I was finding a spot at my morning meal table on the morning of January 18, 2013, planning to leave for my trip to Geneva for the SIHH, while during my morning sweep of information I saw a photograph of something breathtaking.
It was Logical One by Romain Gauthier – a watch I quickly realized that I would claim someday.
Less than 24 hours after the fact, I was enthusiastically showing the photograph to my watch buddies at the Frankfurt air terminal as we sat tight for our association with Geneva. An all around set email or two later discovered us sitting with Gauthier and his model watch the next Friday evening at our Geneva hotel.
I couldn’t structure the watch on the spot and in the end passed up the initially restricted versions in pink gold and platinum. Yet, quick forward somewhat more than two years to the spring of 2015 and I was keeping in touch with Romain after the presentation of two new Logical One displays in white gold and titanium to mind evaluating and availability.
Why I purchased it
When the new releases came out, I had the upside of having seen the previous model; yet as usual, it’s ideal to see one’s precise future watch in the metal at whatever point conceivable. So when our timetables took us both to New York, I accepted the open door to visit with Gauthier to see the new pieces in person.
To say that I was enamored by the white gold rendition with iced gold development would be a significant misrepresentation of reality. Of the multitude of variants of the Logical One, this is “the one” for me similarly that others may just consider a platinum A. Lange & Söhne Datograph or hardened steel Rolex Daytona.
In short, the primary explanation I purchased this watch was that it looked totally fantastic to me!
A few weeks after the fact, an excellent watch buddy of mine and I ventured out to Las Vegas to get together again with Gauthier and see three watches: the white gold and the darkened titanium forms, just as a (at that point still unannounced) “common” titanium version.
My companion likewise experienced passionate feelings for the white metal/gold development look on the spot. After a couple of email trades with a third authority companion who supported the dark titanium look, every one of the three of us pursued what turned into a bunch of striking “mate” watches.
The capacity to impart the delight and energy to old buddies was one more key buy helper for me.
According to my companion Terry’s scientific categorization, this was unquestionably a “support” buy for me: purchased in acknowledgment of Gauthier’s splendid work, on the side of his continuous freedom, and originating from a craving to possess a timepiece that addresses his own vision and talents.
Why I love it
It simply looks extraordinary: Yes, I realize that is emotional, however take a gander at it!
I’ve just mentioned the differentiating tones; the incredible completing has just been the subject of another article here on Quill & Pad (see Why We Are In A Golden Age For Appreciating Superlative Hand-Finishing In Wristwatches ); and the striking ruby rollers on the development’s chain, particularly as seen on the early instances of the watch (more on this later) give gigantic visual interest.
I especially like the way that various surfaces, both machine-and hand-applied, are utilized to attract the eye to various segments of the watch. The utilization of shapes and territories of lighter and hazier tones present a fair generally view.
And, I’m a sucker for three-dimensionality as the accompanying twofold wristshot makes clear.
It’s creative: The thought of taking the idea of a staggered fusée and chain and reconsidering it as a more limited, bigger chain on a solitary level, appended to a snail cam as opposed to a cone (fusée), is just fantastic.
And that is not by any means the only development here: there are different pieces going from the interesting states of the stuff teeth, to the press button twisting framework, to the transparent, low-rubbing sapphire spring barrel that is both excellent and functional.
It’s practical: The entire goal of the snail-and-chain instrument is reliable timekeeping all through the fountainhead’s excursion from completely twisted to completely exhausted.
And as the circumstance sheet that accompanies the watch shows, the consistent force development configuration prevails in basically eliminating all negative impacts on isochronism all through the development’s 46-hour power reserve.
It’s smart: Gauthier unmistakably gave a great deal of thought to plan decisions, huge and little, that make this watch a delight to wear. One model is the somewhat inward bezel that permits it to sparkle with a high clean while simultaneously being more averse to scratch than an arched or level bezel.
Another thing is the thing that looks from above to be a round and hollow bar interfacing the two closures of the extension over the steady force system is indeed two shapes: a cleaned, upper part with a semi-roundabout cross segment on a brushed straight-sided lower element.
Gauthier disclosed to us that he settled on this decision both to yield a more grounded support against the powers in this piece of the development and to maintain a strategic distance from the trouble and cost of completing a totally barrel shaped component, especially as the extension is titanium and hard to document and polish.
As an architect, I discovered conversation of this and different decisions profoundly instructive and fascinating; as a watcher, I locate that this specific visual stunt troubles me not at all.
It’s developing: You can tell that I love this watch since I even love that it has changed since its presentation and may change again!
If you take a gander at photographs of the first Logical One model and compare them with pictures of the creation adaptations, you will locate some beautiful critical updates.
Among different things, the whole winding and force save instrument is essentially overhauled and possesses a completely unique vertical area on the opposite of the development; the sapphire precious stone front of the spring barrel is presently clearly obvious (and flawlessly straightforward); and the shapes and heights of a portion of the supporting extensions have changed more than once as well.
On the dial side, the outlandishly thin consistent force chain with its noticeable ruby rollers ended up being, indeed, difficult to execute. It has now been supplanted with a more extensive, more hearty form. The rollers are still there, however that smidgen harder to see.
Within the actual development, the quantity of gems is up and the guaranteed power hold down from the underlying models.
That said, I think that its wonderful that Gauthier can distinguish and correct arising issues rapidly. Following conveyance, I encountered somewhat of an issue with the following of the chain on its lower wheel; instead of essentially changing the watch and returning it, Gauthier and his group analyzed the issue and planned, created, completed, and put in new parts inside a couple weeks.
And while they were busy, they executed another preparatory alteration to the winding system.
It wouldn’t be a reasonable audit if there weren’t one or two! I’ve just mentioned the less conspicuous ruby rollers and decreased force save above, so I will not harp on those here.
From a practical point of view, the press button winding is altogether improved from the first form yet at the same time requires a touch of exertion and dedication.
From a visual viewpoint, I do wish every now and then that the dazzling lacquer dial had markings for the minutes somewhere in the range of 27 and 33 past the hour like those on Gauthier’s standard dials.
All in every one of the, a little rundown of “gracious dears” to go with an extensive rundown of “goodness mys!”
Is it directly for you?
As consistently, watch decision is an exceptionally close to home thing. The Logical One may be the ideal watch for you if:
- Like me, you love the appearance of the watch
- The specialized and designing parts of the Logical One address you
- Timekeeping exactness is a specific interest of yours
- You need a part in advancing one of the rising stars of the autonomous watch scene, who is a truly hero to boot
You may reconsider if:
- You favor an exceptionally ordinary look
- You can’t envision going through this measure of money for a three-gave watch, paying little heed to its basic complication and specialized merits
- You are completely reluctant to consider the possibility that an extra change or two might be required during your responsibility for watch
I’ve thought about the tradeoffs, and I’ve plainly made my own choice!
For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.romaingauthier.com/logical-one.
Quick Facts Romain Gauthier Logical One
Functions: hours, minutes, little seconds; push winding
Case: ADLC-covered or characteristic titanium or white gold, 43 x 14.2 mm
Development: in-house physically twisted production type, 46-hour power hold, press button winding, chain-and-snail-cam consistent force framework
Cost: 125,000 Swiss francs in white gold; 98,000 Swiss francs in titanium; lacquer dial accessible for a 5,000 Swiss franc surcharge
* This article was first distributed on February 16, 2016 at Why I Bought It: Romain Gauthier Logical One .
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