Thursday, April 12, 2018

Lac Poya

From Claude Meylan -
Courtesy of Claude Meylan
This is one of the BaselWorld releases from Claude Meylan.  A whimsical take on how a SWISS watch should look.    The case is 42 mm in diameter, and of stainless steel with a sapphire crystal and display back.  The movement is mechanical (hand winding), skeletonized and engraved.

As mentioned, the real treat is the rotating dial which displays a cut out that also acts as the hour hand as it rotates.

The inspiration is the Swiss mountains and the life and culture that surround them.  In their own words -

La Poya
The Swiss tradition, the art and the culture of its emblematic regions have inspired CLAUDE MEYLAN to celebrate the rituals, the customs and the ancestral symbols. “La Poya” pays tribute to the original festival of the climb to the mountain pastures and associates the know-how of our House to this Swiss Art. The alpine pasture attracts cow herds to spend the summer. It is during the climb that we the celebration of the poya takes place. “La Poya” originated in the region of Fribourg and describes the long procession of cows and wagons loaded with the necessary equipment to collect the milk, make cream and cheese on the heights. The cows are decorated with flowers and bells with belts embroidered with edelweiss and the name of each herd owner. The armailli, wearing the traditional clothes, guides the procession. The facades of alpine chalets have friezes painted or carved in wood, representing the joyous rise of processions. 

Personally, I just think it's pretty cool ; )

Here are the pertinents -

Mechanical with manual winding
Hours, Minutes
Fine finish, fully skeletonised and engraved
ETA Unitas 6497
42 hours 

316L stainless steel, transparent back, sapphire crystal
Diameter 42 mm
Water resistancy
3 atm
Leather Strap
316L Stainless Steel


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