Revelation to debut double complication watch for Baselworld 2012
For a company that joined the luxury watch making arena in 2007, Revelation seems to be prepared to give the big guns at Baselworld 2012 a rather stiff competition, with their latest creation, the R01 double complication watch. Available in 4 distinct fabrication options in precious metals, this watch displays horological complications, its mastery within the maker’s think-tank, and also an optical trick which isn’t very common among the rest. Limited to around 15 units per series, its carries a premium price along with its aesthetics, which is stated to cost the buyer $161,528 (CHF150,000) each.
The casing of the watch seems like a chunky piece of crafted precious metal, and certainly amongst the best lookers we have noticed this year. With a 45mm width, one can notice the prominent size, and the depth is certainly apparent too. Its 18K gold casing packs in a hand-wound tourbillon TM01 caliber movement which has 44 jewel components, vibrates at 21,600 beats per hour. The power reserve for this machine is 48-hours. The casing options (displayed at bottom most) which we earlier spoke about include the pink gold and black PVD, Titanium with black coating, yellow gold, and also a grey gold casing. The wrist strap is however, common for all; black calfskin with hand-stitched markings.
Common to the most interesting part of the watch, is the main dial, which has a dual visual angle to it, or rather 2 distinct complications. The upper cover of the watch is a transparent sapphire crystal clasp, which has the hour markings fixed on its transparent surface, which is then attached to the main casing with a small lock. When the covering is opened, it actually exposes the interior skeleton of the watch that was under cover of an opaque glass, located just above it. Further investigation reveals that these lenses are polarized, and fixed in a way that it can create this mysterious visual display. The hands seen here too are made with 18K gold. On the rear view of the dial, the other side of the complicated skeleton can be seen, including some of the 44 jewel components which are a part of it. Seems like a true horological maze in all!
For those interested in the upcoming Baselworld event in March, do take a look at the Hublot Extra-thin tourbillon and the Vincent Perriard HYT H1watches, which will be competing brands on the same platform.