Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Introducing Spero Lucem and La Clémence

Courtesy of Spero Lucem
Some people like Christmas, others the Super Bowl - but for me it is BaselWorld.  Every year there is an opportunity for a birth and rebirth! So when it comes to the "birth" of a new brand, there is always hope and anticipation.  One of the contenders this year is the La Clémence from the newly launched brand Spero Lucem.  Yvan Arpa has named this first model after one of the bells in a Geneva cathedral.  And given that this model is named for a cathedral bell, it seems only fitting that it's a minute repeater. 
Courtesy of Spero Lucem
But more than a repeater, it is a tourbillon.  And there is a visual treat as well - when the repeater is engaged (i.e. sounding) the hands take on a life of their own - a sort of temporary insanity, which Spero Lucem refers to as the hands "going crazy".

Here are the specs -

Mechanical hand-wound, flying tourbillon, 471 parts, 59 jewels, 21,600 vib/h, 90-hour power reserve

Hours, minutes, crazy hands and minute repeater

18k gold, 44 mm or two-tone titanium (case middle and crown) and 18k gold (bezel, back and repeater slide), circular satin-brushed finishes Sapphire crystal and back

Off-centred hour and minute indication at 12 o’clock with polished gold hands Flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock

Hand-sewn crocodile, with titanium buckle and 18k gold logo

The site is "Coming Soon" but for your reference -


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