Europa Star has already presented in detail the new and very innovative automatic movement developed by Pequignet under the code name of EPM01 (see Europa Star 6/2009).
Now, this new calibre is equipping the brand’s new collections, and has taken on the new name of Calibre Royal.
Just as a reminder, the Calibre Royal is an automatic movement with 21,600 oscillations per hour (3 Hz), made up of 298 components that were entirely conceived, designed, prototyped, tested and assembled in Pequignet’s ateliers in Morteau, France. Its principal characteristics make this an exceptional automatic movement, which has been totally integrated and designed to receive, without additional plates, new complications: automatic winding in both directions; diffusion of the initial force by a central barrel axis; large balance with compensating screws; large date and day with no loss of amplitude when they are activated; calculated power reserve of 100 hours; indication on the dial of 88 hours of power reserve with isochronism guaranteed for 72 hours (220° amplitude in the vertical position after 72 hours of operation) and small seconds hand at 4 o’clock in a symmetrical position relative to the power reserve indicator. (For more details, refer to our article cited above.)
On the occasion of its launch at BaselWorld 2010, the Calibre Royal (now in full industrial production with 3,000 pieces expected this year) will equip three new models. In its most prestigious housing, with haute horlogerie finishings—circular-graining, hand-bevelling, hand-drawn strokes and stippling—the Calibre Royal drives the very lovely and classic Paris Royal timepiece. The Paris Royal features a 41-mm yellow gold case with alternating diamond-polished and satin finishes on the middle case, elegant overlaid horns, screw-in bezel, anti-reflective sapphire crystal protecting the dial and case back and water-resist-ance to 50 metres.
The Paris Royal’s dial is silvered with a satin-finished chapter ring and applied Arabic numerals. The dial also features azure areas for the power reserve indicator and the small seconds and facetted apertures for the large date and day. The ensemble perfectly evokes the symmetrical equilibrium of the movement and the high readability of its indications. Paris Royal is mounted on a hand-stitched and beaded large-scale alligator leather strap with a butterfly clasp.
The Rue Royale model, embellished with a large, high-precision moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock, comes in a polished 316L stainless steel case with a diameter of 42 mm. The finishing on this model is somewhat different than the Paris Royal and includes: circular-grained bridges and a main plate with snail design and the CÔtes de GenÈve decoration, as well as a sun ray finish and rhodium plating on the oscillating weight.
The dial is silvered and textured and features a chapter ring and small seconds in a fine circular satin finish, black transferred Roman numerals, dotted thread and a power reserve indicator in a circular satin-finished cartridge.
Moorea Royal Triomphe
Last but not least, the Moorea Royal Triomphe offers a sportier version in a 44-mm Moorea case composed of a sanded black titanium middle case and case back and a screw-in crown in red gold with the logo ‘EP’ in black rubber. Water resistant to 100 metres, the Moorea Royal Triomphe has a black opaline dial with facetted and brushed applied numerals, a power reserve indicator and small seconds in an aperture overlaid with red gold appliquÉ. This model is mounted on the famous Moorea grained satin-finished red gold and rubber strap with a double folding clasp.
MOOREA ROYAL TRIOMPHE
There is no doubt that this year Pequignet will keep its promises made last year and will attract attention from a lot of people, and impress many more.
Source: Europa Star April - May 2010 Magazine Issue