Chaumet is renowned for collaborating with master watchmakers to create truly stunning and unique timepieces, like the new Marc Alfieri Tourbillon.
Bold And Beautiful
This new watch represents an ethos shared by both jeweler and designer, ‘be bold’. Chaumet claims that the piece was designed with four key objectives in mind: the quest for the exceptional, the affirmation of powerful designs, complete design freedom and an uncompromising approach to watchmaking.
I’m not so sure if they have achieved all of that but the end result is an undeniably stunning yet subtle piece. The watch is presented in trademark Chaumet subdued codes and colors; a smooth black dial is complemented by the black titanium case with white gold highlights. The azure blue finishing provides a nice contrast to what is a rather busy dial and accentuates the diamond setting around the tourbillion carriage.
Powering this unique collaboration is a manual-winding mechanical movement, caliber TM 01, tourbillion which features a carbon-fiber main plate and an X-shaped bridge in blue PVD for a macroscopic vision of carbon-fiber.
There is a single push-button and single counter fly-back chronograph, second time zone, day/night indicator of second time zone, vertical indicator of power reserve and a vertical accuracy indicator (“trust index”)
The watch is presented with two straps, one in alligator skin and the other in a high-tech fabric and comes in a numbered presentation case.
The Final Word
The watch almost has a sort of sporty feel to it which is rather unusual in my opinion given that only someone of excessive wealth would have the nerve to wear such a watch for sporting occasions. However, given the caliber of the piece and its highly limited production of only 12 pieces I would suggest excessive wealth is a prerequisite to purchase.
No doubt a stunning collaboration, this piece whilst in its own right impressive simply does not suit my tastes.
How about you?