Watchmakers Collaborate on a Timely Invention

  • Laurie Kahle

Known for their uncompromising temperaments, genius watchmakers don’t often take on group projects. But collaboration is the life force behind Maîtres du Temps, which debuted last year with its $400,000 high-complication Chapter One—the result of a joint effort by masters Roger Dubuis, Peter Speake-Marin, and Christophe Claret. For its second installment, aptly named Chapter Two, Maîtres du Temps assembled the formidable horological forces of Daniel Roth, Dubuis, Speake-Marin, and movement maker Vaucher. Priced at $66,000 in red gold and $67,500 in white gold, the Big Date Triple Calendar model incorporates the brand’s signature rollers, printed with unabbreviated days and months. Exuding Art Deco flair, the thick, sculpted tonneau-shaped case houses a technically challenging movement that required an extremely efficient transmission of power to turn the day and date rollers simultaneously. Peering though the sapphire crystal case back, you’ll notice an elaborately engraved goblet-shaped rotor, symbolizing the blending of the trio’s expertise and passion. “It is totally unlike anything that any of us would have done alone,” says Roth, “but is the result of us working together.”  (570.970.8888, www.maitresdutemps.com)

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