Created by Eric Giroud, a famous industrial designer who is responsible for many award-winning masterpieces produced by such brands as Harry Winston and MB&F, the new ultra-expensive Badollet Ivresse looks deceptively simple. However, inside its elegant platinum case hides a complex hand-wound movement with flying tourbillon escapement, which is only visible through an ∞-shaped cutout on the back of the sensually curved body.
There are watches and there are watches. Some of them, colorful and full of joy, are primarily associated with VW’s hippie vans. Others, grim and matt black, can only look good when accompanied by a tactical vest, a Glock 19 and an MP-5. There are watches that go well with pimped Cadillacs on low-profile rubber wrapped around chromed 22-inch rims, and others that are good with a trail-rated Wrangler covered in mud and dust.
This particular Badollet Ivresse can only look good with the new 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith grand tourer. The gorgeous Bugatti Veyron is too high-tech for it and the Bentley Continental is just too cheap. The association with the world of fast and luxurious motoring is partly enhanced with the shape of the riveted chapter ring that, thanks to its vertical slits, looks like a ventilated brake disk.
Its 950 platinum body emits that mystic glow that can never be confused with the dim shine of polished steel or conspicuous splendor of white gold. Its gracefully curved profile was designed to gently embrace a normal wrist so that, even despite measuring almost 54 millimeters in length, the watch wouldn’t look too large.
Of course, the size is mostly dictated by the length of the in-house Badollet 2012 hand-wound movement. Measuring 35 millimeters in length and 19.50 mm in width, it is also more than six millimeters thick and is, too, elegantly curved to match the profile of the body (a rare, if not unique, feature of the Ivresse).
As you can see in the picture below, the, um, body of the mechanism, which is, by the way, decorated using so-called “tremblage” engraving technique, is evenly shared by the mainspring barrel and the flying tourbillon carriage with the cone-shaped going train also clearly visible.
The mainspring must be pretty long since the watch features whole 120 hours of power reserve so that you will only need to wind it every four-five days or so without its accuracy suffering from the lack of power.
As you may have already guessed, Badollet plans to reveal this gorgeous object of art during Baselworld 2013 event.
See also: Badollet La Stellaire Tourbillon
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Badollet Ivresse Midnight Blue specification
Price: $220,000 USD (MSRP)
Movement: Hand-wound, Caliber Badollet 2012, in-house, 35.00 mm x 19.50 mm x 2.70 mm, domed, cone-shaped going train, flying tourbillon, Swiss Made
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 120 hours
Movement decoration: Hand-finished, “tremblage” engraving
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case, Bezel and Crown: 950 platinum
Bezel shape: Round
Dimensions: 53.80 mm x 30.00 mm x 12.30 mm
Lug width: 20.00 mm
Dial: Midnight Blue
Hour markers: Vertical slits
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Full-grain alligator midnight-blue leather strap on a 950 platinum pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Back: Sapphire, antireflective, ∞-shaped cutout