For the second straight year, Geneva Grand-Prix winning independent watchmaker Romain Gauthier will take part in WatchTime New York, on October 13-14 at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall (click here for event details and to purchase tickets). Read on to discover Gauthier’s showcase timepiece at the event, the Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor.
The watch’s signature feature — its bidirectional 22k gold micro-rotor – is visible both from the dial side and from the back. Rotating smoothly and silently and positioned between two bridges, this compact oscillating mass winds a double mainspring barrel to store an impressive 80 hours of power reserve. The barrels are series-connected in order to supply a more constant flow of power to the regulator.
The time is displayed on two off-center, overlapping subdials, both made of oven-fired enamel on an 18k gold — one for hours and minutes, the other for small seconds. Also showcased on the front of the timepiece are the movement’s balance, at 6 o’clock, which beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph; the circular cutout in the movement mainplate that frames the swaying micro-rotor; and a golden plaquette engraved with the Romain Gauthier “RG” logo. All of these elements are surrounded by curving, hand-beveled bridges that echo the contours of the 39.5-mm case, and covered by a bombe sapphire crystal that rises gradually toward 12 o’clock before steeply dropping again.
The back side of the watch is also dynamic, with the micro-rotor visibly setting into motion the gear train, starting with the reversing gear that controls the bidirectional winding mechanism. Also eye-catching are the beveled, circular arms of the gears and ratchets; the hand-made hand-polished bevels of the bridges; the countersinks for the movement’s 28 jewels, which are fixed in place by Romain Gauthier’s signature screws with “S”-shaped slots; and the linear plaquettes adorning the curvilinear-shaped bridges.
The Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor is available with either a rose-gold (pictured, with oven-fired blue enamel dial) or platinum case, with enamel dial options of white, black, or blue, each a limited edition of 10 pieces. Prices in Swiss francs range from CHF 75,000 to CHF 88,000. If you are interested in trying on this very exclusive timepiece for yourself, click here to reserve your spot at WatchTime New York 2017. Better yet: it’s been confirmed that the man behind the brand, Romain Gauthier himself (below) will be in attendance to introduce you to his collections and to answer questions from guests.