Maitres du Temps is not your typical watch brand developed over centuries such as the likes of Breguet, Rolex… The brand has been founded in 2005 by Steven Holtzman and has been launched its first watch in 2008; its concept is based on the collaboration of the best in class watchmakers in the world such as Christophe Claret, Peter Speake-Marin, Daniel Roth and Andreas Strehler
Today, Maitres du Temps has already achieved what it calls 3 Chapters in its watchmaking Book. I will be only going over Chapter 1 for today, it is already bedazzling to explore this brand, that I honestly knew little about few weeks ago.
Chapter 1 was a collaboration between Peter Speake Marin and Christophe Claret
This watch is a true inspiration in terms of its precision, inventive mechanism and extreme complication with over 558 components. There is no wristwatch today that offers you a Tourbillon with mono-pusher column wheel chronograph, retrograde date indicator, and retrograde GMT, as well as moon phase at the top of the watch in a roll shape and day of the week on their own rolling bars at the bottom of the watch. It comes with no surprise that this masterpiece is retailed at USD 400,000!!!!! Yes my friends, Genius costs a lot 🙂
The display of the watch is very complicated and charged with information; the central hands indicate the hours and minutes, the 60 minute counter is positioned at 12 o’clock, while the Retrograde date is at 3 o’clock and the Retrograde GMT at 9 o’clock. The beautiful one minute tourbillon is marvelously positioned at 6 o’clock; there are two uniquely designed rollers that i have never seen on any other watch before that add to the beauty of the Chapter 1: the Day of the week indicator roller is at 6 o’clock and the precise moon phase indication on roller is at 12 o’clock
There are Two-position winding crown: pushed in to wind the watch and pulled out to set the time. The Chronograph start/stop/return-to-zero function is activated by single pusher in the crown
The watch is equipped with a Hand-sewn alligator strap with 18K gold deployant buckle in our example
There are two more chapters produced in collaboration with Daniel Roth (Chapter 2) and kari Voutilainen & Andreas Strehler (Chapter 3).. I will talk more about those two in later posts.. For the time being just admire those beauties and think which house to sell to be able to acquire one of them 🙂