Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fabergé Visionnaire 1

Fabergé presents Visionnaire 1, its first contemporary high end watch designed for gentlemen. Designed and produced by master watch maker APRP, this flying tourbillon wristwatch follows the same design and production principles as the works of Peter Carl Faberge did in his time.

Positioned at 9'o clock, the flying tourbillon complication of Fabergé Visionnaire 1 reveals a true mastery of watch making. As the major organ of the movement, the flying tourbillon is the only mechanical element to appear distinct from the others. The wheels of the movement can be glimpsed furtively between the various decorative elements. The brass wheels, for example, are circular grained on both sides and cut after rhodium plating to guarantee perfect transmission. The German silver bridges are coloured in anthracite via a NAC treatment. They are then decorated and drawn on the underside and flanks, before being chamfered and polished by hand.
The dial of Visionnaire 1 wristwatch is divided into seven inclined trapezes. These form a three dimensional rosette that dominates the centre of the watch. The minute track creates a visual transition to the case. Like micro shields, the trapeze protects and partly reveals the interplay of wheels while giving the movement visual depth-a genuine mechanism whose operations cannot be fathomed. Their elevation at the centre of the watch focuses the gaze on the impressive hands featuring skeletonised lower sections. This two level construction creates an interplay of perspectives that constantly changes with the movement of the wrist. Various details appear only to disappear in an instant. The Fabergé name nestles, for example, between two trapezes at 5'o clock and directly engraved on the bottom plate.
The trapezes serve both to decorate and cover the functional bridges. They all features guilloche centres and have been chamfered along the edges and framed by a satin finished flange. This juxtaposition of surfaces and clear geometric patterns creates an intense and highly contemporary yet understated decoration. The all anthracite back of the movement appears as a tableau on which only fundamental technical elements can be made out. The flying tourbillon is totally visible thanks to a hollow shaft at 3'o clock. A discreet power reserve indicator placed just above the tourbillon indicated the amount of energy remaining. The barrel ratchet attracts the gaze with its delicate pawl and spring fitted to its circumference. At 6'o clock a shot blasted German silver gilded identification plate indicates the number of the timepiece.
The unique case shelters and highlights the calibre, acting as much protective armour as a showcase. The angular case is made up of several different coloured elements that come together to form robot inspired armour. It is topped by a domes crystal embedded in the edge of the case. Thanks to this uncluttered design, the movement of the Visionnaire 1 is free to express its unique character. On the side, the crown echoes the same proportions with broad and lightly curved centre; it crowns a section of polished squares separated by notches.
Introduced at prestigious Baselworld fair in 2015, The Visionnaire 1 is available in two versions - Visionnaire I Platinum & Visionnaire I Rose Gold. Production is limited to 15 numbered pieces per each model. The Visionnaire 1 comes fitted with a hand stitched alligator skin strap.

Visionnaire I Platinum
Limited Edition of 15 Pieces

Movement
Hand-wound TOF14
Diameter: 38.0 mm (16 3/4 lines)
Thickness: 8.05mm
Number of jewels: 29
Number of components: 330
Power reserve: 72 hrs
Cadence of balance: 21,600 vibrations/h

Movement decorations
Dial side: bridges and main-plate in German silver, micro-beads, hand-polished edges, NAC treatment
German silver decorative plates, micro-beads, guilloché upper, blue PVD treatment
Case back side: German silver, micro-beads, guilloché, NAC treatment

Functions
Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon, power reserve

Case
Platinum and blue-treated titanium case, 44 mm, domed sapphire crystal and case back with single-sided antireflective treatment
Water resistance: 30 meters

Dial
Blue dial with TC1 luminescent coating 5-minute indicators

Hands
HM: White gold, rhodium plated, curved, skeletonized hands with TC1 luminescent coating
Power reserve: rhodium plated with red transfer

Strap
Hand-stitched black alligator strap
Platinum and blue-treated titanium Fabergé folding clasp

Available from
September 2015

Visionnaire I Rose Gold
Limited Edition of 15 Pieces

Movement
Hand-wound TOF14
Diameter: 38.0 mm (16 3/4 lines)
Thickness: 8.05mm
Number of jewels: 29
Number of components: 330
Power reserve: 72 hrs
Cadence of balance: 21,600 vibrations/h

Movement decorations
Dial side: bridges and main plate in German silver, micro-beads, hand-polished edges, NAC treatment
German silver decorative plates, micro-beads, guilloché upper, black PVD treatment
Case back side: German silver, micro-beads, guilloché, NAC treatment

Functions
Hours, minutes, flying tourbillon, power reserve

Case
18ct rose gold and black treated titanium case, 44 mm, domed sapphire crystal and case back with single-sided anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 30 metres

Dial
Black dial with TC1 luminescent coating 5-minute indicators

Hands
HM: 18ct rose gold, curved, skeletonized hands with TC1 luminescent coating
Power reserve: 4N gilded with red transfer

Strap
Hand-stitched brown alligator strap
18ct rose gold and black treated titanium Fabergé folding clasp

Available from
September 2015

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