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Reference 1R
$14,900 CAD
Stainless Steel
Price in Canadian dollars
Shipping & taxes calculated on invoice

The 1R is available with a white, eggshell or blueberry enamel dial.

Introduction

The Reference 1 was the first watch model we conceived, as passionate watch lovers and watchmakers we knew we had a very accurate idea of what our first dress watch should be. It needed an enamel dial, hand finished bridges of the movement, a 38mm diameter and a purposeful, but minimal dial configuration.

After many months of practice and development we have reinvigorated the Reference 1, with the Reference 1R. The revised model has features which may appear subtle to many, but contain elements only exhibited by a very small selection of watches in the world.

The revised 1R contains two significant new aspects; a two piece enamel dial and hand finished hands. 

Each dial contains two separate enamel dials, which are then soldered together - an incredibly challenging process throughout, even with the most skilled artisans 75% of the dials created will bubble, crack or develop other imperfections and not reach our quality standards.

Each individual hand of the watch requires approximately 20 hours of hand finishing, a process so rarely done due to the massive highly skilled labor involved. We think it's worth it - each hand is shaped, filed and polished using traditional techniques until they take on a beautiful lustre. Finally - the middle component of the hands (known as the boss) is created in a small lathe and then polished to a 'black polish', which is an example of ultimate flatness and finish.

Dimensions & Materials

  • Case diameter (mm): 38.00

  • Case thickness (mm): 9.00

  • Lug width (mm): 19.00

  • Case material: 316L stainless steel

  • Dial material: vitreous enamel (hand fired)

  • Crystal: curved sapphire with clear anti-reflective coating

  • Caseback: see-through sapphire glass

  • Strap material: Louisiana alligator (Mississippiensis)

  • Buckle: Folding deployant clasp

  • Buckle material: 316L stainless steel

  • Water resistance: 30M/3ATM/100 FT

Movement Specifications

  • Thickness (mm): 2.60 (ultra-thin}

  • Diameter (mm): 30.00 (13¼ Ligne)

  • Number of parts: 176

  • Number of jewels: 29

  • Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 v.p.h)

  • Power-reserve: 48 hours

  • Certification: CLA Chronometry - each movement is impartially tested for accurate timekeeping before achieving chronometer certification.

  • Features: free-sprung variable inertia balance with gold inertia blocks, ceramic ball bearings in automatic winding assembly, tungsten micro-rotor, hacking seconds

  • Decoration: hand beveled bridges, radial Côtes de Genève

  • Location of Manufacture: Fleurier, Switzerland