The new Armand Nicolet LL9 ladies watch is not just beautiful. It is also powered by a modified version of the historic (and rare) Fontainemelon Calibre FHF 905 automatic movement.
Since the movement has been discontinued for decades, the supply is limited at best and so is the new watch.
The Swiss watchmaker plans to limit the timekeeper’s production to only 500 pieces, which doesn’t make it super exclusive, but at least greatly diminishes chances of you (or your spouse) meeting another lady wearing the same timepiece.
It is not really clear what kind of alterations the caliber was subjected to, but I may guess that the modification was limited to re-decorating the old engine and removing one of its functions: the simple calendar module.
The movement is enclosed inside a mid-sized round case made of 316L stainless steel.
Although the choice of metal may scare off some customers, the case is finely polished and looks very dressy, especially when combined with 54 diamonds set on its round bezel.
Its three-dimensional dial features a pair of cut-outs at 4 and 7 o’clock, with the latter providing view at the balance wheel.
As you can see on the photos, the dial is decorated with applied Arabic numerals and set with five more diamonds serving as hour markers.
Very nice watch, indeed.
Photos: Armand Nicolet
Armand Nicolet LL9 automatic ladies watch specification
Price: $5400 (retail)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber AN704, based on Fontainemelon Calibre FHF 905, 21,600 vph, 26.00 mm in diameter, 5.20 mm in height, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Branded oscillating weight, perlage
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 34.00 mm (40.00 mm including lugs)
Lug width: 18.00 mm
Case height: 11.00 mm
Dial: Mother of pearl
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: White alligator with stainless steel folding clasp
Case back: Sapphire