Unveiled at Basel world 2017, Romain Gauthier Logical One Empire’s Secret – Song Dynasty is the model from specially-commissioned series, Logical One Empire’s Secret.
The special edition ‘Song Dynasty’ timepiece features an 18k red gold case with red gold cover. The top half of the cover front features a micro-painted engraving of a scene adapted from “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”, the celebrated painting depicting 12th century daily life in Chinaby artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145).
The bottom half of the cover front is sumptuously smooth and mirror-polished, while an off-centre aperture allows for views of the white enamel hour-minute subdial and small seconds featuring flame-blued steel hands.
Indeed, this bridge scene forms the centre and primary focus of the original monochrome-ink-on-silkscroll “Along the River During the Qingming Festival” which measures 5.25m (17ft)by 25.5cm (10 inches), and has been referred to as “China’s Mona Lisa”.
Under the Song Dynasty (960-1279), huge strides were made in agricultural technology and handicrafts; paper money and tea drinking were introduced; gunpowder, printing and the compass were invented; and many noted poets and scholars emerged during this period.
Its spectacular decoration includes hand-created and hand-polished rounded bevels, hand-frosting, snailing, straight-graining, circular-graining as well as hand-polished jewel countersinks.
The sapphire crystal display back affords further views of the finely finished movement, in addition to a 46-hour power reserve indicator.
Logical One Empire’s Secret – Song Dynasty is a unique piece.
Model: LOGICAL ONE EMPIRE’S SECRET – SONG DYNASTY
18k red gold case with red gold cover featuring micro-painted hand-engraving of an adaptation of “Along the River During Qing Ming Festival” by Zhang Zeduan
Dial and hands
White enamel dial on an 18k gold base complemented by flame-blued steel hands
Dimensions: 35.5mm x 10.5mm
Power reserve: 46 hours
Number of jewels: 63 in total, including 26 for the constant-force chain
Number of components: 359
Balance frequency: 28,800 vph / 4Hz
Movement components in: steel, stainless steel, beryllium copper, brass, titanium and German silver
Finishing: Highest-level haute horlogerie finishing
Case material: 18k red gold
Dimensions: 43mm x 15mm
Water resistance: 30m/3atm/100ft
Sapphire crystal with interior anti-reflection coating, front and display back
Crown for time setting at 2 o’clock
Push button for winding at 9 o’clock
Pusher for unlocking cover at 4 o’clock
Strap and buckle
Brown alligator leather strap hand-stitched in Switzerland with 18k red gold pin buckle
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