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The unique Papillon Chronograph proudly reveals the patented two-minute-hands mechanism, featuring large blued hands.

Having joined the Academie collection, the new Daniel Roth Papillon Chronograph accommodates an elite mechanical self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement - Frederic Piguet Calibre 1185.

The movement is completely finished by Daniel Roth and equipped with extra proprietary complication modules, providing the patented pivoting two-minute-hand mechanism, two chronograph counters and central chronograph hand.

The two lozenge-shaped pivoting-head minute hands are the trademark of the Daniel Roth Papillon line. Put at a 180 degree angle, the hands turn in the same direction on a single axis, being driven by a disc rotating on the central axis. Getting to the 60 position, one hand pivots 90 degree on its own axis to retract, and the other hand immediately extends to appear at 0 minutes.

In comparison to the conventional retrograde minutes system, the Daniel Roth mechanism requires less energy and less parts, being stronger and more reliable.

The signature Daniel Roth ellipsocurvex case of the watch, designed to ensure an optimal fit on the wrist, features generous dimensions - 43 x 46 mm, being crafted from yellow gold, white gold or red gold. The case has incorporated the trademark Daniel Roth ridged crown, with two chronograph pushbuttons at the sides, and a flat sapphire case back that allows to enjoy the view of the beautifully decorated movement at work.

The one-of-a-kind dial of the Papillon chronograph is based on the concept of supreme openness and transparency. It features a range of visual elements for enhanced read-off and powerful aesthetic appeal. The silver-colored or ruthenium dial base is embellished with Cotes de Geneve. The dial is protected by a transparent sapphire curvex crystal, glare-proofed on both sides.

The 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph counters, completed with black numerals, are found at 10 and 2 o'clock respectively and overlap the chronograph seconds circle in the center.

The visually-appealing black minute semi-circle shows off large numerals to guarantee perfect readability on a multi-layer dial. It is adorned with a guilloche clous de Paris motif. The white semi-circular minute track is found inside the chronograph seconds circle.

As Daniel Roth designers devote meticulous attention to every detail, the chronograph seconds hand stops at 6 o'clock in order to keep the visibility of the jumping-hour display at 12 o'clock.



A strange ‘Papillon’ The calm transformation of Daniel Roth becomes even more spectacular with the recent introduction of the Ellipsocurvex Papillon. A ‘cover’ encloses the top of the watch with a window displaying the instantaneous jumping hour hand and a smaller window at the centre for the small seconds. The minutes appear in a large ‘smile’ that opens from 3 to 9 o’clock. These ‘pseudo’ retrograde minutes are ‘revolutionary’ minutes displayed by two hands, each taking over from the other. This movement is based on a Girard-Perregaux calibre that is entirely finished in-house, including decoration, hand chamfering, and the Côtes de Genève pattern.Finally, the new Ellipsocurvex Minute Repeater Power Reserve timepiece affirms the stylistic evolution that is taking place at Daniel Roth.While the basics remain untouched (notably the case and decentralized hands), the displays have changed with the power reserve indicator placed in an arc between 8 and 4 o’clock and the small seconds hand placed off-centre at 7 o’clock, which gives the dial a very particular appearance. A small detail is that a chime indicator at 12 o’clock warns the wearer that he should not set off the minute repeater manually. (This is an elegant way to avoid certain ‘accidents’ that might happen when both are set off at the same time.) Thanks to these subtleties and aesthetic refinements, Daniel Roth intends to slowly attract a more non-traditional clientele, while remaining firmly anchored in the circles of prestige mechanical timekeeping


The Daniel Roth Perpetual Calendar Equation of Time was first introduced in 2004. And in 2007, they presented the new version with a 44 hour power reserve with 5 other complications. They are the perpetual calendar and displays of leap years, moon phases, equation of time and number of days of the month

Its dial has a spiral guilloche motif with three overlapping counters of perpetual calendar display: a month window at 3, day of the week at 9, and a date and leap year display on double counter at 6. There is a unique counter between 2 and 3 that received a technical patent that indicates the number of days in the current month.
It further has a minute circle, a partial Roman numeral hours indication on mother-of-pearl plate (between 10 and 2) and the moon phase at 12.
Its case is made of polished platinum that is 44mm by 41mm. It uses an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and caseback. The water resistance is 30m with a date corrector pusher at 2,4,8, and 10. The central portion reveals the watch's inner workings. The movement is Automatic with Caliber DR114 that beats at 28,800 vph using 27 jewels. Another interesting feature to note is the solar time indicator located between 10 and 11 that shows the difference between mean solar time and true solar time.

 

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I like the Papillon. Very cool and different. Of course these probably require a second mortgage.
 

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Spaceview wrote:
I like the Papillon. Very cool and different. Of course these probably require a second mortgage.
around 45-50K for the one you like.

the bottom one (perpetual calendar) is around $110K
 
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