Ahead of SIHH 2018, Romain Gauthier has introduced its first ladies’ watch, the Insight Micro-Rotor Lady, in two 10 piece limited editions.
Insight Micro-Rotor Lady’s hour-minute subdial and small seconds are crafted from mother of pearl and the namesake 22k gold micro-rotor is decorated with snow-set brilliant cut diamonds of varying sizes. Framed by a cut-out in the mainplate – also adorned with mother of pearl – the sparkling micro-rotor turns noiselessly between two bridges, each fitted with a friction-minimising, wear-resistant ruby bearing.
The striking dial features mother-of-pearl subdials and mainplate cover. The hour-minute subdial and small seconds are crafted from the same piece of mother of pearl (0.3 mm thin), while the mainplate cover is cut from another piece of the same type of mother of pearl (0.6 mm thin), creating a contrast of textures. Red gold hands indicate time and a gilded balance wheel and hand bevelled, straight-grained bridges are visible on the dial.
Given the busy dial, the largish case width (39.5mm) of this timepiece is understandable. Design details include a lip in the caseband that flares out to meet the bezel; the crown placed at 2 o’clock to free up space for wrist movement; and the domed sapphire crystal which gradually rises so its highest point is over the hour-minute display.
There are more beguiling views of the movement through the display back. Here the micro-rotor can be see setting the visible train of gears in motion, starting with the reversing gear that lends the mechanism its bi-directionality. The gears and ratchets stand out for their circular arms that feature eye-catching bevels.
The self-winding movement, developed and produced in-house, is finished in the finest traditions and has a power reserve of 80 hours when fully wound.The golden bridges are decorated with hand-made, hand polished bevels and jewel countersinks and are fixed in place using Romain Gauthier’s signature screws with aesthetic S-slot.
Insight Micro-Rotor Lady is available in two 10-piece limited editions in red gold: with Tahitian black mother-of-pearl dial and anthracite strap, and with Australian extra white mother-of-pearl dial with white strap. The price hasn’t been announced yet, we will update this story once we know.