The news went largely uncommented, and for good reason. When Maîtres du Temps announced it would be presenting its Chapter Three at the next World Watch and Jewellery Show in 2012, it was at pains not to lift the veil on any of the new watch’s features. The only teaser was that Andreas Strehler came onboard in 2010 alongside Kari Voutilainen, who began work on the movement in 2008. “It’s an original movement which I have made for Maîtres du Temps,” says the master watchmaker, to whom we owe such remarkable timepieces as the Observatoire, the Minute Repeater 10 and the Vingt-8. “At first I had carte blanche but the project has evolved over these past four years, and the original idea has changed.”
With Kari Voutilainen in charge of movement construction, Andreas Strehler took on the role of technical director, in particular for the interface between the movement, complication and case, and for production. While Chapter One was manufactured in very limited series, first as a tonneau then in a more rounded version, Chapter Three should be produced in similar quantities to Chapter Two, i.e. around 200 pieces a year.
“I’ve known Andrea for some twenty years,” Kari Voutilainen continues. “I enjoy working with him, particularly as he has substantial experience in developing timepieces for third parties.” Indeed, Strehler is behind the Harry Winston Opus 7 whose alternating display indicates hours, minutes and power reserve in succession. He is also the creator, this time under his own name, of the famous Butterfly watch.
Following in illustrious footsteps
At Maîtres du Temps, lips are sealed with patents to be filed to protect this new creation. But if Chapter Three proves a worthy successor to its forerunners, it will be well worth waiting for. As a reminder, Chapter One by Christophe Claret, Peter Speake-Marin and Roger Dubuis is a world-class mix of complications with a tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date, retrograde GMT and two distinctive rolling bars at 6 and 12 o’clock for the day and moon phases. Chapter Two, the work of Roger Dubuis, Daniel Roth and Peter Speake-Marin, incorporates an instantaneous triple calendar with large date, day and month. As for Chapter Three, all will be revealed…