Friday, December 28, 2018

Revisiting Pequignet

Courtesy of Pequignet
Pequignet, it seems, continues to surprise many of the pundits out there.  Some years on from some particularly thorny financial issues, it appears that Pequignet may be over the hump and finally ready to challenge for a share of market space not only in Europe, but here in the US.

This is the Pequignet Paris Royal.

The movement is special, the Pequignet Royal.  It offers three days of power reserve, large date, moon phase and power reserve indication.  The case measures 41 mm in diameter and is of stainless steel.  Me myself?  I love he numbers.  I realize that is a seemingly trivial matter, but I dig 'em!

Now at 7000 Euros, I am not going to crow that this is a watch for everyone.  But I would also point out that with the level of finish of the movement and the detail in the dial, for those with the means this is a very affordable alternative to what is on offer from the big groups.

Here are the pertinents, straight from the source -

Calibre Royal, Manufacture movement with dual direction automatic winding, 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz), Initial force distribution by a central barrel axis, large balance with compensating screws in solid gold, 220°amplitude in vertical position after 72-hours operation.
Large date and day with no amplitude loss upon activation. Unique system for exceptional reliability and accuracy. Integrated complications.
88-hour power reserve design, dial display with 72-hour guaranteed isochronism. Integrated complications.
Large accurate moon phase at 6 o’clock, integrated complications.
Small seconds at 4 o’clock symmetrical to power reserve.
Movement finish: bridges and main plate circular-grained and snailed, with Côtes de Genève.
Oscillating weight with sunray finish and rhodium plating, gilt "Fleur de Lys" logo.

Diameter : 41mm
316L Stainless Steel
Polished case finish, case middle hoop polished/satin-finished with micro-blasted grooves
Case body with overlaid lug arms
Case-back secured by 4 screws with polished heads
Crown embossed with "Fleur de Lys" logo
Non-reflecting sapphire crystal, case-back and crystal bezel
Direct middle casing
Water resistance : 50 meters

Silvered Opaline, facetted dual window
Blue, golden horizontal moon phase
Small seconds and power reserve with white fine snailed finish
Rhodium-plated applique antique Arabic numeral chapter ring and "Fleur de Lys" logo
Polished steel hands designed by Pequignet

Large-scaled remborded black alligator
Available in folding clasp or ardillon buckle embossed with "Fleur de Lys" logo

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