Christophe Claret will produce two limited edition versions of the Christophe Claret Aventicum watch, with one in 18k white gold and one in 18k red gold. Each has some grade 5 titanium parts as well. On the rear of the watch is a further statement in Latin which reads "Perfice omnia facta vitae quasi haec postrema essent.” This translates into “perform every act in life as though it were your last.” I don't think that applies to timepiece buying, as watches like this were meant to be part of a larger collection and not your only timepiece. While the concept of the Christophe Claret Aventicum is interesting, I am not sure it is going to make sense to many watch lovers eager to see fresh complications from the mind of Mr. Claret who has spoiled us. My feeling is that, in its own way, the Christophe Claret Aventicum will be really impressive, but it will require some hands-on time with the piece for me to discover that in full.
Rpaige has assorted an amazing collection of antique pocket watch movements and dials over the years. Each is faithfully restored, but also very much an historic item. While the movements are each in fine working order, one can visually see the patina of time and signs of actual use. One of the most interesting parts of the movements is how nicely they are decorated. The movement restoration cleans them to back the original luster without losing the intricate engraving designs. In some instances, Rpaige offers even higher-grade movements that are less common and more impressively detailed.
The bottom line is that no one actually needs a minute repeater or a tourbillon, as they add zero functional utility to a watch in 2014. Nevertheless, the child-like glee we receive from seeing mechanisms such as this in operation is what keeps up coming back for more and more. This is the logical extension of having a fascination for shiny things. Appreciating the work involved in this Roger Dubuis Hommage Minute Repeater Tourbillon Automatic watch goes to basic human attraction for items that require a lot of effort and our desire to want to own those and somehow capture part of their majesty for ourselves. It doesn't matter what the watch does, when it comes to a piece like this, it simply matters that it required a lot of effort and looks beautiful in the process.
The 18-carat pink gold case is 44 millimeters wide and 15.70 thick – it is big, but nothing outrageous when compared to the average size of other Royal Oak Offshore models. Where there is a more noticeable difference, however, is water resistance: a mere 20 meters is noted. Now, while we have said that the movement is extremely delicate and how that prevents the watch to be used in any rocky situation, a rating of 2 bars really is, nevertheless, low – but there's good reason for that. While there presently are numerous ways of waterproofing a crown and the two chronograph pushers, sealing the minute repeater's slider on the left side of the case as well as the push-piece in the center of the crown is considerably more difficult.
First, allow us to have a few words about the Sellita-based Elite, to help better understand how the Synopsis fits into the picture. As per (now ex-)Zenith CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour's claims, by 2014, Zenith has reached the very limits of its output capacity at around 50,000 movements, which was coupled with a steady single-figure growth year over year. "Single-figure" may not sound like much, but even at 5-7% growth, that deceptively small number necessitates the expansion of annual output by at least a few thousand movements. That consequently requires more people, more machinery, more space, more supply of raw materials – which in turn, makes the company act like a Jenga tower: growing constantly to a size greater than ever before, but also not as secure and steady as it had been.
Given the antique nature of the original Italian safe, the Savoy Safe No. 3 is likely a one-of-a-kind item, and others like it are built to order. Companies like Savoy don't really keep stock of items like this, given the extreme time and expense required to produce them. Hardcore collectors around the world approach companies like Savoy in order to produce custom or bespoke items... to store and help enjoy their other custom and bespoke items. They often need to work with specialists such as Scatola del Tempo, who have a deeper understanding of how to integrate watch winders and other specialty electronics in these luxury safes.