Saint-Honore, a French jeweler that also happens to have a Swiss-based watchmaking operation, has recently presented its Saint-Honore Charlelie The Line limited edition wristwatch. Designed by Charlelie Couture, a French musician and, um, “multi-disciplinary artist,” the gadget offers a relatively affordable entrance into the world of timepieces that successfully combine good build quality and original exterior: a combination that is not that easy to come by when your budget is limited at €1500.
I am not very familiar with Charlelie Couture‘s works, but it seems like some people are. At least, the French jewelry and watchmaker Saint Honore has apparently decided that Couture’s name is loud enough to justify the risk of offering a limited edition timepiece that was created in cooperation with the painter and musician who was born in France, but now lives (and, if the results fetched by some fast googling are to be trusted, has some fun) in the United States of America.
Judging by the looks of it, the watch is based on a relatively inexpensive Saint-Honore Orsay collection of gents watches that normally retails well below the €1000 mark. In order to justify the price increase, the jeweler decided to swap the original quartz caliber, which is standard for this line, with a bit more refined ETA 2824-2 automatic caliber.
Although not particularly unique (well, I am putting it mildly here: the mechanism powers literally dozens of millions of “Swiss made” watches currently in circulation,) the industry work horse nevertheless offers robust performance and bullet-proof design: it usually takes a really good effort to ruin the movement by years of neglect and abuse.
Although SH doesn’t state this specifically, the movement seems to be coming in either “Top” or “Elaboree” grade with its bridges and plates decorated with Cotes de Geneva motif and featuring a Saint-Honore logo on its winding rotor.
Of course, what is the most interesting about this watch, it is the white lacquered line that runs from the upper part of the case through the dial and ends on the lower part.
Not sure that I understood the message of the French painter (it sort of reminds the famous picture of an armadillo that was run-over by a car and then painted-over by a lazy work crew, and something tells me, that the poor animal indeed was the source of inspiration here) but the decoration looks very energetic and even daring, like a powerful sports car speeding on a winding wet motorway.
The dark grey dial and the matt black PVD-treated case with orange accents provide an extremely good background for “The Line.”
Of course, this watch is light years away from real haute horlogerie masterpieces, but as an accessory, it is simply gorgeous. Gorgeous in its simplicity, right.
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Saint-Honore Charlelie The Line limited edition automatic watch specification
Price: €1500 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber ETA 2824-2, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph, automatic, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, date
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case material: Stainless steel, black PVD
Bezel material: Stainless steel, black PVD
Case shape: Square
Bezel shape: Square
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Dark grey and black
Hands: Steel, painted in orange
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire