The Chapter One watch from Maitres du Temps is now available in round case. The watch was introduced in the recent Basel 2010. Now the Chapter One is available in both Tonneau and Round case. I have to say that I personally prefer the new round case of the Chapter One. Why? Well it looks more robust or more muscular as compared to the Tonneau case. I like the way the rectangular forms of the two roller windows merges into the round case. It looks very industrial and bold. At the same time the rectangular forms seamlessly integrate the straps of the watch.
As with the earlier Chapter One Red Gold Limited Edition, the Chapter One Round is a Limited Edition watch of only 11 pieces. Hurry if you want one. This watch is again developed by two well known Master Watchmakers, Christophe Claret and Peter Speake-Marin. As with other Chapter Ones, this watch will feature a number of complications: tourbillon, chronograph, retrograde date and GMT and the very beautiful rolling indicators indicating the day of the week and moon phase.
Basically let me bore with one final detail and let the photographs do all the talking. The basic specifications:
Functions: one-minute tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date indicator, retrograde GMT indicator, day of week, moon phase, hours, minutes and seconds
Case: 18K red gold, 62 X 59 mm and 22 mm thick
Movement: 58 Jewel hand wind mechanical movement, 60 hours power reserve
The dial is just awesome. We can see the central coaxial hours, minutes, and chronograph 60-second counter; tourbillon and day of the week roller at 6 o’clock; retrograde GMT at 9 o’clock; 60-minute chronograph counter and precision moon phase roller at 12 o’clock; and retrograde date at 3 o’clock.
The case back with the octagonal display window.
The movement. This is the dial side.
The case back view of the movement.
Exploded view of the movement, all 558 components.
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