The watch manufacturer famous for being the only watch company who is 100% Poinçon de Genève certified. This means that every watch made by them is certified. The watch case is 42mm in diameter and is crafted in pink gold. It gives the watch a full dress look so it might look strange with jeans and a t-shirt but would go naturally with a suit and tie. The dial has a sunray pattern with the lines becoming bolder the closer to the edge of the dial one looks. The chapter ring displays up to 1/4 of a second for a more accurate chronograph reading. The bi-compax chronograph has a running seconds dial at 9 and a 30-minute counter at 3. There is no date on the watch, making the dial simpler and more elegant. The brand name is subtly placed at 12 o'clock on the chapter ring, allowing the subdials to be larger than with the logo there. The movement is, as mentioned earlier, the in-house RD680. The movement has a micro rotor rather than a traditional, larger rotor which makes the case thicker because it comes off the back of the movement. In fact, the automatic winding system is thinner than the chronograph. The pushers engage the chronograph through use of a column wheel. There are two types of chronographs, those that are lever-actuated and those that use column wheels. Column wheels are much more expensive to produce and are far more complicated. This one appears to use a vertical-coupling system which are considered better for multiple reasons. One reason is that they are rare and are found in very few watches. Another is that there is no chance that the chronograph second hand will jump when it is started. On a horizontal coupling system the gears mesh together and can sometimes have a slight jump, throwing the reading off. I will explain in-depth how both of these work at a later date. The movement has 42 jewels, more than enough to provide sufficient shock resistance. The RD680 beats at 28,800BPH, giving it a smooth second sweep and better accuracy. The brown alligator strap has a pink gold fold-over clasp, a nice feature that is found on more expensive watches. It will not wear down the strap like a pin buckle. There is no information on pricing but since this will not be a limited production piece it should be on par with their other watches, so at least $100K. The aesthetics of the watch are impeccable and it contains many nice touches that are not found on other watches. As you may notice the hands that are not involved in the chronograph are made out of pink gold while the hands that display the elapsed time are dark gray. These subtle touches are what makes this watch special. The Hommage Chronograph is sure to receive a warm welcome, being from debatably the best brand at SIHH 2014. The slideshow below shows pictures of the watch and movement.
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