News: Presenting the New Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two Classique. Celebrating its 5th Anniversary.
On the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the launch of the Chapter Two Original, Maîtres du Temps - Atelier d’Horlogerie is proud to present the new Chapter Two Classique in red gold and white gold. This new model underlines even stronger the architectural aspect of the collection through its Art Deco inspired dial on which the bold indices majestically indicate the hours. The Chapter Two collection features an instantaneous triple calendar displayed in large format thanks to the innovative high precision cylinders that in fact makes it the most legible mechanical calendar wristwatch in the world. Its outstanding movement is imbedded in a shaped case that expresses the strength and character of this collection.
The technically revolutionary movement of the Chapter Two is the result of the unique know-how of Maîtres du Temps – Atelier d’Horlogerie and meets the highest requirement in terms of precision and performance. In particular, the driving mechanism of the cylinders required important cognitive development and innovative techniques. The performance of the instantaneous change of the big date and the displays positioned on the two cylinders at 6 o’clock for the day of the week and at 12 o’clock for the month, proves the quality of this innovative concept.
Chapter Two Classique features elegant central hour and minute hands in solid gold with diamond-cut facets finishing and a small second at 6 o’clock, the big date at 12 o’clock and the day and month indication in full words on their respective cylinders. The combination of the big date and the displayed days and months in full letters gives the Chapter Two a legibility never seen before on a triple calendar wristwatch. The Cylinders represent the essential DNA of Maîtres du Temps. They are manufactured in Anticorodal, an alloy of manganese, aluminum and magnesium which is resistant to oxidation and corrosion. The artisanal process of decoration of the cylinders requires several weeks of precise work, from the individual engraving of the day and month to the handmade coloring. Each step of the process needs a specific know-how and unique care.
Inspired by the architectural codes of the Art Deco style the dial reflects a supreme purity of the shapes. Everything is done to facilitate the legibility of time. Long indices in solid gold set on a smart Opalin finished surface clearly indicate the hours. This original dial strengthens the character of the timepiece and makes it look elegant and classic. The fluidity of the design of the distinctive tonneau shaped case hides its complex architecture and sophisticated design. Every single aspect of this timepiece is the result of refined and meticulous work: the inner lines of the lugs follow the wavy curves of the case giving it a unique harmony, while the day, date and month correctors have their functions engraved to facilitate their simple use.
Six specially shaped sapphire crystals with anti-reflective surface treatment —three on top of the case and three on the case back— offer a unique visual access on the cylinders and the movement mechanism.
Looking through the octagon-shaped sapphire crystal of the display back into the beautifully decorated movement within, the eye is immediately drawn to the richly engraved symbolically goblet-shaped rotor of the automatic winding system. The intricate pannier guilloche decorating the rotor’s center provides a noble counterpoint to the text around the rotor’s periphery that reads Masters and Their Craft—A Lifelong Pursuit of Excellence. “The goblet symbolizes the spirit of collaboration. It is the vessel where each of our Atelier watchmakers’ contribution is combined into a superb blend of talents and passions. The result is rich and unique,” says Steven Holtzman, founder of Maîtres du Temps - Atelier d’Horlogerie. The richly hand-decorated movement features a veritable melody of harmonious fine finishing, from the sunray Côtes de Genève on the bridges with their perfectly beveled edges, to the helical spirals and perlage on the mainplate, to the mirror-polished screw heads.
After 5 years of success, the Chapter Two Classique line complements and extends the Chapter Two collection. At the same time it reinforces the timeless character of these exceptional timepieces. And the Chapter Two story continues with the two horology masters behind this creation: Daniel Roth and Peter Speake-Marin.
Sticker Price $88,200 USD for 18K Red Gold and $90,300 USD for 18K White Gold. For more info on Maîtres du Temps click here.
The new Chapter Two Classique is also available in 18K white gold as shown below.
Technical Specifications of the Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two Classique
Instantaneous triple calendar, big date, day indication on high-precision cylinder, month indication on high-precision cylinder, small seconds, automatic winding mechanical movement.
Movement: Automatic Calibre SHC01 with symbolic goblet-shaped rotor in 22K gold, panier guilloche, and relief text. Composed of 338 parts, 32 jewels and which provides a power reserve of 50 hours while beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph. The calibre is finished with sun-ray Côtes de Genève, perlage, beveling, colimaçonnage, and polished screw heads.
Case: 18K red gold or 18K white gold composed of 49 components and measuring 58 mm x 42 mm x 16 mm. Case is fitted with three correctors as follows: Day corrector on case back bottom, Month corrector on case back top and Big date corrector on case band at 2 o’clock.
Dial: Smart Opalin surface finishing composed of 16 parts with diamond-cut applied hour indices, 18K gold diamond-cut faceted hands, in 18K gold and big date opening frame also in 18K gold.
Strap: Hand-sewn alligator leather strap with 18K gold deployant buckle.