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, the timepiece hides inside a complex hand-wound movement with flying tourbillon escapement, which is only visible through an ∞-shaped cutout on the back of the elegantly 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 dim shine of a 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 of the gadget is mostly dictated by the length of the 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 on 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 main spring 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.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 3.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 1/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
See also: Badollet La Stellaire Tourbillon
Badollet Ivresse Midnight Blue watch specification
Price: $220,000 USD (MSRP)
Movement: Manual (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
Number of jewels: No data
Movement frequency: 21,600 vph
Power reserve: 120 hours
Movement decoration: Hand-finished, “trembalge” engraving
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case material: 950 platinum
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Rectangular
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 53.80 mm x 30.00 mm
Case height: 12.30 mm
Lug width: 20.00 mm
Dial: Midnight Blue
Hour markers: Vertical slits
Hands: No data
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Full-grain alligator midnight-blue leather strap on a 950 platinum pin buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire, antireflective, ∞-shaped cutout