The hand-wound Badollet La Stellaire uses ultra-expensive materials, including those that came from outer space. Well, technically all molecules that comprise our bodies and objects around us came from outer space. They were bred inside old stars and then dispersed throughout the Universe as exploding supernovae were spitting their own guts only to be used to form new star systems (or something like that.) Some of those elements failed to become parts of new planets and kept traveling across the galaxy only to smash into Earth at some point in time in a form of a fairly expensive metal meteorite.
From the practical point of view, there is no difference between a mineral or a metal that came from the Russian Ural Mountains and the same material that traveled in space for million years before hitting our mother planet at an enormous speed with 90 percent of its mass totally vaporized when the meteorite pierced the atmosphere.
However, like a golden Zippo lighter that was used by F.D. Roosevelt is light years away from the same object owned by a Texas oil tycoon, the extraterrestrial material is not just an alloy or a gem.
It has a history behind it. It is in a short supply, like the rusty sheet metal from RMS Titanic that lies on the ocean floor and is not as readily accessible as some retired ship waiting to be sold as scrap metal.
Well, that’s why Badollet, the centuries-old brand that came into oblivion in the XIX century but was successfully resurrected a couple of years ago decided to use metal from the famous Cape York meteorite to make the baseplate of the BAD1630 hand-wound movement.
And that’s why the tourbillon carriage of the movement has also been adorned with olivine gems that, while readily available here on Earth, were outsourced from some other celestial body that happened to hit our planet.
To provide a better view of the heavenly baseplate, La Stellaire’s engine-turned dial has a huge cut-out in its northern and western parts.
The opaline-colored dial is further adorned with 72 baguette-cut diamonds and 12 sapphires totaling 2.67 carats. You can’t see it on the pictures, but, besides the tourbillon, as well as leaf-shaped rhodium-plated hour and minute hands, the La Stellaire Tourbillon also has a power reserve indicator, which is only visible through the timekeeper’s sapphire case back.
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Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Badollet La Stellaire Tourbillon specification
Movement: Hand-wound, Caliber BAD1630, 29.90 mm in diameter, 21,600 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Set with olivine gems
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon, power reserve
Power reserve: 120 hours (5 days)
Case: 150 palladium-coated white gold
Size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: 24.00 mm
Dial: Openworked gold base, opaline-colored
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Entirely hand-stitched black alligator leather strap with a folding clasp in 150 palladium-coated white gold
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Sapphire, extra-hard