A. Favre & Fils is a very young brand created by a young man. Usually, this means a “marque” that dies slowly after presenting one or maybe two timekeepers of rather outrageous exterior. Yet in this case, equipped with a very nicely decorated in-house hand-wound movement and offering quite an unusual design for the dial, their first timepiece, the A. Favre & Fils Phoenix 10.1 Quantieme a Grand Affichage Rotatif, looks like a good bet for a bright and potentially prosperous future.
The watch is supplied in a medium-sized round body 41 mm in diameter and 10.15 mm in height. Some may find it boring, but, to my taste, it looks quite elegant and pleasantly formal.
Although there is also a version in rose gold (ref. 000-0044-AA,) to me, the watch in 18-carat white gold looks the best. Perhaps, it is because the gray dial with sunburst pattern on it looks especially great when combined with this noble metal. And the data display with black background and white Arabic numerals makes the watch even more a pleasure to look at.
Pretty interesting here is the big date function. As you may easily guess looking at the pictures, there is not one or two, but whole twenty display windows running in a line from 1 o’clock to 5 o’clock!
During the first nine days of the month current date is displayed with a small red arrow pointing at a respective digit on the outer, stationary part of the display. Then, the arrow hides under the dial’s face and is replaced with numeral 1, then 2, then 3. That is the reason why the watch has “Affichage Rotatif” part in its name. It simply means “Rotating Display” in French.
Pretty interesting and attractive complication, that.
Among other points of interest here are the compass-shaped hour and minute hands that look quite stunning when you first see them.
The main feast for the eyes, though, is served on the back side of the timepiece.
Clearly visible through a display caseback covered with sapphire crystal is the DB 1334/1 HENRY hand-wound caliber, which is claimed to be made totally in-house.
Its bridges feature beautifully executed Rayons de la Gloire machine finish, the base plate is decorated with perlage, screws are blued, and the rest of the parts has undergone chamfering, drawing, and circular graining before assembly.
Thanks to its twin parallel barrel design, the movement stores enough energy for the watch to work for as long as 84 hours. Right between the spring barrels there is an inconspicuous power reserve indicator.
Photos: A. Favre & fils
A. Favre & Fils Phoenix 10.1 Quantieme a Grand Affichage Rotatif manual-wind watch specification
Price: Approx. $10,000 USD
Movement: Caliber DB 1334/1 HENRY, hand-wound, in-house, 28 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Functions: Hour, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 84 hours
Case material: Rose gold (ref. 000-0044-AA) or White gold/Palladium
Bezel material: Rose gold or White gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Case height: 10.15 mm
Dial: Anthracite gray, radial burst finish
Hands: Polished, white gold
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Authentic natural leather on pin buckle matching material of the case
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire