Romain Gauthier Prestige HMS Red Gold MON00009
The dial of Prestige HMS is a harmonious composition of circles and arcs. Hours and minutes are clearly legible in the large sub-dial at 12 o’clock engraved with the R. Gauthier logo, while cut-outs in the main dial reveal the intricate workings of the precision micro-mechanics of the in-house movement beneath.
The visible, oscillating balance wheel at 7 o’clock and open seconds wheel at 5 o’clock add vibrancy and animation to an already rich visual experience of mechanics, texture, colour and composition.
The graceful 41mm diameter case is distinguished by pure, clean, unbroken lines around its full perimeter. However, it is the absence of a normal crown that reveals just how remarkable the movement is.
Placing the crown flat on the caseback increases winding efficiency because energy does not need to be transmitted through 90°. It also reduces wear and stress on components. The large diameter of the crown also enables the watch to be easily wound, even while on the wrist.
While the dial side treats the observer to a partial view of the movement – which was entirely conceived, developed, designed, produced, assembled and regulated by Manufacture Romain Gauthier – it is through the display back that this in-house calibre is fully showcased, with virtually every component bearing Romain Gauthier’s distinctive touch.
The Vallée de Joux style finger bridges catch both the light and the eye with their seductive polished curves. The bespoke gear wheels feature circular arms providing both elegance and strength; the polished screw heads bear a unique s-slot, enabling more torque to be applied during assembly.
With its distinctive curved arms and calibrated eccentric weights, the balance wheel has been designed and manufactured by Romain Gauthier. The regulator even features a high-efficiency triangular pallet lever, another Romain Gauthier invention.
The large movement bridge at the top has a cut-out revealing some of the mainspring barrel and ratchet click. The cut-out features highly polished, sharp internal bevelled angles – this anglage is the hallmark of superlative hand finishing. Indeed, as many as 60 hours have been devoted to hand-decorating the movement – even those components that are not on show.
Prestige HMS Ten is available in three editions: in 18k white gold, in 18k red gold and in 950 platinum.
|Hours, minutes, sectorial seconds
|41mm case in 18k red gold
|Manual winding via caseback crown
|Power Reserve :
|60-hour power reserve