At Baselworld 2011, the Monaco-based watchmaking brand will present its new Ateliers DeMonaco Quantieme Perpetual limited edition automatic watch that makes setting the perpetual calendar (a task always tricky to accomplish) ridiculously EaZy.
As you must have already guessed, “EaZy” is the name of the new patented calendar adjusts system, which is employed in the new watch.
Although it is sort of odd to see such a frivolous name employed by a brand of such pedigree (yes, I understand that the brand is still in its infancy, but I still would be more comfortable seeing this sort of naming from a company selling garden tools and -nursing- home appliances rather than high-end wristwatches) the system behind the name seems to be quite serious.
According to the watchmaker, to set the perpetual calendar, you only need to press the pusher on the fluted crown -it basically works in the same fashion as your normal monopusher chronograph- until the hand on the sub-dial at 6 o’clock reaches the desired position: “Date,” “Day,” “Month” or “Week.”
Then you simply adjust each respective display by turning the crown. Easy? Okay, maybe not as easy as a set of dedicated buttons on the case fro each display, but, well… EaZy!
I guess this is indeed the simplest adjustment system that I have ever heard of. I hope, it will be reliable, too.
Speaking of reliability, there is also a special safety system that prevents accidental damage to the movement while setting the calendar. Even if you happen to change current day or date at midnight, the movement will stay intact.
Another interesting thing about the calendar is that it is equipped with an instant date change system. Normally, the energy needed to turn four wheels on a full calendar watch is just too overwhelming for your normal garden-variety caliber and that’s why movements like ETA 775x family and their numerous derivatives often take painfully long to gradually roll-over respective wheels.
Here, the problem seems to be solved thanks to a stronger (and probably longer) mainspring that is not only able to store enough energy, but also to instantaneously release it to accomplish the task.
I must admit that the way the whole system works looks very satisfying, especially for a watch that seriously undercuts your normal perpetual calendar from the point of view of recommended street pirce.
Equipped with a high-tech silicium escapement, the movement is also quite precise allowing for tolerances between 1 and 4 seconds per day.
The watch will be sold in a rose gold or titanium case 43 mm in diameter and 13 mm in height. Pricing starts at €26,800.
Photos: Ateliers DeMonaco
Ateliers DeMonaco Quantieme Perpetual automatic watch specification
Price: €26,800 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Skeletonized rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day, week, month, year
Power reserve: No data
Case material: 18-carat Rose gold / Titanium
Bezel material: 18-carat Rose gold / Titanium
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 13.00 mm
Dial: Silvered or Slate Grey
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather with deployant clasp in rose gold or titanium
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire