, a bezel with eight functional screws set at a tangent, a stamped dial featuring deep colours, luminescent indications, and finally a metal bracelet that is particularly comfortable on the wrist.

The Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon is made from Lucent Steel A223, an innovative steel alloy developed by Chopard for its anti-allergenic properties, its robustness and its incomparable brilliance obtained through a meticulous re-smelting process.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon in Lucent Steel A223

Its Aletsch Blue dial is finely textured on a solid gold base according to a pattern inspired by the eagle’s iris. Centred on the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, this radiant design highlights the mechanism by emphasising its perfect transparency.

The collection’s aesthetic codes are also picked up on the arms of the tourbillon carriage, specially redesigned in the same shape as the gold hands on the dial, while the tourbillon carriage bears the small seconds hand, which has been meticulously coated with SLN X1 by the artisans of the Manufacture.

Technical details

Model: Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon in Lucent Steel A223
Ref. 298616-3001

Case
Material: Lucent Steel A223
Total diameter: 41.00 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Lucent Steel A223 crown with compass rose 665 mm
Vertical satin-brushed case middle with polished bevels
Lucent Steel A223 bezel with eight screws set at a tangent
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back with glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100 metres

Movement
Mechanical with automatic winding L.U.C 96.24-L via an engraved 22-carat gold micro-rotor
Number of components: 189
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Two stacked barrels – Chopard Twin technology
Flying tourbillon rotating at a rate of one minute
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Variable-inertia balance
Chronometer-certified (COSC)
Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark

Dial and hands
Dial featuring an Aletsch Blue colour obtained by galvanic treatment, crafted in gold stamped with a radiating pattern centred on the tourbillon
Applied white gold hour-markers and numerals enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®
White gold baton-type hours and minutes hands enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®
White gold triangle-tipped small seconds hand enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®, attached to the flying tourbillon cage
White transfers

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on the flying tourbillon carriage
Stop-seconds function

Bracelet and clasp
Lucent Steel A223 tapering bracelet with satin-brushed wide link and sides, polished central cap
Lucent Steel A223 triple folding clasp

Chopard IMPERIALE Flying Tourbillon

Chopard has added a new flying tourbillon watch to its IMPERIALE collection.

Issued in an eight-piece limited edition, IMPERIALE Flying Tourbillon watch features a diamond-set case in ethical 18-carat white gold, and a sparkling aventurine dial ‘embroidered’ with a mother-of-pearl marquetry lotus blossom.

Introduced in 1994, the Chopard IMPERIALE collection welcomes its first-ever flying tourbillon movement, L.U.C Calibre 96.24-C. Entirely designed and crafted by Chopard, this exclusive mechanism is one of the only ones on the market bearing both Chronometer-certification and the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark.

Chopard IMPERIALE Flying Tourbillon

Entirely crafted in the Manufacture’s workshops, Chopard’s flying tourbillon was launched in 2019 in the men’s L.U.C FlyingT Twin watch. Since then, this tourbillon mechanism has also been available in ladies’ limited series.

It now benefits from all the technical innovations developed over the last 25 years by Chopard Manufacture. Its remarkable slenderness–at barely 3.30mm thick for 194 components– ranks it among the thinnest in contemporary Haute Horlogerie.

L.U.C Calibre 96.24-C is equipped with a stop-seconds function. This technical feature, which is extremely rare in a tourbillon, enables even more accurate time-setting, and the IMPERIALE Flying Tourbillon is indeed chronometer-certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

This exceptional watch has earned the Poinçon de Genève, the prestigious hallmark that has been awarded since 1886 in recognition of the highest level of production quality for each component. Finally, Chopard Twin technology ensures that the IMPERIALE Flying Tourbillon has a 65-hour power reserve.

A tribute to the great historical empires, the style codes of the IMPERIALE collection are reflected in the dagger-shaped hands and the case lugs reminiscent of ancient columns. On the back of the model, a sapphire crystal reveals the Côtes de Genève motif as well as the diamond-paved platinum micro-rotor.

Chopard IMPERIALE Flying Tourbillon

The case and lugs in ethical 18-carat white gold are adorned with sparkling diamonds. Their brilliance lights up the glittering midnight-blue sky of the aventurine glass dial on which a lotus flower in mother-of-pearl marquetry has blossomed.

Its wonderfully curved petals open on to a second flower, this time paved with diamonds. In place of the pistil, the flying tourbillon adorned with four petals also acquires a plant-like allure, thus instilling new poetry into the rotations of its infinitely small mechanism.

Technical details

Model: Chopard IMPERIALE Flying Tourbillon
Ref. 385389-1001

Edition
Eight-piece limited edition in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds
Available exclusively from Chopard boutiques

Case
Ethical 18-carat white gold
Total diameter: 36.00 mm
Thickness: 9.12 mm
Water resistance 50 metres
Crown shaped like a lotus flower in ethical 18-carat white gold set with a diamond 5 mm
Case middle, bezel and lug cover in ethical 18-carat gold set with diamonds
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back with glare-proofed sapphire crystal

Movement
Mechanical self-winding movement L.U.C 96.24-C
Winding via a diamond-set platinum micro-rotor
Number of components 194
Total diameter 27.40 mm
Thickness 3.30 mm
Number of jewels 25
Frequency 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve 65 hours
Two stacked barrels – Chopard Twin technology
Flying tourbillon making one rotation per minute
Bridges adorned with the Côtes de Genève motif
Variable-inertia balance
Chronometer-certified by the COSC
Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark

Dial and hands
Blue aventurine dial with IMPERIALE flower-shaped tourbillon set with diamonds and mother-of-pearl
Rhodium-plated sword-shaped hours and minutes hands IMPERIALE Flying Tourbillon – Rhodium-plated IMPERIALE flower with blue small seconds index

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds display at 6 o’clock on the flying tourbillon carriage
Stop-seconds function

Strap and buckle
Strap in shiny blue alligator leather
Pin buckle in ethical 18-carat white gold set with diamonds

Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon

Angelus presents Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon, a limited edition timepiece that fuses it technicality with precious materials and finishes.

Limited to 18 pieces, this sporty flying tourbillon watch features a 42.5 mm diameter case in carbon composite and red gold. The A-250 calibre gives it a three-dimensional skeletonised look with its array of bridges in relief.

Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon

For this model, Angelus has introduced a new case design with sleek and dynamic lines to harmonize with the extreme technicality of this supremely graphic timepiece.

The red gold crown with wide notches has a rubber insert for improved grip and is protected by an asymmetrical guard projecting from the lugs. The crenellated bezel presents Angelus’ signature slight angular grooves.

Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon

The A-250 skeletonised flying tourbillon calibre is surrounded by an ultra-rigid and ultralight carbon composite container. It is held within an open-worked 18K 5N red gold case middle.

The bridges of the Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon form its face. In the absence of a dial, these components play an expressive role in any skeleton movement. And since the main plate of the A-250 calibre is made from woven carbon composite, it is black, accentuating the contrasting 18K red gold bridges. Their volume is also emphasised by their placement above the carbon, arranged in pivotal positions on a higher level.

Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon

The bridges are hollowed out, as are the arms of the wheels. The aim of this skeletonisation is to reduce the physical weight of the piece and to lighten the aesthetic impression. After being pared down, these miniature sculptures are chamfered by hand along all their edges. Their flat surface, measuring less than half a millimetre across, then undergoes careful horizontal satin-brushing to give a matte finish. To put the final flourish on these bridges, Angelus has attached them to the main plate using Angelus screws with a proprietary head.

The flange, which marks the transition between bezel and watch interior, is finished with a matte black PVD treatment. It is then graduated with sets of five increments, separated by three-dimensional white gold hour-markers filled with a luminescent substance. Since this flange is placed level with the bezel, it creates a sunken effect that accentuates the feeling of depth in the A-250 calibre.

Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon

The tourbillon is situated at 6 o’clock, next to a bridge that does not hold it in place and instead supports the first wheel in the gear train. The tourbillon is only fixed in place from below, making it a flying tourbillon. It is attached directly to the carbon main plate, which is pierced in this spot to give a transparent effect, accentuating the sense of levitation and highlighting the tourbillon’s rotation.

Meanwhile, the balance oscillating within it also has a pared-down construction. Instead of being a ring like most balances, it is a cut, non-circular flywheel. Lighter and more efficient in terms of drag, it further enhances the innate timekeeping performance of an Angelus tourbillon.

The workings are housed within a vast sapphire crystal glass box. This transparent component is angled – almost vertically where it touches the bezel – to provide a large, flat surface for the Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon’s spectacular display.

The Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon watch comes with a black ballistic-style rubber strap, featuring an interchangeable system and a red gold and titanium folding clasp.

Technical details

Model: Angelus Gold & Carbon Flying Tourbillon
Reference: 0TCDB.B01A.K009B

Functions
Hours and minutes

Movement
Calibre A-250, skeletonised, hand-wound mechanical, one-minute flying tourbillon
Jewels: 18
Diameter: 32.60 mm
Thickness: 5.78 mm
Power reserve: 90 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz / 21,600 vph

Finishes
Main plate: carbon fibre
Bridges: 18K red gold (5N), satin-finished
Wheels: circular-grained
Screws: Angelus design
Tourbillon carriage: chamfered and hand-polished

Dial
Flange: Black PVD treatment
18K white gold hour-markers with Super-LumiNova
Hands rhodium-plated, with Super-LumiNova

Case
Material: 18K red gold (5N) and carbon composite
Diameter: 42.50 mm
Thickness: 11.70 mm
Crystal: Sapphire box, anti-reflective coating on both sides
Back: Sapphire, anti-reflecting coating
Water resistance: 30 metres/3 ATM

Strap
With interchangeable system
Material: black “ballistic” rubber
Buckle: Folding clasp, 18K red gold (5N) and titanium

Edition
Limited edition of 18 pieces

Retail price (in Switzerland)
CHF 68,900 tax included

 

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon Platinum Limited Edition

Parmigiani Fleurier has launched a limited edition Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon watch in platinum.

Boasting a highly sophisticated horological complication, this prestigious timepiece provides an undeniably authentic expression of the brand’s identity in its all-platinum interpretation with a sandblasted full platinum 950 case and dial. It houses the calibre PF517, an in-house developed flying tourbillon movement with automatic winding via a platinum micro-rotor.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon Platinum Limited Edition

The circular dial opening of this monochrome themed watch reveals the rotating flying tourbillon carriage. The front face of the timepiece displays essentials only, with no trace of anything superfluous.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon Platinum Limited Edition

This 42 mm diameter case in platinum is fitted with a screwed-in crown guaranteeing water-resistance to 100 metres. Its sapphire crystal caseback offers the breathtaking view of its mechanical self-winding calibre.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon Platinum Limited Edition

Designed, produced and assembled by the artisans of the Parmigiani Fleurier watchmaking division, this 32 mm diameter PF517 movement is accurate, durable and finished to the highest Haute Horlogerie standards (bevelling, circular graining and Côtes de Genève).

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon Platinum Limited Edition

Elegant and sleek at just 8.6 mm thick, the Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon reflects the spirit of the Maison’s 25th anniversary as a full platinum limited edition following suit to the Tonda PF Split-Seconds Chronograph launched in September 2021.

Immediately identifiable finely knurled and polished platinum bezel, the new Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon watch is secured to the wrist by a minimalist platinum bracelet.

This exclusive creation is a 25-piece limited edition.

Technical details

Model: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon
Ref: PFH921-2020001-200182

Functions
Hours, minutes, tourbillon

Movement
Calibre PF517
Automatic Winding Manufacture Movement with Flying Tourbillon and Platinum 950 Micro-Rotor
Power reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 21,600 Vph (3 Hz)
Jewels: 29
No. of components: 207
Diameter: 32 mm
Thickness: 3.4 mm
Decoration: Circular Côtes de Genève, Perlage, beveled edges
Oscillating weight: platinum 950 micro-rotor, Grain d’Orge guilloché

Case
Polished and satin-finished platinum 950 with knurled bezel
Diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 8.6 mm
Crown: Ø 4.3 mm, screwed-in
Glass: ARunic anti-reflective sapphire
Case back: sapphire glass
Engraving on case back: serial number – “PARMIGIANI FLEURIER”
Water resistance: 100 m

Dial
Material: platinum 950
Finishing: sand-blasted
Indices: hand-applied 18ct gold rhodium-plated appliques

Hands
18ct gold rhodium-plated skeletonized delta-shaped

Bracelet
Polished and satin-finished platinum 950 bracelet
Closure: 18ct white gold folding clasp

Recommended retail price
140,000 CHF

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

Audemars Piguet has launched its very first Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked in a 41 mm diameter to celebrate the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

This stainless steel timepiece is powered by the Manufacture’s first ever self-winding flying tourbillon open-worked mechanism, Calibre 2972, premiered on this elegant monochromatic timepiece. This latest in-house movement builds on Audemars Piguet’s long expertise in both open-working and tourbillon mechanisms.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

The newly released Calibre 2972, which combines a central rotor with a flying tourbillon, evolves from Calibre 2950, launched in 2019 as part of the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet collection. The new calibre has been conceived to offer symmetry and a rich play of light. Its highly stylised and multilayered openworked architecture bestows the watch with a unique 3D effect, as the shape of the bridges has been finished horizontally and vertically.

Calibre 2972 builds on the age-old open-working techniques that have been reshaping what is possible with wristwatch design since the 1930s. The beauty and finesse of the mechanism is revealed by removing as much material from the mainplate and bridges as possible to let light pass through, without impairing its functions.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

Leveraging advanced manufacturing technologies, the preliminary geometries of the mainplate and bridges have been cut through computer numerical control (CNC) machining, before being perfected by electric discharge machining (EDM). This manufacturing process enables to remove small amounts of material with extreme precision to reach the desired shape.

Each component has then been finished with refined Haute Horlogerie decorations including “traits tirés,” satin, circular and sunray brushing, snailing, as well as polished chamfers. The polished V-angles that can be admired on both sides of the watch reflect the meticulous handiwork that went into their realisation as this level of craftsmanship can only be achieved by hand.
The rhodium-toned hues of the different components sit in harmony with the watch’s stainless steel case and bracelet, providing the watch with a contemporary monochromatic aesthetic.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

The flying tourbillon, located at 6 o’clock, compensates for the effect of gravity and enhances accuracy. The balance wheel is housed in a tiny revolving cage which makes a revolution per minute to prevent the hairspring from remaining static. Only supported on the mainplate, the flying tourbillon is considered today as a symbol of watchmaking art as only a few watchmakers retain the necessary skills for its realisation.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

The new timepiece is fitted with the Royal Oak “50-years” oscillating weight, which will be seen on the Royal Oak anniversary models throughout 2022. The watch’s sapphire caseback showcases the dedicated rotor, crafted in rhodium-toned 22-carat pink gold, which seamlessly blends with the open-worked movement’s grey hues and recalls the stainless steel case.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

The stainless steel bracelet and case of the Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked are endowed with the new design evolution which makes its debut this year on Royal Oak models in 34, 37, 38 and 41 mm.

The case and bracelet encompass larger polished chamfers for a slenderer aesthetic offering stronger plays of light between the satin-brushed and polished surfaces adorning the different components.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked 41mm

In addition, the first four links of the integrated bracelet show a more pronounced decrease in thickness for more visual appeal. The bracelet links are also thinner and therefore lighter for added comfort. The sapphire caseback has been slightly more integrated into the case to better fit the wrist.

The white gold hour-markers and hands, both filled with luminescent coating for optimum visibility in the dark also present slightly revised proportions in harmony with the other Royal Oak models across the collection.

The Legacy of Audemars Piguet Tourbillon Watches

In 1986, Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s first self-winding tourbillon wristwatch. Calibre 2870 was housed in an ultra-thin case measuring a mere 5.3 mm in thickness, fitted with a winding system on the caseback side.

Its tourbillon cage is still one of the smallest in the world today with a 7.2 mm diameter, as well as one of the lightest at just 0.123 g. This pioneering wristwatch forged a new path for the Haute Horlogerie industry, which renewed ties with this prestigious mechanism. Several generation of tourbillon succeeded Calibre 2870, displaying ever-greater robustness and reliability.

The tourbillon entered the Royal Oak collection in 1997 for the watch’s 25th anniversary. At the time, Model 25831 was equipped with Audemars Piguet’s second generation tourbillon movement, Calibre 2875, and endowed with a stylised octagonal aperture opening onto the tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock. An open-worked Royal Oak model (25902) fitted with Calibre 2875SQ was unveiled in 1999 – the very first Royal Oak tourbillon open-worked ever crafted.

In 2003, the tourbillon was combined with the chronograph for the first time in the Royal Oak collection, with Model 25977 equipped with Calibre 2889. This stainless steel watch paved the way for a new wave of timepieces featuring the two complications, including the Royal Oak Tradition d’Excellence n°4 (Model 25969) released the following year.

In 2012, for the Royal Oak’s 40th anniversary, Audemars Piguet launched a new 41 mm Royal Oak Extra-Thin Tourbillon (Model 26510), powered by Calibre 2924 and available in stainless steel or 18-carat pink gold. An open-worked version was also released for the occasion in a 40-piece platinum limited edition (Model 26511, Calibre 2924SQ).

This timepiece was complemented in 2016 by a version in yellow gold (26513BA), followed by two limited editions in stainless steel(26518ST) and pink gold (26518OR) in 2017.

The Manufacture’s first Royal Oak Tourbillon Chronograph Open-worked model (26347) saw the light of day in 2016 in a 44 mm platinum timepiece housing Calibre 2936. This complicated mechanism was then offered in titanium and pink gold in 2017.

For its part, the flying tourbillon made its debut on the Royal Oak Concept in 2018, before appearing in the Royal Oak collection in 2020 with a 41 mm timepiece (Model 26530) powered by the Manufacture’s latest generation movement, Calibre 2950.

The Manufacture’s legacy of tourbillon watches continues with this self-winding open-worked flying tourbillon movement which reinterprets tradition through a contemporary lens on the occasion of the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Open-worked / 41 mm
Reference 26735ST.OO.1320ST.01

Case
Stainless steel case
Case diameter: 41mm
Case thickness: 10.6mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50 m

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 2972
Total diameter: 31.5mm (13 ¾ lignes)
Total thickness: 6.84mm
Number of jewels: 27
Number of parts: 271
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 65 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours and minutes

Dial
Rhodium-toned open-worked movement, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating, slate grey inner bezel

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 39 mm

Audemars Piguet has launched its latest research and development breakthrough (RD#3) with the Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin.

This 39 mm stainless steel anniversary model, measuring 8.1 mm in thickness, represents the first “Jumbo” in history to be equipped with a self-winding flying tourbillon.

It is powered by the Manufacture’s new self-winding ultra-thin flying tourbillon movement, Calibre 2968, measuring just 3.4 mm thick and adorned with a novel combination of traditional and contemporary hand-crafted decorations. Pushing the boundaries of feasibility, this model will be complemented in September by a second 37 mm version for the slimmer wrists, enriched with a dial of a different hue.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 39 mm

This 39 mm Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin in stainless steel achieves the feat of integrating a self-winding flying tourbillon into a “Jumbo” case. Placed at the dial level, the rotating tourbillon cage appears at 6 o’clock.

At the heart of this new innovation is Calibre 2968, an ultra-thin self-winding flying tourbillon movement that was developed over a five-year period.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 39 mm

Given the extra-thin nature of the form language, this self-winding flying tourbillon had to be creatively rethought to reduce the thickness required to house this complication by repositioning certain components. The tourbillon cage, which is crafted in titanium, is notably equipped for the first time with a peripheral drive. The combination of these two elements not only makes the distribution of energy to the tourbillon more fluid, but also served to lighten and refine this regulating organ.

In order to provide optimum visibility of the tourbillon and the movement, Audemars Piguet engineers completely redesigned the architecture of the mechanism. The Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin features a new escapement to accentuate the aesthetic details while revealing part of the movement’s workings.

The geometry and positioning of the balance wheel arms have notably been revised in such a way as to make the watch’s beating heart even more perceptible. The technical design of the movement results in the flying tourbillon being placed at the dial level, for a greater visual experience.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 39 mm

The hand decoration of the movement components, visible through the sapphire caseback, combines the dynamism and classicism of V-angles with the modernity of traits tirés– a finish that appears on the mainplate and bridges and replaces the traditional Côtes de Genève. The open-worked, rhodium-toned bridges offer an unobstructed view, contrasting with the pink-gold-toned colour of certain mechanism elements.

The new RD#3 remains true to the aesthetic codes of the iconic “Jumbo” models. The stainless steel case and bracelet feature the collection’s signature satin-brushed and polished hand finishes, while the timepiece is graced with a Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50Petite Tapisserie dial which pays tribute to the original model. The colour is obtained using a PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) process that guarantees a uniform and lasting tone across all the dials.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 39 mm

Just as on the 1972 model, this new “Jumbo” reference is distinguished by bathtub-shaped hour-markers and hands filled with luminescent material to ensure optimal readability in the dark. The Audemars Piguet signature, like the minute-track, is printed in white on the Tapisserie motif.

The titanium flying tourbillon cage rotating at 6 o’clock stands out against the blue Tapisserie backdrop to create an airy effect. Contrary to the original model, the contemporary version is endowed with a sapphire caseback, which reveals the new ultra-thin movement and the dedicated oscillating weight.

The Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin features a central oscillating weight mounted on ball bearings and equipped with two reversers that ensure bidirectional winding.

The timepiece is fitted with the dedicated anniversary open-worked oscillating weight in rhodium-toned22-carat pink gold, which bears the “50-years” logo and the Audemars Piguet signature engraved on its surface. Matching the tones of the stainless steel case and bracelet, it is also adorned with the collection’s trademark polished and satin-brushed finishes.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) 39 mm

In 1986, Audemars Piguet introduced the world’s first self-winding tourbillon wristwatch. Imagined by Jacqueline Dimier, the design placed the tourbillon escapement on the dial side for the very first time. Calibre 2870 is housed in an ultra-thin case measuring a mere5.3 mm thick. Its titanium tourbillon cage remains one of the smallest in the world today with a diameter of 7.2 mm, as well as one of the lightest with a weight of only 0.123 grams.

This model became known as the Tourbillon Self-winding Ra (in reference to the Egyptian sun god) because Jacqueline Dimier’s design gave the tiny regulator the appearance of a sun, with its rays spreading across the dial.

This complicated wristwatch, of which 401 were produced until 1992, opened up a new avenue for Haute Horlogerie, which began to see a comeback of prestigious mechanisms including tourbillon watches.

Thirty years after Jacqueline Dimier’s model, the Manufacture launched a series of Research and Development models. In 2015, Audemars Piguet revealed its first RD#1 Royal Oak Concept Minute Repeater Supersonnerie prototype at SIHH, after eight years of research in partnership with EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a panel of experts composed of watchmakers, engineers, musicians and sound specialists.

This watch marked a significant step forward in terms of acoustic performance, sound amplification and sonic beauty, with the launch of the Supersonnerie mechanism. This system, for which three patents were filed, combines a novel chiming mechanism with an innovative case construction.

The commercial Royal Oak Concept Minute Repeater Supersonnerie version, which followed one year later, won the “Mechanical Exception Watch Prize” at the 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

In 2019, Audemars Piguet unveiled a new innovation with its 41 mm Royal Oak Self-winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, whose prototype was presented a year earlier at SIHH under the name RD#2.

This 6.3 mm-thick calendar watch houses a movement that is only 2.89 mm thick, making it the world’s thinnest automatic calendar wristwatch of its time. To achieve this feat, the calendar functions usually mounted on three levels were brought together on a single plane.

The experts at the Manufacture also developed two patented innovations relating to the integration of the end-of-month cam with the date wheel and the association of the month cam with the month wheel. Marking a turning point in the history of complication watches, the Royal Oak Self-winding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin earned Audemars Piguet the “Aiguille d’Or” award at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in November 2019.

This year, the Manufacture’s latest technical advance, the Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin, follows in the footsteps of previous innovations.

This RD#3 timepiece, powered by the new Calibre 2968, combines technical innovation and aesthetic refinement to pay a fine tribute to the Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary.

Technical details

Model: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding Flying Tourbillon Extra-Thin (RD#3) // 39 mm
Reference 26670ST.OO.1240ST.01

Case
Stainless steel case
Case diameter: 39mm
Case thickness: 8.1 mm
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal and caseback
Water-resistant to 50m

Movement
Self-winding Calibre 2968
Total diameter: 29.6 mm (13 lignes)
Total thickness: 3.4 mm
Number of parts: 226
Number of jewels: 33
Minimum power reserve guaranteed: 50 h
Frequency of balance wheel: 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations/hour)

Functions
Flying tourbillon, hours, minutes

Dial
Bleu Nuit, Nuage 50dial with Petite Tapisserie pattern, white gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Stainless steel bracelet with AP folding clasp

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945: Galaxia and Atomium

Unveiled during the Watches and Wonders 2022 luxury watch event, the new interpretations of the Grande Complication Calibre 945 highlight Jaeger-LeCoultre’s enduring expertise in celestial complications.

The new masterpieces from this series are the Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 Galaxia in pink gold and the Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 Atomium in white gold. These new works celebrate La Grande Maison’s artistic creativity and mastery of the decorative crafts while reaffirming its technical ingenuity. Each model is offered in a limited edition of five pieces.

Having fully mastered sidereal time – the measurement used by astronomers to track the apparent movement of the constellations across the night sky – the JLC watchmakers are able to create one-of-a-kind calibres that reproduce these astronomical events on the wrist, bringing complications together in fascinating new ways.

Originally created in 2010, Calibre 945 unites a sky chart with a celestial vault, a zodiacal calendar and a minute repeater, and is further elevated by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Cosmotourbillon – a celestial flying tourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia

The new “Atomium” and “Galaxia” dials showcase the skills of the Manufacture’s Métiers Rares® atelier, introducing grisaille enamel to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s repertoire of rare artistic crafts for the first time.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Atomium

A Cosmotourbillon makes a complete circuit of the dial in one sidereal day, and a Northern Hemisphere sky vault tracks the positions of the constellations in real time, as seen from the Vallée de Joux. The exquisite chimes of a minute repeater complement the celestial timekeeping.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Skychart

Highlighting the astronomical aspect of time measurement, the watchmakers developed a mechanism able to display the passing of sidereal time, based on the stars. Set at the centre of the dial, the celestial vault maps the Northern Hemisphere night sky as seen from the 46th parallel – the latitude of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s home in the Vallée de Joux – tracking the position of the constellations in real time.

Enhancing this celestial display, the Cosmotourbillon is elevated beyond its purely technical function as a regulating mechanism, measuring the passing of time as it makes a complete, anti-clockwise circuit of the dial in one sidereal day.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Skychart

With a duration of precisely 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds, a sidereal day is defined by Earth’s rotation measured in relation to more distant fixed stars, whereas the 24-hour solar day – our civil time – is measured by Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

A golden sun-shaped pointer set at the edge of the dial indicates the month of the zodiacal calendar and solar time on a 24-hour scale, which is necessary for setting the watch. The Dauphine-shaped hands indicate the minutes and 12-hour cycles of civil time, which are displayed on two concentric rings on the flange of the dial.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia

An exceptional movement merits an exceptional habillage and the new Master Hybris Artistica Galaxia and Master Hybris Artistica Atomium bring fresh artistic expression to this marriage of complications.

Hand-decorated by the artisans in the Métiers Rares® atelier of the Manufacture, the multiple-level dial amplifies the beauty of the celestial theme while also showcasing the Cosmotourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Cosmotourbillon

For the star map, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduces grisaille enamel to its repertoire for the first time. A painterly technique that originated in 16th-century France, grisaille enamel is unique in creating a chiaroscuro effect, with an illusion of three-dimensionality created by half-tones and shading.

First, the enameller must perfect the dark background – traditionally blue or black – building the depth and intensity of colour by applying multiple layers, each of which requires firing. Then, using a super-fine brush, the image is added in white enamel, layer by painstaking layer, again with a firing after each stage.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Atomium

Because thicker enamel creates lighter areas, its application must be controlled with the utmost skill to achieve the ethereal beauty and apparent depth that make grisaille so beguiling. Thanks to this rarefied technique, the dials of the Master Hybris Artistica Calibre 945 depict with utmost artistry the sky that we see above us at night.

In a subtle allusion to the way the night sky seems to form a dome above us when we look at the stars, the dials are constructed on multiple levels, dominated by a domed structure that also wraps around the Cosmotourbillon.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Cosmotourbillon

Visible around the edge of the dome and beneath the tourbillon, the deepest level of the dial is a midnight blue or black disc (for the white gold and pink gold cases, respectively) decorated with translucent lacquer over opaline, with transferred white inscriptions for the names of the months, and the tourbillon seconds.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia

The dome is formed of two sections. On the black dial of the “Galaxia”, both the outer section of the dome and the inner celestial disc are made of gold, with grisaille enamel depicting the planets, and the star map and names of the constellations transferred over the enamel.

The “Atomium” takes its name from the delicate filigree of silvered metal that forms the outer section of the dome, its shape echoing the lines that link the stars to form constellations. Framed within this, on the domed celestial disc, midnight-blue grisaille enamel and a transferred star map amplify the visual connection to the cosmos.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Atomium
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Atomium

The dials of the “Galaxia” and “Atomium” are encircled by three concentric rings that carry the indices for solar time. The inner ring, for 24 hours, and outer ring, displaying minutes, are finished in opaline; between them, the hour ring is decorated with enamel over a hand-guilloché base, with applied indexes.

The Master Grande Tradition case is a perfect complement to the artistic dials and mechanical sophistication of these sumptuous pieces. Comprising more than 80 parts, its convex bezel is complemented by broad bevels on the lugs; the hollowed-out sides of the lugs add dynamic tension, while the repeater slide is tapered to harmonise with the curving case sides. Different surfaces are microblasted, polished and satin-brushed to maximise the play of light and emphasise the details.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Complication Calibre 945 Galaxia

This exceptional timepiece also takes Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise in chiming watches to new heights by uniting the astronomical complications with a minute repeater.

The technical difficulty of creating minute repeater lies in the complexity of the mechanism needed to transcribe the precise time shown by the hands into a series of perfectly programmed strikes, with different sounds for hours, quarters and minutes.