The Maitres du Temps Chapter Two

in New Releases | Sunday, September 20. 2009

It seems like only yesterday the world of timepiece enthusiast were eagerly anticipating the arrival of the Maitres du Temps Chapter One watch. Now in what seems like such a short amount of time Chapter Two is upon us, and what a beautiful chapter it is. This is only the second watch from the still new Maitres du Temps watch brand, a brand launched by industry veterans Steven Holtzman, Mr. Christophe Claret, Mr. Roger Dubuis, Mr. Peter Speake-Marin, and now including Daniel Roth. And once again they do not disappoint, the Chapter Two is a stunning representation of the world of luxury watches.

The Chapter Two's tonneau shaped case is crafted in 18 carat red gold, and measures 52mm tall, 42mm wide, by 18mm thick and is constructed from 30 components. The watch is highly polished with satin finishes on compound-curve surfaces. It has six sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating The dial is silver and is multi-faceted and beveled with an engine-turned sun-ray guilloche and circular grain satin surfaces. Time is indicated by sword-shaped 18 carat red gold hands with diamond-cut facets that point to large Roman numeral markers. My favorite detail from this and the Chapter One are the rollers made from black anodized aluminum and displaying teh day and month. The strap on the watch is made from hand-sewn alligator and completed with an 18 carat red gold deployant buckle.

The watch houses a caliber SHC01 automatic winding mechanical movement which measures 45mm tall, 32mm wide, and 9mm thick comprised of 383 parts. Large, and though less complicated than the Chapter One watch, it is still nicely packed with complications like the "triple date" showing day, big date, and month. The watch also shows hours, minutes, and seconds and has three correctors. The day corrector on case back bottom, the month corrector on case back top and the big date corrector on side of case at the 2 o'clock position. Price for the Chapter Two watch will be much less than the Chapter One as it is less complicated, around $66,000.

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