Tapping into four winning patterns on the watch scene – women’s developing interest in mechanical watches, dynamic dials, tradable watch ties and personalisation choices Schwarz Etienne uncovered its first women’s watch, the Fiji Floral Seconds, during the Geneva Watch Week this month. Planned by a lady for women, and not a scaled down existing men’s model with ladylike themes, the Fiji Floral Seconds is loaded with particular subtleties that will interest women who are not looking for a customary watch from a standard brand.
Independent watch brand Schwarz Etienne is brimming with shocks on both the specialized and innovative fronts. Scarcely a newcomer to the watch scene – the company has been around since 1902 and had practical experience in delivering components for the business – the brand has likely gratitude to its undeniable degree of vertical combination and its little arrangement of inventive, innovative mechanical watches. We’ve a few models as of late, similar to the UFO-motivated Roswell and the restricted version box set Odes aux Saisons set of three with flying tourbillons, humming honey bees and honeycombs.
A Modular Case
A frontal perspective on the 38mm hardened steel case uncovers a genuinely traditional round dial with slanting drags. In any case, in the event that you take a gander at the case from the side, the brand’s inclination for particularity can be valued. Composed of three separate parts, the body of the case is delegated with a cleaned bezel and sits in a support shaped by the hauls. The support holds the focal case set up with four screws, which can be seen on the caseback. Notwithstanding the variety of shapes and various planes, the sides of the case band are engraved with vertical ribs and the huge and noticeable crown is set with a diamond.
With a stature of 10.76mm, the case has a great deal of character and presence and is a long ways from your customary petite women’s watch case. The seclusion of the case, the way that the focal component can be separated from the carries and the bezel from the case, converts into more prominent decision for the client later on. Assume you don’t care for the state of the hauls or incline toward a smooth case without any etchings, or maybe you extravagant an etching on the bezel? The secluded way to deal with the case configuration opens up a universe of possibilities.
A Rose Window on the Dial
Presented in two tones – dark with silver subtleties or pale salmon with blue subtleties – the dial is somewhat recessed from the bezel giving a prompt vibe of profundity. The silver-shaded hour markers are molded like raindrops and applied to the dial alongside the enormous Arabic numeral at 12 o’clock. The surprising bead shape is both female and makes some intriguing reflections on the dial. On the external rib, the tips of the beads contact brief track interspersed with dabs to demonstrate the hours. Rich hour and moment hands, treated with radiant material, coast over the dial. The focal piece of the dial is beautified with a tone on tone mathematical floral theme and converged at 6 o’clock by the vivified floral display.
Like a rose window found in Gothic holy places, the dial has been removed in a floral plan at 6 o’clock to uncover an auxiliary plate that is in steady movement. The drop hour marker at 6 o’clock is bigger than the rest and bends over as the stem of the bloom (somewhat like a dandelion, in my psyche) and the openworked grid on the dial gives a perspective on the differentiating shades of the circle beneath. The impact is superb at the same time, in spite of assumptions, the marker is static and the movement just reminiscent of the passing seconds. It very well may be seen as a lovely token of the unyielding taking a break in the event that you like, or a safeguard signal that your watch is working.
100% in-house movement
One of the astounding things about Schwarz Etienne is its serious level of specialized competence. A specialty brand equipped for creating its own equilibrium haggles is a rara avis. You can watch our video about our visit to Schwarz Etienne and its sister company E20 innovations where the hairsprings are made, here. The Fiji Floral Seconds is fitted with an in-house programmed development – type ASE 200.00 – with a miniature rotor.
Like the measured case development, the brand values its secluded development plan. The design of its developments encourages the variation of a programmed development into a hand-wound type and the other way around. The comfort of a programmed watch, implying that it has a mechanical heart however shouldn’t be twisted strictly consistently, is a major in addition to and combined with the liberal force hold implies you can remove your Fiji for stretches of as long as 86 hours and not need to stress over the watch stopping.
Another appealing element for women who appreciate mechanical watches is the reasonable perspective on the development on the opposite side of the case. Top of the line completes like the sunray design crossing the extensions, the offset connect beautified with a guilloché theme and the perlage on the primary plate add a bit of complexity to the mechanical spectacle.
The Fiji Floral Seconds has taken advantage of the latest thing of compatible watch lashes and has a simple sliding framework to change the tie without the requirement for devices. Each model comes with two ties; the dark model with a dark galuchat-finished tie and a ruby-red lash, and the pale salmon with a light blue and earthy colored tie. Both are fitted with steel collapsing clasps.
Instead of a customary watch box, the Fiji Floral Seconds is introduced in a dim grained calfskin tote made by Noleti, a prestigious Swiss tote creator situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The watch retails for CHF 7,100 (excl. assessment) or CHF 7,700 (incl. charge). For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, counsel www.schwarz-etienne.ch .