Established by a master-watchmaker Martin Braun, the young brand Antoine Martin is going to officially present its first manufacture-made Quantieme Perpetual QP01.700.1 model that sports brilliantly designed Big Date and Perpetual Calendar complications.
If the brand’s name sounds familiar to you, fret not: it’s not a case of deja vu: there indeed was such watchmaking company before it was devoured in 2007 by Frank Muller: another watchmaking specialist that tried to expand their portfolio by acquiring smaller brands (about a year ago they even bought Luch Watch Plant based in Minsk, Belarus hoping for government incentives and who knows what else.) At some point in time, Frank Muller got into financial troubles, Martin Braun as a brand seized to exist, while Martin Braun as a person moved on (yes, the man literally moved on from Germany to Switzerland) and established a new company MHO AG (Manufacture Horlogerie Obwalden) that is now based in Lucerne area.
Although the current economic climate doesn’t favor the emergence of new brands, the master-watchmaker 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 comes equipped with a modified “Swiss lever escapement” design.
Called HPE (High-Performance Escapement,) the module includes non-magnetic silicium parts that greatly increase the timekeeper’s accuracy.
Since a typical perpetual calendar 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 mechanism 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 Quantieme Perpetual is presented in a massive-looking case whole 46 millimeters in diameter.
The timekeeper’s dial features a 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 impressive, further underlining the “imperial” theme.
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 and will go on sale later this year.
Photos: Antoine Martin
Antoine Martin Quantieme Perpetual QP01.700.1 specification
Movement: Hand-wound, Calibre AM 39.001, 60 jewels, 18,000 vph, 324 parts, twin mainsprings, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Decorated by hand
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, big date, perpetual calendar
Power reserve: 144 hours
Case: Black DLC-coated Stainless steel / Rose gold / White gold
Size: 46.00 mm
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective