In a recent article for World Tempus, highly respected international watch writer Beth Doerr (read our interview with her here) suggested that the tourbillon’s time in the spotlight may have come to an end and consequently the focus must shift to the further enhancement of other complications, such as the Perpetual Calendar. We couldn’t agree more and it seems we’re not the only ones, as evidenced by the new Quantieme Perpetual – QP-EZ from Ateliers deMonaco which will be on show at this year’s Basel World.
Taking It One Step Further
According to Beth’s article however, it’s not enough to just incorporate a perpetual calendar complication into the timepiece. The focus must be on the innovation and improvement of the complication, to enhance the overall final result for the end user; you. That is why prior to commencing the construction of the mechanism for the new QP-EZ the engineers and watchmakers at Ateliers deMonaco asked themselves the question; “how can we improve this complication?”
After a great deal of brainstorming (and good natured arguing no doubt) they came up with five broad areas for improvement:
– EaZy to adjust
Delivering On The Promise
Now all this sounds good on paper but what does it mean in reality for the wearer? Well for a start to improve readability the brand elected to use large windows for the date display instead of hands which are often found on more traditionally designed timepieces. Precision has been improved to a tolerance of just 1 – 4 seconds daily thanks in part to the use of a silicum escape wheel.
To satisfy the reliability requirement the brand has engineered a specially designed safety system to avoid damage to the calendar mechanism when changing the functions. A further safety system has also been inserted to avoid damage to the calendar mechanism when turning the hands counterclockwise. To ensure that the piece is always up-to-date the functions have been designed to change at the same time instantaneously between 2 minutes before and two minutes after midnight.
What is perhaps most impressive however, is the patented EaZy to adjust system developed by the brand. This clever little piece of machinery allows the wearer to easily adjust any of the calendar settings individually by simply pulling the crown into the 2nd position and turning clockwise until they have selected the function to be adjusted (i.e. time, date, day, etc.). The function chosen is indicated within a sub-dial at 6’oclock so you can quickly identify what it is that you are about to change. Once you have made your selection simply return the crown to the 1st position and then press the mono-pusher crown to make the required changes.
The QP-EZ will be made in a limited edition of just 88 pieces, and the 43mm case will be offered in Titanium, 18K Rose or White-gold. The exhibition case back reveals curved chamfered and hand guilloche decoration on the bridges and a hand engraved bi-colored solid gold 18K rotor. On the front side we find a multi layered Titanium-tinted dial with a deep sun-ray pattern engraving on the base and deMonaco formed index markers on hour-ring, complete with white gold hands.
Pretty impressive really when you consider the retail price is a very reasonable €26,800 (approximately US$37,400.)
The Final Word
The new Quantieme Perpetual – QP-EZ from Ateliers deMonaco has really gotten our attention because it embodies everything a top quality luxury timepiece should be; functional, well-made and attractive. If you have been looking for a perpetual calendar to add to your collection or are simply in the market for a fine timepiece we encourage you to include this piece on your list of contenders as it really is something special.
For more information please visit: www.atelier-demonaco.com