Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two Tonneau Classique

This exceptional timepiece by Maîtres du Temps was launched in 2014 on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the launch of the Chapter Two OriginalThis new model underlines even stronger the architectural aspect of the collection through its Art Deco inspired dial on which the bold indices majestically indicate the hours.

The Chapter Two collection features an instantaneous triple calendar displayed in large format thanks to the innovative high precision cylinders that in fact makes it the most legible mechanical calendar wristwatch in the world. Its outstanding movement is imbedded in a shaped case that expresses the strength and character of this collection. 
The technically revolutionary movement of the Chapter Two is the result of the unique know-how of Maîtres du Temps – Atelier d’Horlogerie and meets the highest requirement in terms of precision and performance. In particular, the driving mechanism of the cylinders required important cognitive development and innovative techniques. The performance of the instantaneous change of the big date and the displays positioned on the two cylinders at 6 o’clock (day) and at 12 o’clock (month) proves the quality of this innovative concept.
Chapter Two features elegant central hour and minute hands in solid gold with diamond-cut facets finishing and a small second at 6 o’clock, the big date at 12 o’clock and the day and month indication in full words on their respective cylinders. The combination of the big date and the displayed days and months in full letters gives the Chapter Two a legibility never seen before on a triple calendar wristwatch.

The Cylinders represent the essential DNA of Maîtres du Temps. They are manufactured in Anticorodal, an alloy of manganese, aluminum and magnesium which is resistant to oxidation and corrosion. The artisanal process of decoration of the cylinders requires several weeks of precise work, from the individual engraving of the day and month to the handmade coloring. Each step of the process needs a specific know-how and unique care.
Inspired by the architectural codes of the Art Deco style the dial reflects a supreme purity of the shapes. Everything is done to facilitate the legibility of time. Long indices in solid gold set on a smart Opalin finished surface clearly indicate the hours. This original dial strengthens the character of the timepiece and makes it look elegant and classic.

The fluidity of the design of the distinctive tonneau shaped case hides its complex architecture and sophisticated design. Every single aspect of this timepiece is the result of refined and meticulous work:the inner lines of the lugs follow the wavy curves of the case giving it a unique harmony, while the day, date and month correctors have their functions engraved to facilitate their simple use.
Six specially shaped sapphire crystals with anti-reflective surface treatment – three on top of the case and three on the case back – offer a unique visual access on the cylinders and the movement mechanism.

Looking through the octagon-shaped sapphire crystal of the display back into the beautifully decorated movement within, the eye is immediately drawn to the richly engraved symbolically goblet-shaped rotor of the automatic winding system. The intricate pannier guilloche decorating the rotor’s center provides a noble counterpoint to the text around the rotor’s periphery that reads Masters and Their Craft—A Lifelong Pursuit of Excellence.

The richly hand-decorated movement features a veritable melody of harmonious fine finishing, from the sunray Côtes de Genève on the bridges with their perfectly beveled edges, to the helical spirals and perlage on the mainplate, to the mirror-polished screw heads.

Technical Specifications
Model: Chapter Two Tonneau Classique - Instantaneous triple calendar, big date, day indication on high-precision cylinder, month indication on high-precision cylinder, small seconds, automatic winding mechanical movement

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

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

Movement
Caliber SHC01
Automatic winding mechanical movement
Symbolic goblet-shaped rotor in 22K gold, panier guilloche, and relief text
Dimensions: 45 mm x 32 mm x 9 mm
Number of components: 338
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

Case
18K gold
Number of components: 49
Dimensions: 58 mm x 42 mm x 16 mm
Six sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating
High polish and brushed finishes on compound-curve surfaces

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

Dial
Number of dial components: 16
Smart Opalin surface finishing
Diamond-cut applied hour indices in 18K gold
Big date opening frame in 18K gold

Hands
18K gold hands
Diamond-cut facets finishing

Day and Month high-precision cylinders
Black anodized Anticorodal aluminum

Strap and Buckle
Genuine hand-sewn alligator leather strap with 18K gold deployant buckle

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