News August 2008

1911 BTR QP pink gold

A monument to modern architecture

The Watch Quote™ - August 25th, 2008



For lovers of contemporary architecture and devotees of mechanical watchmaking – including many who are proud to be both – Ebel introduces a stunningly inspired pink gold version of its 1911 BTR Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, issued in an exclusive limited edition of 200.

This spectacular face of this new landmark creation is strongly reminiscent of contemporary architectural achievements such as modern art museums with their large bay windows amid a metal frame creating an alternating pattern of glass and steel. The play on perspective as well as the clever lighting and volume effects all vividly evoke a contemporary work of architecture, while the elegantly understated and subtly contrasting choice of colors inexorably draws the gaze to the intricate workings of the watch mechanism below. The ultimate goal of such sophisticated structures being to highlight the objet d’art inside, it comes as no surprise to learn that the movement inside the alternating slate grey and black openworked dial is fully worthy of such a spectacular stage-setting.

Clearly the most elaborate and prestigious of all Ebel proprietary movements, the Caliber 288 boats no less than 436 parts and a double COSC certification conferred before and after assembly of the perpetual calendar module. Caliber 288 steadily and reliably counts off the day of the week, the date, the month, the years, and the ever-poetic phases of the moon appearing on an exceptionally accurate astronomical display. This exceptional movement can also be admired through the transparent sapphire crystal case-back, providing an excellent view of the Architects of Time “compass” oscillating weight, a signature of Ebel proprietary calibers.

Despite providing such a vast amount of information, this quintessentially architectural timepiece is exceptionally readable thanks to its four sapphire crystal counters sporting a metallic matt appearance that undeniably enhances their legibility. 12 white Superluminova hour-markers stand out clearly against the dial rim, while the gold-plated diamond-polished skeleton hour and minute hands accentuate the sense of transparency prevailing throughout.

This glowing tribute to contemporary architecture exudes all the decidedly masculine and characteristic appeal of the 1911 BTR line launched in 2006. The dynamic and sophisticated edge to the iconic hexagonal 1911 case is eloquently conveyed through the generous dimensions of the 44.5 mm case framing a 32 mm dial opening, as well as the broader and more expressive bezel secured by 5 powerful screws. Fitted with an alligator leather strap featuring hand-sewn overstitching, this impressive stylistic exercise captures the essence of modern architecture by enshrining the infinitely large within the diminutive boundaries of a watch – a truly monumental accomplishment!

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Ebel 1911 BTR Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in pink gold watch

Technical specifications


Movement:
  • Ebel Caliber 288, automatic perpetual calendar chronograph movement, wound by the unique Architects of Time oscillating weight
  • Developed, assembled and tested in Ebel’s workshops in Switzerland
  • Chronometer-certified by the COSC before and after assembly of the perpetual calendar module
Case:
  • Material: 18K-750 4N pink gold
  • Diameter: 44.5mm
  • Thickness : 14.3mm
  • Finishing: alternating brushed/polished
  • Water-resistance: 10 atm
  • Crystal: sapphire with anti-reflective treatment on both sides for perfect readability
Dials and hands:
  • Alternated slate grey and black openworked dial
  • Matt metallic-coated sapphire crystal counters
  • 12 white SuperLuminova hour-markers
  • Diamond-polished skeleton hands (gold-plated
Strap:
  • Hand-stitched black alligator leather strap
  • Ebel folding clasp in 18K-750 4N pink gold

Ebel Caliber 288


Exclusive Ebel movement developed, assembled and tested in Ebel workshop. Chronometer certified by the COSC before and after assembly of the QP module.


Functions
Display:
  • Hours
  • Minutes
  • Small seconds and 7 day counter at 9 o'clock
  • Chronograph hour and astronomical moon counter at 6 o'clock
  • Chronograph minute and 31 day counter at 3 o'clock
  • 48 months and year at 12 o'clock
  • Chronograph seconds in the center
Chronograph:Shuttle chronograph mechanism
Date Module:Perpetual calendar
Semi-instantaneous action date
Fast date correction
Components
Jewels:26 rubies and 1 zirconia
Number of components:436
Dimensions
Diameter:31.00mm
Thickness:8.00mm
Performances
Frequency:28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Inertia of the balance:10mg*cm²
Winding:Automatic, bidirectional
Rotor on ball bearing
Power reserve:Minimum 48 hours
Rating performance of chronometer version:-4 to +6 sec./day (100% COSC certified)
Amplitude when fully wound:270°
Amplitude after 24 hours:230°
Angle of lift of the pallets:53°

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