Thursday, April 3, 2014

VALBRAY Oculus Chrono Argentique Grey

This year, Valbray presents a Grey version of its Oculus Argentique watch. In tribute to the world of photography, from where the innovative Valbray diaphragm opening system comes, this exceptional timepiece offers finishes and colours that recall those of 35mm cameras, like mythical Leica M6 or M7 or Contax.

The ‘’Argentique’’ photography is the technique to fix pictures on paper using the light emitted by an object or a scenery. The term “Argentique” actually refers to silver emulsions used by photographic films, as an opposition to the digital photography.

The beautiful black and white contrast is the leitmotif of the watch. First, it is present between the titanium grade 5 case and the deep black of the pushers and the internal bezel. Then, it is also offered by the dial, where the fine steel honeycomb grid flies over a bright polished black base. The opposition is also expressed by finishing alternating fine brushed with polished surfaces. The bezel is decorated with white engravings that recall the ones on the lenses of cameras. Following the same spirit, the side of the bezel as well as the buttons have been done with a « clous de Paris » finishing, which intensifies the heritage of the photography universe.
Finally the green colour of the chrono hand and the "V." on the bezel, remain faithful to the unique colour code of the cameras. (The black Argentique reference has the red accents).

Equipped with a meticulously finished Valjoux movement, visible through the back sapphire and a brown alligator strap with white stitches, the Grey Argentique is an exclusive and limited edition to 36 pieces.

Technical details
Model: Oculus Argentique grey
Reference: VR01 I – G

Case
46 mm bezel diameter
Titanium grade 5 with DLC coating
Water resistant: 5 ATM
Sapphire Crystal Bezel: double side hard antireflective coating
Back: double side hard antireflective coating

Functions
Double display: chronograph / hours, minutes
Patented Diaphragm system of 16 extra thin blades integrated on the bezel

Movement
Mechanical and automatic chronograph
Redesign tri-material rotor winding
Frequency: 28’800 alt/h (4 Hz)
25 functional jewels
44 hours of power reserve

Dial
Multi - layered with a honeycomb grid

Bracelet
Brown alligator with white stitching
Deployant buckle with a thin design

Limited Edition
36 numbered pieces

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