Manufactura 1528

Handcrafted in Le Locle at the Manufacture

This model aims to reinvent a classic: a "three-hands" manual winding watch indicating the hour, minute and seconds. These are supplemented by an uncommon function: a service indicator. In a discreet window at 12 o'clock, the enameled gold oil drop symbol will appear after four years in operation, when the watch must be serviced. The fully redesigned movement is equipped with an exclusive escapement – developed, made and set in-house – whose frequency (28,800 vibrations/hour) makes for high precision. Each of the main movement parts has been machined from solid gold (of three different grades: yellow gold, red gold and palladium white gold) and from solid Pt 950 platinum, a material never previously worked in this way in the field of watchmaking. These components were then decorated by hand, as were the bridges visible via the sapphire case-back, the finely hand-engraved pattern on which was inspired by the repertoire of the Renaissance decorative arts. The pattern on the dial is a modern interpretation of Renaissance church bell tower clocks. It was made from grand feu enamel, on a champlevé gold base with enamel backing, a technique requiring the enamel powder to be melted at over 800°C.