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Maître du temps – Masters of Time

When a Patek just doesn’t cut it anymore, then maybe it’s time for you to look at Maître du Temps. Translating into “Masters of Time”, this brand tells a beautiful tale of horology dividing its collection into chapters. At this year’s Basel I had the opportunity to visit the brand and experience horology at its finest.

The Chapter 1 which marked their entry into the watch world was released in 2008. As a product of a collaboration with Cristopher Claret and Peter Speake-Marin, it prides itself on being a wristwatch featuring a tourbillon with a mono-pusher column wheel chronograph, retrograde date, retrograde GMT, as well as a moon phase and day of the week on their iconic rolling bars.

 

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The chapter 2 focuses more on wearability. This was achieved with a more minimalistic approach, and allows the brand to highlight its defining rolling bars. Additionally, an automatic winding mechanism was included, as well as a very tasteful paddle system for easy change of date and month.

 

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What completely hit the ball out of the park though was the Chapter 3, created by Kari Voutilainen in collaboration with Andreas Strehler. As soon as I saw it, and lifted it from the vault, a massive grin was stapled on my face. This watch was unlike anything I have ever seen in my life. Coming in a round case allows it to be considerably more wearable than its elder brothers. This elegant fusion of haute horology and a “low” profile is achieved by being able to set aside the 6 and 12 from the dial to expose two cylinders beneath, indicating a second time zone and a day/night function.

 

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Just when I thought I had seen everything, I was in fact in for one more treat: the fine arts collection. A unique pocket watch for Baselworld 2016. The dial was hand drawn by a Japanese artist, and is simply the most beautiful watch face I have ever seen, a sight to lose yourself in.

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If you want to learn more about the brand I encourage you to have a look at their website here.