Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Ode au Printemps

From Schwarz Etienne -

Courtesy of Schwarz Etienne
Sometimes you need a little buzz in the morning ; )  

This is one of the special novelties from Schwarz Etienne this year.  And yes, I sorta' dig it.

With so many brands doing somber, serious things, it is pretty swell to see something that is technically impressive, yet still fun to look at (and wear)!

So for you super serious folks out there, here are the "serious" watch facts:
 
Case

Case Material
Rose gold 5N 18 ct
Case Diameter
44 mm
Case Height
13.70 mm
Glass
Sapphire with double-sided anti-reflective treatment
Sealing
5 ATM (50 m)

Movement

Caliber
TSE 122.00
Type
Manufactured tourbillon automatic "Irreversible" TSE 122.00 with micro rotor
Diameter
30.40 mm (13 ¼’’’)
Height
7.05 mm
Frequency
3 Hz (21'600 Alt/h)
Power reserve
72 hours
Functions
Off-centered hours and minutes indication at 5 o'clock
Small second retrograde at 11 o'clock
Tourbillon at 1 o'clock


But then, there is a fun element -
Courtesy of Schwarz Etienne

The wonderful dial, and the particularly playful hand-painted bee on the micro rotor.

Dial
Gilded brass in the form of honeycomb and sub-dial in tiger's eye Poppy-shaped micro-rotor mass wheel in fine strips of coral Hand-engraved, hand-painted aluminum bee. Hour turning and petit seconde (small second) r├ętrograde in tiger's eye

Now to be very clear, I am a social worker.  Barring a true Lotto windfall, I will never be able to afford this watch.  Having said that, this is one of those rare pieces that I want regardless of the price point!  It is beautiful, clever and it makes me smile!

As I understand it, the bee is in no small reference to La Chaux-de-Fonds (a bee figures prominently in the coat of arms of the city).

So for the lucky few, this is a truly wonderful piece.  I have seen it and held it at the Schwarz Etienne BaselWorld booth and it is truly impressive!

When Schwarz Etienne went through their "re-branding" a few years back, many of us who write about these things were not certain how it was all going to work out, but it seems to be on track, and humming along ; )

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