A. Favre & Fils is a young brand created by a young man. Usually, this means a company that dies slowly and in much pain after presenting one or maybe two timekeepers of a rather outrageous exterior and mediocre internals. In this case, however, equipped with a nicely decorated in-house hand-wound movement and offering an unusual layout for the dial, their first timepiece, the Phoenix 10.1 Quantieme a Grand Affichage Rotatif, looks like a good bet for a bright and potentially prosperous future.
The Grand Affichage Rotatif sports a medium-sized round body 41 millimeters in diameter and 10.15 mm in height. Some may find it boring, but, to my taste, it is elegant and pleasantly formal.
Although there is also a version in rose gold (ref. 000-0044-AA,) to me, the version in 18-karat white gold looks the best. Perhaps, it is because the gray dial with a sunburst pattern on it looks especially great when combined with this noble metal. And the data display with a black background and white Arabic numerals makes the dial an even greater 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 a whole twenty display windows running in a line from 1 o’clock to 5 o’clock!
During the first nine days of the month, a small red arrow pointing at a respective digit on the outer, stationary part displays the current date. Then, the arrow hides under the dial’s face and is replaced with numeral 1, then 2, then 3. That is the reason for the “Affichage Rotatif” part in the 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 stunning when you first see them.
The main feast for the eyes, though, is served on the other side.
Clearly visible through a display back 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 features the usual circular-graining finish with heat-blued screws, and the rest of the parts have undergone chamfering, drawing, and circular graining before assembly.
Thanks to its twin parallel barrel design, the movement stores enough energy for it 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 specification
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: Rose gold (ref. 000-0044-AA) or White gold/Palladium
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