Vincent Bérard Luvorène 1
Posted by wristwatch on September 23, 2007
In conceiving his collection of “fuseau de l’infini” (literally, “spindle of infinity”) wristwatches, Vincent Bérard has in fact extended the aesthetic principle that gave rise to his “Quatre Saisons” Carriage watches: that of a round, domed case featuring a discreet bulge on the side and a transparent case-back protected by a cover. It is definitely not technical demands that determine the form of the watch, but instead the form itself that requires technical reinventions in order to achieve a specific aesthetic goal.
The first model in the collection, LUVORENE 1, thus features a case reduced to wrist watch size, measuring 42 mm in diameter and 13 mm thick. The discreet lateral projection at 3 o’clock and openworked on the dial side, reveals the oscillations of a balance with screws equipped with a Breguet overcoil balance-spring, from which the escapement and the pallet-wheel have mysteriously disappeared.
The mechanical movement, entirely developed in the VINCENT BÉRARD Workshops and visible through the glareproofed sapphire crystal case-back, is distinguished by five spindle-shaped bridges standing out on five levels and evoking the “steps” of a spiral staircase. Another special feature of the movement is the positioning of the winding-crown at 9 o’clock.
* Dimensions : 42 mm in diameter, 13 mm thick
* Dial : Solid gold in black, chocolate, ivory or natural gold color, protected by a domed sapphire crystal, with mirror-polished solid gold hour-markers, moon phases and hands, opening at 3 o’clock to display the mysterious balance
* Glass : Domed sapphire crystal with double-face anti-glare treatment
* Strap : Double-face, hand-sewn, rolled-edge crocodile leather, with solid gold clasp matching the colour of the case
* Mouvement : Mechanical hand-wound Caliber VB441 21600 A/h, engine-turned and bevelled by hand, solid gold winding crown at 9 o’clock
* Functions : Dial side: hours, minutes, seconds, moon phases, days of the week, mysterious balance. Case-back side: seconds, 10-day power reserve
* Case : Solid 18 ct. white or red gold, transparent anti-glare sapphire case-back with hand-engraved cover, see-through on both sides thanks to two anti-glare sapphire crystals