The French fashion house Saint Honore has recently updated its line of mechanical timepieces with a massive, but energetic Saint Honore Haussman Forty7-24 Le Mans automatic chronograph watch.
If you are familiar with the marque, you must have already got the idea that the new watch belongs to their Haussman collection that offers timekeepers both for gentlemen and their ladies.
Always coming in massive-looking, cushion-shaped cases with round fixed bezel, which is bolted to the case with six screws, the pieces are available in different sizes ranging from 38 mm for the Haute Couture ladies watch to much more impressive 47 millimeters for this particular Forty7-24 Le Mans chrono.
In this particular instance, the choice of dimensions allowed St-H’s designers to make the watch more legible and equip it with oversized chronograph totalizers that -a rare thing today- seem to be actually usable.
By the way, the case is made of PVD-treated titanium, so, however massive, it still must be quite lightweight, especially compared to watch done in stainless steel or in solid gold.
The watch is equipped with a slightly modified ETA Valjoux 7750 natural-born self-winding chronograph movement and sports all its usual functions.
There is a small date window at 4 o’clock; small seconds display at 9 o’clock and a pair of chronograph totalizers at 12 and 6 o’clock.
The rims around the sub-dials, as well as the honeycomb-mesh motif on the silver-toned dial remind us of instruments clusters of sports cars. And the orange-colored hands make reading the data especially easy.
The hour and minute hands, as well as the rectangular hour markers are covered with milky-white Superluminova, so there will be no problem reading the watch at night.
The only thing that looks strange on this watch is the large Arabic numeral “15” at 3 o’clock. According to the French company’s press release, the numeral “recalls the start time for the mythical 24 Hours races: 15 hours (3 p.m.)”
The bad news is that Saint Honore Haussman Forty7-24 Le Mans is going to be issued as a super-limited edition of only 47 pieces.
There is still no info regarding its recommended price, but it certainly won’t be cheap*.
* UPDATE ON PRICE: I wasn’t able to find any official information regarding the Haussman Forty7-24 Le Mans’ MSRP, but what I did find was an online auction at Catawiki. While an auctioneer’s estimate for this watch was within €1050-€1400 range, the highest registered bidder offered only €750 for this timepiece. This basically tells us that, first, if you have already bought this watch at manufacturer’s recommended price, your luck is tough. Second, if you are interested in one of these timekeepers just for the “limited edition” sake, you should probably find one from a more reputable watchmaking brand. I am still fairly certain though that, if you are simply looking for a rare piece powered by a great caliber and don’t worry much about resale value and stuff, you should definitely at least consider one if you find it online in good condition and at a good price.
Photos: Saint Honore
Saint Honore Haussman Forty7-24 Le Mans automatic chronograph wrist watch specification
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA Valjoux 7750, 28,800 vph, 25 jewels, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Cotes de Geneva decoration
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 44 hours
Case material: Titanium PVD
Bezel material: Titanium PVD
Crown material: Matching case
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 47.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Hands: Orange, open-worked
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black leather strap with contrast orange stitching
Case back: Sapphire