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Best Picks – A new architectural inspiration from Maîtres du Temps

Tuesday, 18 May 2010
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From its first incarnation with a barrel-shaped case, Chapter One from  Maîtres du Temps now lends itself to a round case that is “architecturally-inspired,” in the words of this association of watchmakers, and still with the same fascinating combination of complications.

Judging by the timepieces which Christophe Claret and Peter Speake-Marin presented at the recent Baselworld – the DualTow NightEagle and the Marin 1, respectively – it was to be expected that the two watchmaking geniuses behind Chapter One for Maîtres du Temps would purse their collaboration. An expectation they have duly fulfilled. Maîtres du Temps present Chapter One Round, a timepiece that “stands out with its architecturally-inspired round case housing Chapter One’s groundbreaking combination of complications,” states the company founded by Steven Holtzman, which brings together some of the most prominent master watchmakers of the moment to develop “revolutionary” timepieces.

Chapter One boasts a combination of complications that represent hitherto unseen technical mastery. This manual-wind mechanical movement comprising 558 components features a one-minute tourbillon, mono-pusher column-wheel chronograph, retrograde date indicator, retrograde GMT indicator, a day of the week indication on a roller at 6 o’clock and a moon phase indication on a roller at 12 o’clock, representing a major technical feat in terms of delivering the impulse and maintaining the level of precision required.

Chapter One Round - Case: 18K 5N red gold / Number of components: 96 / Dimensions: 62 mm x 59 mm x 22 mm / Sapphire crystals with double anti-reflective coating / Display back: sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating / High polish and satin finishes
Chapter One Round - Case: 18K 5N red gold / Number of components: 96 / Dimensions: 62 mm x 59 mm x 22 mm / Sapphire crystals with double anti-reflective coating / Display back: sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating / High polish and satin finishes
“Getting to know the creators”

This array of indicators is laid out on a dial comprising 24 parts that is remarkably easy to read. For this new arrival in the Chapter One collection, the same care has been afforded to what Steven Holtzman describes as the “sculpted and structural” case. With 96 components, it features a single chronograph pusher in the crown, four correctors for the date, day of the week, moon phases and GMT, correctors with integrated locking system that “echo the concentric curves to perfectly follow the fluid lines and graceful flow of the circular case.”

Peter Speake-Marin is particularly proud of this new version: “After working on Chapter One for nearly two years, I was struck by the strength in the design of this round version: it is far stronger in character and presence than I dared hope for”. “Maîtres du Temps puts the watchmakers first,” Christophe Claret continues. “It allows the client, the lover of extremely complicated watchmaking, to get to know the creators of the product, those who have designed, made, and assembled the timepiece.”Something this new “chapter” illustrates perfectly.

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