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Maitres du Temps Chapter Three Reveal Watch

Maitres du Temps Chapter Three Reveal Watch Watch Releases

Round watches are certainly in again this year. Well round watches are pretty much ALWAYS in – though for high-end brand Maitres du Temps a 42mm wide round-cased watch is a bit unexpected. Nevertheless, that is exactly what the new Chapter Three Reveal watch looks like. For their third creation Maitres du Temps goes super classic in design, and offers a neat set of complications worth of the Maitres du Temps name.

The Maitres du Temps Chapter One was a massively sized watch with an incredible amount of complications. The Chapter Two was a sort of baby Chapter One with a more simple movement and more wearable size. Each of those watches has tonneau style cases (well, mostly). What endures over to the Chapter Three from the other two models is the use of rollers in the movement to indicate information. Rollers will apparently be a signature element of Maitres du Temps timepieces.

Maitres du Temps Chapter Three Reveal Watch Watch Releases

Maitres du Temps Chapter Three Reveal Watch Watch Releases

Like all Maitres du Temps watches, the Chapter Three is a collaborative effort with the brand and two very special watch makers. For the Chapter Three Maitres du Temps worked with Kari Voutilainen and Andreas Strehler. Enthusiasts of high-end independent watches will know these names well. Everyone else should simply trust the fact that people familiar with these watches both know and trust these guys pretty well. Also, with the Help of Voutilainen and Strehler, the movement inside of the Chapter Three watch is the first totally in-house movement for Maitres du Temps.

Producing an in-house movement was not just for show but also practical given how the caliber SHC03 movement in the Chapter Three operates. The use of the rollers as well as the opening and closing dial required a special mechanism to power the entire system. The Chapter Three is meant to be a sort of travel watch. The overall idea is to offer a dual time zone watch that is both easy to use and be discreet if you want to see the time elsewhere or simply have the watch look like a single time zone indicating timepiece.

On the beautifully decorated main dial are solid 18k gold hands showing the time, as well as a subsidiary seconds dial, date dial, and moon phase indicators. Press the lever-style pusher on the left side of the case and the dials opens in two locations to reveal another time indicator and a day/night indicator (used for AM/PM indication). I am really curious to see it all work in person.

Maitres du Temps Chapter Three Reveal Watch Watch Releases

Maitres du Temps Chapter Three Reveal Watch Watch Releases

Pictured, the Chapter Three Reveal watch is in an 18k rose gold case with a blue/black dial and black alligator strap. While this might be the only version for 2012, other color variations and material choices are sure to come. Fans of independent watch makers and those who enjoy high-end classically styled high-complication watches will certainly be into the Chapter Three this year.

Chapter Three Reveal – Technical Specifications from Maitres du Temps:

Central hours and minutes, small seconds, date, moon phase, hidden time zone on roller, hidden day/night on roller, manual winding mechanical movement

Displays

Central hour and minute hands

Small-seconds at 8 o’clock

Date on sub-dial at 2 o’clock

Moon phase at 4 o’clock

Hidden day/night on roller at 12 o’clock

Hidden time zone on roller at 6 o’clock

Functions

Time: hours, minutes, seconds, date, moon phase, hidden time zone and hidden day/night indication

Caliber SHC03

Manual winding mechanical movement

Dimensions: 35.6 mm x 8.2 mm (inclusive of dial mechanism)

Number of components: 319

Number of jewels: 39

Power reserve: 36 hours

Dual mainspring barrels in series

Balance frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)

Straumann balance spring with Breguet overcoil and low-mass escape lever

Finishing: Côtes de Genève, perlage, beveling, and polished screw heads

Case

18K gold

Number of components: 49

Dimension: 42mm

Sapphire crystals on top and display back with anti-reflective coating

Shaped pusher: quickset hidden time zone

Crown:  3 positions plus pusher

Position 0: Winding

Position 1: Setting date and moon phase

Position 2: Setting time

Pusher: Open/close dial panels

Water resistance: 30 meters/ 100 feet/ 3 ATM

Dial and Hands

Number of components: 3

Roman numerals

Sun-ray guilloche, Clous de Paris guilloche

Hands: 18K gold

Rollers

Hidden time zone: dual sliding embossed rollers

Hidden day/night: engraved and hand painted

Strap and buckle

Hand-sewn alligator strap with 18K gold tang buckle

SOURCE:http://www.ablogtowatch.com/maitres-du-temps-chapter-three-reveal-watch/

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