Just a couple more weeks and Baselworld 2017 will reveal a watch specially designed by Andreas Strehler for world travelers.
Please, we beg of you, do not phone Andreas Strehler, do not pay him a visit in his workshop, or the watch will never be ready in time! He has been working on this project for a year and a half, and Baselworld 2017 is fast approaching. No one has yet been able to admire this unique new piece but we do already know its name: “Sauterelle Heures Mondiales”.
Four years after the creation of the Sauterelle watch line, obviously very high-end since it carries the Strehler name, this model will be the latest addition, boasting an innovative complication according to Andreas. “Everything started when a client asked me what I would do if I had to produce a ‘world time’ piece. I began thinking about this and came up with an idea for a version of the Sauterelle with this kind of complication”, he explains.
We are therefore going to find the traditional 41mm gold and platinum case in which the movement will have a proper constant force mechanism, ensuring extreme precision, regardless of the winding tension. However, on the dial, we discover at the 10 o’clock mark a small, off-center dial and, at the 8 o’clock mark, a terrestrial globe as seen from the North Pole, which revolves over 24 hours showing two sectors: day and night.
Our exploration continues in turning over the watch where the back of the case will boast a disk showing the name of 24 cities and indicating the time throughout the world using a rapid setting system.
While Andreas Strehler is producing this first Sauterelle Heures Mondiales as a unique piece reserved for the collector who initiated the project, more pieces may follow depending on demand. “I am thinking about offering an option of adding the phases of the moon on the back”, he adds with a mischievous glint in his eye.
The manufacture of this piece is, nonetheless, extremely difficult given the addition of the complications to such a limited space: “Not easy to place an ‘heures mondiales’ device into the 41mm case of the Sauterelle line. My watches have to remain robust even when comprised of miniature components”, he explains. It is however precisely this result that he is about to achieve by simply increasing the thickness of the watch by one millimeter. But let us leave him to work in peace so that we are sure to discover this unique innovation on 23 March….