The newborn Swiss brand established by a master watchmaker Martin Braun (who also happens to own a watch brand of the same name) is going to officially present its first manufacture-made Antoine Martin Quantieme Perpetual QP01.700.1 hand-wound watch with Big Date and Perpetual Calendar complications.
Although current economic climate doesn’t seem to favor the emergence of new brands, Martin Braun, a Swiss-based watchmaker of German descent that has invested about two years of his life in designing his own movement, is now ready to take the risk.
While most new companies tend to invest the lion’s share of capital into promoting their baby brands, Mr. Braun seemingly decided to spend the money at what he knows best: a highly sophisticated, yet highly accurate movement.
The Calibre AM 39.001 hand-wound movement that powers the new watch comes equipped with a modified Swiss lever escapement.
Called HPE (High Performance Escapement,) the module includes non-magnetic silicium parts that greatly increase the timekeeper’s accuracy.
Since a typical perpetual calendar watch needs a lot of energy to run, the AM 39.001 also features a twin-mainspring design for its winding system. Working together, the pair of barrels stores enough energy to keep the watch running for as long as 144 hours (6 days) after being fully wound.
The movement also boasts an extra-large balance wheel. Crafted in Grade 5 titanium, both light and rigid, it features an impressive diameter of 17.5 mm!
There is still no info as to the physical dimensions of the movement, but, according to the young brand’s press release, the movement is huge. That’s why the watch is presented in a massive-looking case whole 46 millimeters in diameter.
The timekeeper’s dial features a very brutal decoration with bold Roman numerals, a big date indicator at 6 o’clock, a day/night display at 9 o’clock and a leap year indicator at 12 o’clock.
The vertical apertures for the day and month indicators at 10 and 2 o’clock look very impressive, further underlining the “imperial” theme of the watch.
Not sure, how much Mr. Martin Braun plans to ask for this beautiful timekeeper, but the price will surely be high.
The Antoine Martin Quantieme Perpetual QP01.700.1 will be officially presented at the end of the month during Baselworld 2011 international trade show.
Photos: Antoine Martin
Antoine Martin Quantieme Perpetual QP01.700.1 hand-wound watch specification
Movement: Manual, Calibre AM 39.001, 60 jewels, 18,000 vph, 324 parts, twin mainsprings, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, big date, perpetual calendar
Power reserve: 144 hours
Case material: Black DLC-coated Stainless steel / Rose gold / White gold
Bezel material: Black DLC-coated Stainless steel / Rose gold / White gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 46.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Water resistance: N/A
Strap: Leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire