Romain Gauthier wins the Men’s Complication in Geneva

by Time&Style Staff

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Born in 1975 in Le Sentier, Switzerland, Romain Gauthier is a living legend in the realm of haute horlogerie. Through his firm, Montres Romain Gauthier, the inspired Swiss watchmaker launched his brand in 2006 with the Prestige HM. The Prestige HMS followed in 2010 and 2013 marks the year of Logical One.

This latest creation is touted as a reinvention of traditional chain-and-fusee constant force mechanisms, highlighting the olde-world charm of Logical One. The timepiece is so accomplished, it was announced as the winner of the Men’s Complication category at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPdG)

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Over 1,500 guests attended the red carpet ceremony at Geneva’s Grand Théâtre, while audiences around the world took in the procession with a live video link to New York and live streaming on Euronews.com, Worldtempus.com and the GPdG website. The ceremony’s 23-member jury included French designer Philippe Starck and American musician John Mayer among a swath of industry journalists, editors and historians.

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Though chain-and-fusee mechanisms date back to the 15th century, Logical One’s execution is firmly rooted in in the 21st century. The setup features a multiple patent-pending Romain Gauthier flat chain-and-fusee style constant force system with ruby chain links. There’s also an ergonomic push button winding system, dial-side visible balance and a 60-hour power reserve indicator. As a whole, Romain Gauthier’s award-winning timepiece offers a visual frenzy with its skeletonized dials, whether finished in gold or platinum, brown band or black.

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Logical One is a timepiece conceived entirely in-house. Manufacture Romain Gauthier regulates design, development, production and assembly of each product and is based in the founder’s birthplace of Le Sentier.