Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Straight Outta' La Chaux-de-Fonds

This is something new from Montres duManège

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I had thought about holding off writing on this until I had seen one up close, but in an effort to keep the news flowing, I will give you the run down straight from the source -

The dial, with a black lacquered coating and the overlaid flange, has a unique style. It's the duManège style, which is also visible in the particular shape of the indices, the double finishing sanded- and satin-brushed, and the white rhodium-plated hands with tips blued using a varnish. The power reserve indicator is located at 11 o'clock, the calendar with hand-dates is at 7.30. It's an unusual arrangement and has a functional reason: the caliber was mounted into the case backward to allow the winding crown on the left of the watch, a trend that is popular with some of the major brands. It has a practical purpose, namely, to protect shirtsleeves made of delicate material.

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As for the automatic mechanical caliber, it was also produced by one of the top movement builders of the region, the company Technotime in Brenets. It has a power reserve of 120 hours, which is indicated by a hand, has two barrels and a module for the date, also indicated by a hand. The oscillating weight and the finishings have been given some subtle and elegant customization touches, which show that a young, creative and inspired designer is at the origin of the DM-Exploration. 

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Subscription and customization
The dyed-in-the-wool aficionados call this a "watchmaker's watch," because it is liable to kindle admiration among the industry’s big players. But other people, perhaps less professional, will also feel a spontaneous desire to actually own one. Also because of the three versions being produced, the numbered one in steel is being sold by subscription. It's a way of acquiring directly a real distillate of horological excellence at "wholesale" price, i.e., at 50% of its retail price tag of CHF 9500.- 

diameter 44.5 mm, lug width 22 mm Satin-brushed surfaces, polished beveling
Nine steel components, high-tech black ceramic inserts Water-resistant to 50 meters

Black lacquer, overlaid flange Inscription "La Chaux-de-Fonds" White rhodium-plated hands, varnished blue tips (second and date hands)
Anti-reflexive sapphire crystal
Automatic (mechanical) Technotime with duManége customizing
Two barrel springs

Retrograde date shown by a hand Power reserve indicator
120 hours power reserve (five days) 

Natural rubber (caoutchouc) with steel folding clasp 

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