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Vladimir Négault debuts with the Ataelier Haute Complication Dual Time

Every time we come throughout a brand new high-end watch venture, we’ve got a number of reactions. There’s bewilderment, scepticism, curiosity, pleasure, and as soon as we’ve understood what we’re and like what we see, dedication. Willpower to analyze additional, attain out to the individuals behind it, and try to get our arms on it so we will finally write a narrative. The identical response occurred after we discovered about Ataelier Haute Complication, a brand new break-out unbiased watchmaking atelier based by Vladimir Victor Négault. It won’t be a reputation that rings any bells simply but, however it’s certain to do sooner or later!

On a Friday afternoon, our very personal Xavier despatched a message with a brief video of this watch. We had been all intrigued about what we noticed, particularly given the hyperlink to F.P. Journe. Vladimir Victor Négault, the watchmaker who began Ataelier Haute Problems is, as he describes himself,  “a disciple of François-Paul Journe”. So the sport was on to write down an preliminary story and break the information to you, our expensive readers.

The fervour for watchmaking began when Vladimir Victor Négault was simply 12 years outdated, after assembly a 65-year-old rabbi who picked up his household’s commerce as a jeweller and watchmaker once more. By means of this steerage, and along with his first set of instruments, Vladimir found the fascinating historical past and know-how of watchmaking. He would even arrange an improvised workbench at dwelling, engaged on pocket watches, wristwatches and alarm clocks.

In 1994, working as an architect and 3D modeller, he met François-Paul Journe, who requested him to make a mannequin 3D solid for a Cartier bracelet. Two years later, Vladimir was engaged on dismantling, measuring, and remodeling historic singing chicken automata for a number of Swiss corporations. Ahead to 2004, François-Paul Journe requested to hitch him and develop 2D and 3D animated films explaining how problems and actions work. For 14 years, he would work in R&D for F.P. Journe, all of the whereas finding out watchmaking on the facet. By 2018 he was able to enterprise out on his personal and began the event of 5 totally different fashions based mostly on new and distinctive problems, the primary of which is now concerning the be launched.

Now, for these searching for all of the intricate little particulars and hands-on photos, that’s not what this story is about. Initially, at the very least. The Ataelier Haute Problems Twin Time is at the moment being developed as a prototype, so there’s no accomplished and dealing watch we will present you simply but. However, with growth nicely underway and funding being taken care of via his sold-out pre-series of 19 watches, Vladimir expects to be prepared shortly after the summer time. And as such, we wished to interrupt the information to you as quickly as we might.

Some specs and particulars are identified, although, so we will share a bit extra with you. The case, which clearly reveals the affect of his former employer, is fabricated from metal and measures 41mm in diameter and 9mm in top. Sandwiched between two sapphire crystals is a dial and motion we’ve by no means seen earlier than. The Twin Time will function an offset native time dial with a further dwelling time show within the high half of the watch. This space signifies the time at dwelling with a day & evening disc working beneath an arched aperture. The polished and blued arms for the native time rotate over a dial with massive numerals for 3/6/9/12.

So far as the motion goes, we perceive that every little thing is finished in-house. Vladimir does use components of the working gear and the stability wheel from a hand-wound ETA/Peseux 7001 motion, however the remainder is totally constructed in-house. The whole motion consists of 187 parts, together with 28 jewels. It runs at a price of 21,600vph and supplies 42 to 45 hours of autonomy as soon as totally wound (by hand). From what we will inform by the photographs, the ending is trying superb, however we’ll have to attend some time to make sure.

Now, there’s additionally a little bit of explaining wanted with regards to availability. The Ataelier Haute Problems Twin Time shall be made in a run of 99 items solely. Nevertheless, a particular pre-series of 19 prototypes may even be made, which helped fund the whole endeavour. These shall be individually numbered, with 0/19 remaining within the arms of Vladimir and Ataelier Haute Problems. The remaining 19 are bought out already, however watches from the run of 99 are nonetheless accessible. The worth for this very intriguing trying watch is a slightly surprising CHF 8,000.

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