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Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin Witness One

Witness One is a resolutely singular men’s watch created by Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin.

The open-worked Tourbillon movement heights the depth effect created by the gear wheels and the pure mechanics of the movement, already dictated by the absence of a dial. The finely sandblasted surfaces, bevelled and diamond-polished hands, black gold-treated bridges are exactly the kind of finishes that forge the character of MRC timepieces.

Finally, the Tourbillon placed at 6 o’clock and marking off the seconds dominates the front, while the three-arm “octopus spring” operating the pull-out piece, click and lever governs the movement visible through the caseback.

Technical details

Hand-wound tourbillon Calibre MRC800, 21,600 vph, 19 jewels, lever escapement, skeletonised plate and bridges, 72-hour power reserve

Hours, minutes and seconds

Steel, 18K white gold or 5N 18K pink gold, 45 mm
Cambered anti-reflective sapphire crystal and transparent caseback
Water-resistant to 30 m / 3 ATM

Polished and blued facetted hands
Seconds hand on the tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Black alligator with folding clasp matching the case

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin : INFINITELY FEMININE For Women & EXCLUSIVELY MASCULINE Single Push-piece Chronograph For Men

With just two weeks left for Basel world 2011, Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin unveils two new original collections INFINITELY FEMININE For Women & EXCLUSIVELY MASCULINE Single Push-piece Chronograph For Men.

The highly eclectic feminine collection from Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin comprises of timepieces with slender cases ranging from 28 mm to 40 mm, including a very elegant model with a diameter of 34 mm.

In steel or pink gold, with or without diamonds or set with a Tutti Frutti explosion of coloured stones, these timepieces are just waiting to be discovered and worn. Designer Rodolphe Cattin has harnessed his distinctive creative talent and efforts to come up with a unique design unlike any other women’s watch.

INFINITELY FEMININE for women model aims for pure sophistication with a cushion-shaped 28 mm x 21 mm curved case in polished pink gold. The crown perfectly matches the bubbles the replace the horns and house the black alligator-skin strap, complete with folding clasp.

The sapphire crystal features an anti-reflective coating. The black mother-of-pearl dial is understated and refined, graced with Arabic numerals and pink-gold hands with polished facets. A quartz movement displays the hours and minutes.

This highly imaginative feminine model would not be complete without its male counterpart, also designed by Rodolphe Cattin. The modern case middle, featuring an impressive 45 mm diameter, is graced with a very understated dial in black mother-of-pearl with a large time display and claw-shaped horns. These details have been developed by Rodolphe Cattin without the slightest concession to the way other men’s watches look.

EXCLUSIVELY MASCULINE single push-piece chronograph featuring a steel case, curved sapphire crystal and self-winding movement from the Concepto Manufacture. The dial sports hours and minutes functions, a small-seconds hand at 9 o’clock, a minutes counter at 3 o’clock, the date at 6 o’clock and a stopwatch display at 5 o’clock.

Rodolphe Cattin also designed a black alligator-skin strap with a folding clasp for this model. The deep blue of the single push-piece perfectly echoes the chronograph hand.

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin Witness Tourbillon Squelette

Swiss luxury watch brand Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin presents a new masculine timepiece, the Witness Tourbillon Squelette.

This complication offers a subtle mix of the best Swiss watchmaking expertise and Rodolphe Cattin’s audacious creativity: at the heart of a 45-mm white-gold case-middle trimmed with curved sapphire crystal vibrates a skeleton movement, whose irresistible allure and high-quality finishes are equally captivating. When designing this virile timepiece, the designer focused on the power of the curves, satin-brushed finishes and polished facets adorning the middle.

The tiny bubbles adorning the ladies’ watches have been transformed into slender drops here – a unique and unparalleled design – to house a black alligator-skin strap. This men’s watch is available in a variety of materials, from white gold to pink gold, including a fabulous version in satin-brushed steel.

Rodolphe Cattin designed the details and finishes that embellish this skeleton tourbillon movement alongside Manufacture Concepto. The drawn, bevelled and block-polished aspect of the tourbillon carriage o”er a glimpse of the highly complicated techniques used in this creation. The movement’s skeleton work showcases all the gear trains and the pure mechanics of the movement.

Featuring a power reserve of 72 hours, the winding mechanism is visible through the transparent case back. The escapement is equipped with a side pallet. This unique movement has a three-armed octopus spring that operates the pull-out piece, pawl and lever.

The spring is visible through the case back. Beating at a frequency of 21,600 vph (3 Hz), this creation is available as part of a limited-edition series of ten timepieces.

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin Adore Tutti Frutti

Famous watch designer Rodolphe Cattin made a comeback in December last year by establishing a new watch brand Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin in co-operation with Thomas Meyer.

In January 2011, in a highly original location in Versoix, Geneva, Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin presented over 40 models from its new Exclusively Feminine and Unequivocally Masculine watch collections.

The Adore Tutti Frutti is a ladies’ watch with a unique design. Totally distinctive. 4 little balls welcome with elegance an alligator strap. The soft curved sapphire glass enhances the pure mother-of-pearl dial displaying two time zones animated by a Small quartz complication movement.

In the presented model, Rodolphe Cattin gives full life to this creation by adding a colourful setting of several diamonds playing with blue sapphires, rubies and tsavorites. Glamour and beauty for this Lady time peace, also designed in several other proposals.

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin (MRC)

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin (MRC) is a new Luxury watch brand conceived and co-founded by Rodolphe Cattin & Thomas Meyer (former director of the Aquanautic brand) in 2010.

Rodolphe Cattin was the founder of Swiss luxury watch brand RODOLPHE, which now belongs to Franck Muller Watchland SA.

Alumni of School of Applied Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Rodolphe had been working as a designer with various companies before setting up his own design studio in 1989. His notable designs for Longines are Golden Wings, Rodolphe by Longines, Francillon, Grande Classique and Conquest. In 1995, he introduced RODOLPHE BY RODOLPHE, the first fully independent watch collection.

In the same time, he continued designing for major watch brands. His important works included Universal Genève Golden Janus Cabriolet (1994), Breil Kult – 2003, Movado Rondino (2005) and Esprit Houston funky (2005). In 1998, a wristwatch designed by Rodolphe for Bovet won the L’Hebdo award for “Watch of the Year”.

In 1999, the Rodolphe Montres Et Bijoux Company was incorporated for producing luxury wristwatches and jewellery creations under RODOLPHE brand. In 2003, the Viper by Rodolphe watch was introduced.

In 2005, Rodolphe signed a partnership with Franck Muller Watchland SA. In 2006, Rodolphe Instinct 180° won the Watch of the Year award. In 2009, the partnership between Rodolphe Montres Et Bijoux and Franck Muller Watchland SA was terminated.

After ending his partnership with the Franck Muller group, Rodolphe Cattin established a new independent design studio named RodolpheDesign SA.

With the official launching of the Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin (MRC), famed watch designer Rodolphe Cattin made his return to the watch scene by creating some original collections of both ladies’ and men’s models guaranteed to live up to consumers’ expectations. Conceived and co-founded with Thomas Meyer, Rodolphe Cattin Manufacture brings together these two contemporary watchmaking talents with their avant-garde vision and spirit.

Rodolphe Cattin is bringing all his experience and creativity with the Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin, a brand that intends to live up to its image: dynamic, mature, rebellious and revolutionary. The primary goal for this accomplished artist, who defines himself as a designer, is to establish a synergy between the various contemporary watchmaking players who encouraged him to take up this new challenge with Thomas Meyer.

Rodolphe Cattin comes from Porrentruy and has never forgotten his roots. The development of his timepieces will also be influenced by his return to the cities of Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds, whose watchmaking tradition he carries within him like a tribute to the region’s centuries-old know-how.

While the manufacture is firmly rooted in the Jura, its founder draws his inspiration from the best of contemporary design in places like Paris, New York, Milan and Barcelona. Shaped by these various influences, his models promise to be so aesthetically unique that they will be transformed into pure emotion, above and beyond the high-calibre mechanisms they house.

Featuring pink gold finishings combined with alligator, satin and rubies, the Rodolphe Cattin Manufacture range is available in two versions: exclusively feminine and infinitely masculine. For the ladies, the Utopia and Adore collections are refined but restrained combinations of glamour, mother-of-pearl and diamonds. The small diamond-studded balls replacing the traditional horns add a sublimely feminine touch.

For the men, the virile lines of the exceptional and unique Witness collection conceal a wide choice of movements: dual time zone, mono push-piece chronograph and original tourbillons. What makes this twofold approach so unusual is that it attaches more importance to the ladies’ than to the men’s collections (60/40).

Thomas Meyer and Rodolphe Cattin carefully studied the new market trends before striving to reflect them in their creations. The result is a sublime symbiosis of a love for design and haute horlogerie in its most divine expression, 100% Made by Rodolphe Cattin.

Featured Timepieces

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin Witness One

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin : INFINITELY FEMININE For Women & EXCLUSIVELY MASCULINE Single Push-piece Chronograph For Men

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin Witness Tourbillon Squelette

Manufacture Rodolphe Cattin Adore Tutti Frutti