Monday, September 23, 2019

Something Very Special

Now on the surface, you might look at this watch and think that you've seen it, or at least something like it before -
Courtesy of Roger Zarzoso / Antoine Tavan 
Well, you maybe you think you have, but in this particular case? Not really!

This watch was designed by Roger Zarzoso. For those unfamiliar, Mr. Zarzoso has worked behind the scenes for some of the most famous Swiss brands over a career spanning more than 30 years. He is the owner of Antoine Tavan, and this is his latest creation.

Now again, there have certainly been day/night, 24 hour watches out there before. But many of these were crafted either from base Unitas movements (hand-winding), or one-off manufacture creations. In both cases, let's just say the prices were prohibitive.

Courtesy of Roger Zarzoso / Antoine Tavan 
Well, get ready to be surprised. 

It is entirely designed and manufactured in Mr. Zarzoso's workshop in Le Locle. This watch is something of a first, as it utilizes an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement that he has modified to display a 24 hour indication. As I said, there have been plenty of these complications done with a hand-wound movement, or much more expensive manufacture concoctions. And I could be wrong, but I believe this is one of, if not the first effort at such a modification in this type of dial layout. As ever, I am anxious to know if other examples exist, so please let me know!

Another distinction is the quality of enamel work. The dial is of copper, with enamel finishing using traditional techniques. The dial contains two scales in relief, each representing a unique half of the 24 hour day.

Now the other "stop the press" aspect of this watch? Well, the rumor is that this watch is going to be offered at a very, very attractive price. How attractive? Let's just say I am ready to order RIGHT now, and I am a poor English Teacher/Social Worker, so that is saying something.

That's all for now, but stay tuned!

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