Watches: Maîtres du Temps Chapter Two Classique

By Thierry Ané on September 15, 2014

Five years ago, the second chapter of the collaborative projects that form the essence of Maîtres de Temps was born. In red gold or white gold, this tonneau-shaped model developed by Daniel Roth and Peter Speake-Marin retained the use of the cylinders that have somehow become the essential DNA of the brand.

Thanks to this ingenious system, the Chapter Two was able to offer the most legible mechanical calendar in the world. Indeed, the self-winding SHC01 calibre features a large date in a circled window at 12 o’clock and sends the day of the week and month indications on two innovative high-precision cylinders above and below the dial to leave it uncluttered for the time indications: large central hours and minutes and a small seconds at 6 o’clock.

This instantaneous triple calendar system is the only one able to display the day of the week and month in full letters on a wristwatch thanks to these two rollers manufactured in Anticorodal, an alloy of manganese, aluminium and magnesium which resists to oxidation and corrosion. Their decoration is an extremely delicate and time consuming process that only a manufacture with the immense expertise of Maîtres de Temps could master.

Housed in a beautiful and highly complex tonneau-shaped case inspired by the Art Deco movement, the Chapter Two received the success it deserved among collectors and several interpretations have been introduced since the first model with a black sunray guilloché dial and silver overlapping chapters for the hours and minutes and small seconds. Whether in white or blue sunray guilloché with a diamond-set case or simply with a gorgeous red gold guilloché dial, the Chapter Two has never failed to retain its natural elegance.

On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the launch of the original Chapter Two model, the manufacture is proud to introduce the purest version so far: the so called “Chapter Two Classique” available in white gold or red gold. This new version retains the 58 x 42 mm distinctive and perfectly polished tonneau-shaped case with a thickness of 16 mm. It is mounted on black alligator and secured by a folding buckle in the same material as the case. What sets the “Chapter Two Classique” apart from previous iterations, though is the purity of its dial design.

Indeed, for the very first time in this collection, the brand got rid of the guilloché dial and opted for an extremely refined black opaline surface. The big overlapping chapters are gone too: only a subtle railway track remains to form the small seconds dial. The railway minutes track is also more visible relative to previous models and no longer placed on the outer edge of the dial. Long indices in solid gold now indicate the hours and enhance the overall purity of the watch.

This new Art Deco dial perhaps underlines even more strongly the architectural aspects of this Chapter Two. It brings an extremely understated touch to a watch housing an exquisite Haute Horlogerie movement. A very convincing way to celebrate the fifth anniversary of this exquisite model!

For more information please visit the Maîtres du Temps web site.

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