The Swiss watchmaker again showcases its renowned savoir-faire principally through the integration of a brand new feature of its Tourbillon line from the La Chaux-de-Fonds collection – the mighty Tourbillon PSR 122.00 movement, which succeeds the Tourbillon Volant (TSE 121.00), originally presented at Baselworld 2016.
This year’s new launch, the Tourbillon Petite Seconde Rétrograde (TSE PSR 122.00), is true to the proud lineage and values of Schwarz Etienne: notably quality, authenticity and an utmost respect for watchmaking tradition.
Independence in its creative process, a vertical approach to production, and a constant quest for innovation are the striking features of the canvas Schwarz Etienne paints today.
The display of the off-centered hours and minutes at 04:00 emphasizes the beauty and elegance of the carefully constructed sanded finish, from the “flat” surface of the bridge whose left-hand side houses the SE logo.
The reading of the hours and the small seconds draw our attention to the natural fine stone dial, whose hour points are in SLN. This elegant, emerald green dial is made of Aventurine, a form of quartz, rendering it both brilliant and truly distinctive. This fine stone hails from Murano, the famed region of the Venetian Lagoon. Integration of the latter requires extreme care in its processing, chiefly because its cutting and shaping demand extreme delicacy, dexterity and skill. A stone which is conceived by the addition of copper oxide in the glass.
The dial proposed on the second model in rose gold, is made of Specular Hematite, a fine stone, glittering anthracite in colour and effect, and only recently extracted from mines in the Ural Mountains.
The “animated” part of the dial brings us directly to the irreversible micro-rotor, decentered at 09h00, which succeeds in bestowing the great complexity of this timepiece of exception and audacity, in a combination of the most ingenious mechanics. Above the micro-rotor one finds the retrograde small second display at 11h00.
Both models of the Tourbillon PSR are available either with a steel box, a decentered hour-minute dial and the small seconds in Aventurine green; or, alternatively, with a box in 5N rose gold, hourminute dial and small seconds in Hematite Specularite in glittering anthracite. The bracelet is formed of a full-skin alligator strap and lined with alligator in complementary colours.