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.
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.
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.
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
Hours, minutes, date, mechanical power reserve indicator
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
Polished, blued steel hands
Double folding clasp, engraved logo
10-micron yellow-gold-plated or stainless steel case
Edition limited to 200 pieces
Retail price without VAT CHF 3’240.- (stainless steel) / CHF 3’710.- (gold plated)
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