CHAUMET @ New Watches Collection

Since 1998, when it was created, the Class One has achieved the status of the ultimate Sport Chic watch, as the first jewellery diving timepiece. In 2012, High Watchmaking meets High Jewellery. The Class One, endowed with a tourbillon escapement mechanism, considered to be the most ingenious of watchmaking complications, is adorned with a breath-taking array of precious stones. Each watch is embellished with an exceptional selection of 558 stones representing a total weight of over 25 carats.  There are two unique pieces; diamond and blue sapphire or diamond and ruby and two limited editions of four pieces each in white diamonds and black diamonds.

Each version presents an XL size 42 mm case in white gold which is entirely set with calibre baguette-cut stones from the bezel to the side of the case, including the horns and crown. The dial, set with invisible-setting baguette-cut diamonds, features a tourbillon cage enhanced with a baguette contour at 11 o’clock. On the reverse, the sapphire glass on the case-back reveals the automatic mechanism CP12V-X Zénith for Chaumet with an oscillating weight that is engraved with the Class One motif and set with a row of stones that match those on the bezel. These models are presented on an integrated alligator strap with a white gold folding buckle paved with baguette-cut diamonds and precious stones.
The Arty edition offers a new version of the Dandy watch, launched in 2009. The classic dial disappears to reveal the movement plate, black lacquered and surrounded by an extra-large audacious flange. Telling the time becomes horizontal with the hours and minutes positioned on one side of the dial, at 9 o’clock, and the small second’s indicator on the other, at 3 o’clock. The cushion-shaped case pays tribute to pocket watches and the crown is positioned at 12 o’clock. Today, CHAUMET ventures further into bold design with an Arty watch that is even more surprising than ever. The Maison’s jewellery savoir-faire adorns it with two new flanges in ornamental stones, protected by a sapphire glass. Indeed, the snowflakes of the Snow Obsidian model or the golden hues of Tiger’s Eye continue their journey towards the hours, minutes and second. A miracle of nature, each ornamental stone motif is one of a kind which makes each Dandy Arty edition Open Face unique. The watchmaking savoir-faire of the Maison transforms it into a living spectacle.

The movement plate has been skilfully cut-out to reveal a section of the mechanism’s bridge as well as the perpetual rotation of the second’s wheel. On the reverse, the case-back unveils, through a sapphire glass that has been engraved with the emblematic Dandy striped motif, the automatic rewinding mechanism designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht for CHAUMET, featuring an oscillating weight adorned with the Dandy tapisserie motif. Snowy Obsidian and steel or Tiger’s Eye and pink gold are the two original duos presented for this bold new Dandy Arty, edited in two limited series of 12 and 18 pieces and equipped with a black patent leather strap with a striped satin decor and folding buckle.

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