Saturday, December 1, 2007

Charmex JUBILÉ 1926-2006 Collection: RÉSERVE DE MARCHE

In 2006, Swiss watch maker Montres Charmex SA celebrated its 80th anniversary. To commemorate this anniversary, the Swiss watch brand has launched the special limited edition JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection. The first model of Charmex JUBILÉ 1926 - 2006 Collection is a Réserve De Marche version that was launched at Basel world 2007.

Montres Charmex’s history began in 1926 when Max Bürgin, the grandfather of the current director Frank M. Bürgin, started his apprenticeship as a watchmaker in the Swiss village of Bubendorf. At that time, the watch sector was still untouched by mass production and everything depended on quality. A watch was not an accessory, but an object of a lifetime, and manufacturers proudly displayed their skills and craftsmanship.
Montres Charmex strives to create watches that preserve and enhance the quality, design and functional criteria of models from the past, thereby setting itself apart from the largecscale manufacturing that is a feature of our times. Attention to the subtlest of details and the peerless quality of the materials used: this is what represents the essence of true perfection for Montres Charmex.    

The growing success enjoyed by Montres Charmex SA during its 80 years of existence has given it confidence and hope for the future. The JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection encapsulates this confidence and hope. It comprises five new models to be introduced over the next five years. A blend of tradition and innovation, the collection draws on Charmex’s long experience in manufacturing quality watches. Not only does it highlight the heritage of watchmaking savoir-faire, it also finds unique expression through the tireless attention paid to its design and technique.

The JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection comprises five exceptional mechanical timepieces. While housing different complications, they have the same extremely elegant case. Each model will be manufactured in a limited edition of 200. Avid collectors can buy the complete JUBILÉ 1926- 2006 collection. One new model will be presented each year and, in 2011, Charmex will offer a finely-crafted box with the fifth timepiece to house the entire collection.
It took Charmex’s watchmakers more than a year to design and produce the first model for the JUBILÉ 1926 – 2006 collection. The case comprises four separate pieces, each with a tolerance of less than 1/10 mm. The conical shape of the threads for the screws guarantees that the case is not scratched when the screws are turned. The blue screws harmonise with the blued, polished hands, as well as the blue of the power reserve indicator. This play of colours is repeated on the plate, which has “Limited Edition” engraved on it. The chamfered attachments bring an air of fantasy to the case’s refined lines.

The RÉSERVE DE MARCHE movement is manufactured with traditional craftsmanship by Dubois-Dépraz, a movement manufacturer nestled in the heart of the Joux Valley, in Switzerland. The rotor is rhodium-plated and snailed and has a Côtes de Genève decoration. The blue logo has been engraved with meticulous care. The bridge is circular-grained and the edges fluted.

Technical details
Movement
Automatic Dubois Dépraz Cal. 7000, 21 rubies
Rhodium-plated, snailed rotor, with Côtes de Genève decoration
Blue engraved logo, blued screws, circular-grained bridge
44-hour power reserve

Functions
Hours, minutes, date, mechanical power reserve indicator

Case
10 micron rose-gold plated stainless steel, ∅42.5 mm, fluted edges, chamfered attachments
Anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Sapphire back, 6 blued screws, conical threads
Water-resistant to 50 metres

Dial
Silver
Polished, blued steel hands

Strap
Black leather
Double folding clasp, engraved logo

Other version
10-micron yellow-gold-plated or stainless steel case
Champagne-coloured dial

Edition
Edition limited to 200 pieces

Price
Retail price without VAT CHF 3’240.- (stainless steel) / CHF 3’710.- (gold plated)

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