The young Turkish brand, which is currently based in Switzerland, has recently presented its new Peter Tanisman Carrousel Fantasia Porpora ladies watch that, while not as flashy as the 2010 Cartier Tourbillon and Crocodile Calibre 9458 MC, still offers a very interesting exterior. Its only problem? It combines hundreds of precious stones with an expensive 18-carat white gold case, and… a cheap quartz movement. Ah, okay.
Officially entering the high jewelry and watchmaking business only some three or four years ago, the Swiss brand Peter Tanisman uses the same tactics as more established brands that exist for dozens (or even hundreds) of years.
The brands in question simply take a (presumably) well-selling model and keep reintroducing it with new and new combinations of colors and materials. The tactics works, since you get an endless stream of “new” models without actually spending money on designing and advertising new models and/or retooling your assembly lines.
Peter Tanisman tries to do the same.
At least, I came to this conclusion looking at this new Peter Tanisman Carrousel Fantasia Porpora ladies quartz watch.
Like the previous iterations of the model, the new Fantasia Porpora is presented in a strangely H-shaped 18-carat white gold case. Being 41 millimeters in length and 30 millimeters in width, the movement almost completely covers a wrist of a well-proportionate lady. However, measuring only 8 millimeters in height, the watch doesn’t really look massive, which is good.
The case is still stuffed with 161 baguette-cut diamonds that literally cover every square millimeter of its surface. The signature “mobile cylinder” (I still don’t have no idea about its purpose) is also here and it is, too, set with dozens of diamonds and rubies.
Like the previous versions, the new watch is, too, powered by a simple ETA E01.701 quartz movement. The mechanism allowed Peter Tanisman to get rid of the setting crown: yes, the time here is corrected with a set of tiny push-pieces. Some may find this not terribly convenient, but I actually like the idea.
In fact, the only difference between the new watch and the last year’s model is the chosen color scheme: equipped with a white satin strap with red leather underside, the new watch ditches the emeralds and blue sapphires of the last year in favor of diamonds and rubies totaling 1.2 and 1.05 carats respectively.
Giving the young Swiss watchmaker its due, I must admit that this watch was not designed to impress anyone with its horological or collector’s value. Its only purpose is to fit well an evening dress and a pair of earrings or a pendant, and it will probably do its job well. Enough said.
Photos: Peter Tanisamn
Peter Tanisman Carrousel Fantasia Porpora quartz ladies watch specification
Price: TBD, very expensive
Movement: ETA E01.701, quartz, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 3
Movement frequency: N/A
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: Approximately 48 months
Case material: 18-carat white gold set with 161 baguette-cut diamonds (approximately 10.86 carats)
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: N/A
Case shape: H-shaped
Bezel shape: Square
Case size: 41.00 mm x 30.00 mm
Case height: 8.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Dial: White mother-of-pearl, set with diamonds (0.36 ct) and rubies (0.29 ct)
Hour markers: None
Water resistance: 30 m
Strap: White satin with a red leather underside, 18-carat white gold pin buckle set with 178 diamonds (1.51 carats)
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid