Like the recent Armand Nicolet LL9 ladies watch, the new Armand Nicolet L10 is powered by a modified historic movement that was manufactured 50 years ago by an almost forgotten Swiss ebauche maker Fabrique d’Horlogerie de Fontainemelon.
The movement in question is the FHF 72 from 1960s. Before installation, the hand-wound movement was equipped with Incabloc shock absorber, finished with perlage, decorated with Surface Vagues and gold engravings and renamed as AN710A.
Built on 17 rubies and comprising 98 parts, this is a relatively slow-beating movement with its balance wheel making 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour.
The case is installed in a rather compact stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter and only 8 mm in height (there will also be a two-toned version of the same dimensions with its winding crown and bezel made of 18-carat rose gold.)
The styling of the watch looks very much alike the new Girard-Perregaux 1966 Collection, mainly thanks to the baton-shaped applied hour markers and leaf-shaped hour and minute hands. I would like to think that this is not a rip off, but just a coincidence. Hm…
According to the company, the watch will be available in a choice of four dials (silver (pictured,) blue, black and grey) and four leather straps: brown, black, blue or grey alligator leather with 316L stainless steel buckle.
Photos: Armand Nicolet
Armand Nicolet L10 hand-wound watch specification
Movement: Manual, AN710A (base BHF 72,) 17 jewels, 21,600 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Perlage, bridges are decorated with Surface Vagues and gold engravings
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: 34 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel / Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: 8.00 mm
Dial: Silvered, Blue, Black, Grey
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black, blue, grey or brown alligator leather strap with steel buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire