Ro­main Gau­thier Log­i­cal One Se­cret

Plaza Watch International - - The Best of Baselworld 2014 - YJMD

With the limited edi­tion Log­i­cal One Se­cret in red gold, Ro­main Gau­thier has sought to fuse fine art and award-win­ning haute hor­logerie. Al­ready named the Best Men’s Com­pli­ca­tions Watch by the jury of the 2013 Grand Prix d’Hor­logerie de Genève, where he built on the lega­cies of leg­endary watch­mak­ers from the past by rein­vent­ing the chain and fusée, re­mov­ing the con­ven­tional wind­ing crown and im­prov­ing the main­spring bar­rel, he de­cided to up the ante and add even more artistry to the time­piece by in­tro­duc­ing a fully-in­te­grated cover that ef­fec­tively be­came an ideal can­vas for art­work, hence the ad­di­tion of the word “Se­cret” to the watch’s name. Pay­ing homage to the art of gem set­ting, with its cover closed, hours, min­utes and small seconds are high­lighted amidst 181 in­vis­i­bly-set baguette-cut di­a­monds, to­talling nearly seven carats. With­out any vis­i­ble support, each grooved di­a­mond ap­pears larger and al­lows for the fully un­ob­structed re­flec­tion and re­frac­tion of light. Press the dis­creet but­ton at four o’clock to open the cover and take in the com­plex multi-patented in-house de­signed and man­u­fac­tured flat chain-and-fusée con­stant force move­ment with er­gonomic push-but­ton wind­ing sys­tem at nine o’clock, dial-side vis­i­ble bal­ance and 60-hour power re­serve in­di­ca­tor. The high­est level fine watch­mak­ing fin­ish­ing is in­cor­po­rated into the move­ment, in­clud­ing hand-pol­ished screws and jewel coun­ter­sinks, and hand-bev­elled and pol­ished bridges and plates fea­tur­ing dou­ble-an­gle bevels with sharp in­ter­nal an­gles. The type of art­work able to be show­cased on the cover could be ex­tended to minia­ture paint­ing, enam­elling, guil­loché and en­grav­ing, limited only by the client’s imag­i­na­tion.

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