Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two TCR– Big Date Instantaneous Triple Calendar

Introduced in 2013, Chapter Two TCR—Triple Calendar Round—confirms Chapter Two’s status as the world’s most legible triple calendar wristwatch while showing that Maîtres du Temps is the horological master of the sporty and casual as well as the elegant and complex.

Two of the world’s greatest living watchmakers, Daniel Roth and Peter Speake-Marin, have pushed the boundaries of haute horlogerie by creating a timepiece in which every single aspect—aesthetic and horological—has been meticulously refined to perfection.
Chapter Two TCR sees Maîtres du Temps’ distinctive day and month roller indications seamlessly integrated into a complex circular case of high-tech Grade 5 titanium, available with either a high-polish finish or with sleek, black PVD.  The curved lines of the case are accentuated by eye-and light-catching 45° bevels along the case band that flow around the round, matte-black ceramic bezel to focus attention on the high-contrast, high-legibility dial.
Central hour and minute hands are complemented by bold over-sized hour indices—with Roman numerals at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock—all filled with brightwhite Super-LumiNova that glows a vivid green in the dark. Arabic numerals mark five-minute intervals around the chapter ring, while small secondsat 6 o’clock are indicated by a visually arresting bright red handthat complements the 15-minute markers.

While this ensemble of clear, clean indications makes for the most readable of time-telling experiences, the big date window at 12 o’clock and the month and day-of-the-week indications—spelled out in full on their respective rollers in engaging Serpentine font—offer unprecedented legibility in a triple calendar wristwatch.
As you might expect from the superstar lineup that developed Chapter Two, every single detail has been carefully considered, both visually and functionally. To ensure unmatched visual access to the dial-side indications, three anti-reflective sapphire crystals are utilized: one over the main dial and two curved crystals over the rollers, which are metalized to frame the month and date. For ease of operation, there are two ergonomic, paddle-shaped pushers, each engraved with their respective functions, and located on the caseback to adjust the month and day rollers.  Similarly, the engraving on the big-date pusher in the case band at 2:00 identifies its function.
The octagonal sapphire crystal display back provides a window to Chapter Two’s groundbreaking movement, which was developed by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier in close collaboration with Peter Speake-Marin and Daniel Roth and was extensively tested, refined, and beautifully decorated until it satisfied the master watchmakers’ most exigent standards. Through the display back, the eye is immediately drawn to the richly engraved and symbolically goblet-shaped rotor of the automatic winding system. The intricate panier guilloche decorating the rotor’s center provides a noble counterpoint to the text engraved around the rotor’s periphery: Maîtres de Temps’ motto, Masters and Their Craft—A Lifelong Pursuit of Excellence. The richly hand-decorated movement features a veritable melody of harmonious fine finishing, from the sun-ray Côtes de Genève on the polished hand-beveled bridges, to the helical spirals and perlage on the mainplate, to the mirror-polished screw heads.
Finally, the cool, casual aura of Chapter Two TCR is perfectly completed by a black, natural rubber strap with titanium folding buckle.

Technical Specifications

Central hands indicating hours and minutes
Sub-seconds at 6 o’clock
Big date at 12 o’clock
Day indication on roller at 6 o’clock
Month indication on roller at 12 o’clock

Time: hours, minutes, seconds
Instantaneous triple calendar: big date, day, and month

Caliber SHC01
Automatic winding mechanical movement
Symbolically goblet-shaped rotor in 22K gold, panier guilloche, and relief text
Dimensions: 45 mm x 32 mm x 9 mm
Number of components: 332
Number of jewels: 32
Power reserve: 50 hours
Balance frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Finishing: sun-ray Côtes de Genève, perlage, beveling, colimaçonnage, and polished screw heads

Grade 5 titanium or combination Grade 5 titanium and black PVD
Number of components: 47
Dimensions: 56 mm x 44 mm x 15 mm
Dial and octagonal display-back sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating
Two curved,metalized sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating over rollers
High polish and brushed finishes on compound-curve surfaces
Bezel matte ceramic
Crown, screws, and pushers: 18K white or red gold

Day corrector on caseback bottom
Month corrector on caseback top
Big date corrector on side of case at 2 o’clock

Dial and Hands
Number of dial components: 23
Multi-faceted and beveled
Diamond-cut applied Roman numerals with Super-LumiNova
High finishing with diamond cut and circular grain satin surfaces
Hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova
Small second hand with partial red painting

Day and Month Rollers
Black anodized aluminum

Strap and Buckle
Natural rubber with adjustable two-position titanium deployant buckle

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