Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Schwarz Etienne Roswell Voyage

Back in 2015, Swiss luxury watch manufacture Schwarz Etienne presented Roswell, a new range of timepieces equipped with state of the art ISE – Irreversible Schwarz Etienne movement. In 2016, the manufacture updated this series with a new model christened Roswell Voyage.

The second model of a series that is certain to last, the Roswell Voyage braved the elements, the cold, and the snow; the tale of its adventures nestled within. For, in its heart in a hermetically sealed capsule, this exceptional timepiece holds a fragment of the most emblematic of Swiss mountains.

The Roswell Voyage is a refined timepiece with an innovative design, which fosters its difference and originality. In a waterproof and hermetically sealed capsule below the calibre, this watch guards a fragment of rock that has been carved from the most famous peak of the Swiss Alps. This stone rests delicately on a sky-blue background, where a setting moon lyrically illuminates the amazing landscapes. And when the heavenly bodies give way, the capsules seize the memories.
The Roswell Voyage comes dressed in an immediately recognizable 45mm steel case, with a slightly convex anti-reflective sapphire that crowns a novel manufactured movement, the ISE – Irreversible Schwarz Etienne. This reversed movement, visible through a large dial opening, offers a plunging view into the heart of the mechanism, and a glimpse of the micro-rotor and balance wheel decorated with the SE logo, developed by and for the Manufacture Schwarz Etienne.

The particularity of this model also lies in the laser-cut oscillating-weight cover, which features the silhouette of the more than 4000-meter High Mountain. Its black dial adorned with rhodium-plated applied Roman-numeral indices, is enhanced by a sunray brushing spiralling outwards from the small second at 11 o’clock to fully cover the dial, like a sunrise behind the rocky outcrop. Thus, when the sun rises and the moon sets, a perpetual dialogue is initiated between their visible and hidden sides. The designers at Schwarz Etienne have cleverly combined materials and shapes to adorn this voyage with a rare elegance.
Horns with recessed angles, cut to emphasise the majesty of the crown, imprint a new dimension upon this exceptional watch. Contrasting with the intentionally rounded lines of the case, they guarantee recognition at first sight. These curves will seduce the most audacious, those who do not fear reaching for the mountain summits in the vault of the sky.   

The black topstitched alligator strap also holds a nice surprise in store. Sober in colour, it gracefully complements the case. But a fiery colour brings vitality to the flipside: the underside of the strap is dressed in an intense blue. In a presentation-case without equal, the Roswell Voyage will hold onto its secrets until it lands. Borrowing shape and colour from the world of flying saucers such as those imagined at the dawn of space travel, the Roswell Voyage is revealed inside its vessel.

In 2015, the ISE – Irreversible Schwarz Etienne calibre presented the new look for the watchmaker from La Chaux-de-Fonds. Like passing time, and life ticking away, the reversal of the movement is irreversible and gives new momentum to the path that the Manufacture Schwarz Etienne is taking today. The ISE was designed around the manufacture ASE – Automatic Schwarz Etienne movement, like an extension of it. Inverted, the self-winding mechanical movement allows some of the subtle workings of the mechanism, such as the decentred micro-rotor at 9 o’clock, small seconds offset at 11 o’clock, the escapement and the balance bridge to be exposed. A large frame opening brings to life the caliber and its components.

The exclusive ASE calibre had been conceived with a multifunctional approach and a practical logic. It has a 4-day power reserve. Among its innovative features, it includes an off-centre microrotor, which is found on the ISE. It is an unusual complication, as it requires a highly complex development process. This departure from a traditional centred model gives an enhanced view of the mechanism, which is usually obscured by the rotor. But the ISE – Irreversible Schwarz Etienne does not fully reveal itself; the Roswell maintains a small air of mystery.

The cover of the micro-rotor’s oscillating weight is personalised. Laser-cut, it echoes the profile of the famous Swiss mountain’s distinctive north face. Finally, the centre of the balance is elegantly adorned with the initials of the manufacture SE – a technical prowess bearing witness to the expertise of the Schwarz Etienne watchmakers.

Technical details
Collection: Roswell Voyage
Reference: WRW20TJ40SS01AA

Movement
Schwarz Etienne manufactured automatic movement «Irreversible» with micro-rotor ISE 100.00
Power reserve of 4 days

Functions
Hours, minute
Small second at 11 o’clock
Micro-rotor at 9 o’clock

Case
Stainless steel (Ø45 mm)
Glass: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 5 atmospheres (165 feet | 50 meters)

Dial
Black
Hands: Brass with rhodium treatment

Strap
Black alligator with blue alligator lining
Buckle Folding buckle in stainless steel with SE logo

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