Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chapter One Round Transparence

Once again the house of Maîtres du Temps have introduced an astounding watch in the Chapter Obe Round Transparence. The watch, a limited edition of only 11 pieces, once again offers the following complications: a tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date, retrograde GMT, and two idiosyncratic rolling bars indicating the day of the week and phase of the moon. But this time, the focus is on the dial or rather the lack of it. 

In one word, Transparence. The high precision, laser-etched sapphire see-through dial invites you to discover the impeccably finished bridges, precisely beveled edges, and a symphony of mechanical complexity. A tour of the dial reveals 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.

A truly beautiful time piece.

The case back with a window to the heart of the watch, caliber SHC02.1.

The dial, or the lack of one. 

Beautiful 18K Red Gold case. Each watch will be engraved with 1 of 11. 

Trademark roller displays at 12 and 6. 

Photographs: Maîtres du Temps

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