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http://www.maitresdutemps.com/

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Chapter Two Timepiece
For the most efficient and reliable system possible for Chapter Two's groundbreaking movement, the mechanism for driving the rollers—which show the month and the day—demanded the full measure of the unmatched technical prowess of three of the world’s greatest master watchmakers. The instantaneous change of big date, day, and month attests to the success of their inventiveness.

Chapter Two features hours and minutes indicated by diamond-cut, solid gold hands, with seconds at 6 o'clock, date at 12 o'clock, and day and month spelled out on their respective rollers. The combination boasts legibility unprecedented in a triple-calendar wristwatch.

Chapter Two's tonneau case belies its complex architecture through the pure visual harmony of its form: the curves of the lugs match the flow of the case, while the day, date, and month correctors are engraved with their functions for operational clarity. Six anti-reflective sapphire crystals—three on the front and three on the caseback—provide unmatched visual access to both the indications and movement.

Displays

* Central hands indicating hours and minutes
* Sub-seconds at 6 o'clock
* Big date at 12 o'clock
* Day indication on roller at 6 o'clock
* Month indication on roller at 12 o'clock

Functions

* Time: hours, minutes, seconds
* Instantaneous triple calendar: big date, day, and month

Caliber SHC01

* Automatic winding mechanical movement
o Symbolic goblet-shaped rotor in 22K gold, panier guilloche, and relief text
o Dimensions: 45 mm × 32 mm × 9 mm
* Number of components: 382
* Number of jewels: 32
* Power reserve: 50 hours
* Balance frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
* Finishing: sun-ray Côtes de Genève, perlage, beveling, colimaçonnage, and polished screw heads

Case

* 18K white gold
* Number of components: 30
* Dimensions: 58 mm × 42 mm × 15.50 mm
* Six sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating
* High polish and satin finishes on compound-curve surfaces

Correctors

* Day corrector on caseback bottom
* Month corrector on caseback top
* Big date corrector on side of case at 2 o'clock

Dial

* Silver/black
* Number of components: 4
* Multi-faceted and beveled
* Printed Roman numerals
* Engine-turned sun-ray guilloche with circular grain satin surfaces
* Hands: sword-shaped 18k white gold with diamond-cut facets

Rollers

* Day roller: black anodized aluminum
* Month roller: black anodized aluminum

Strap and buckle

* Hand-sewn alligator strap with 18K white gold deployant buckle

Overview
Maîtres du Temps is not so much a new watch company as an entirely new horological concept. Founded by Mr. Steven Holtzman, it brings groups of master watchmakers together to develop exclusive timepieces.

It is a conscious effort to promote the people who actually craft the timepieces. By providing them the opportunity to work together Maîtres du Temps harnesses their incredible talent.

Mr. Steven Holtzman began his career in horology over twenty-five years ago with the sale and distribution of watches in the U.S.

In 1997 he created Helvetia Time Corporation (HTC) to distribute high-quality Swiss watch brands, including the brand Roger Dubuis and Jean Dunand. HTC became one of the few high-end, independent watch distributors in North America.

The level of technical and design sophistication achieved by Maîtres du Temps has rarely been seen in watchmaking and is the result of the right combination of people sharing a bold vision.
 

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Here is one that is for sale for $400,000

http://www.finestwatches.com/maitres-du-temps-chapter-one-12559.html


Maitres du Temps Chapter One
Item No: MA0001
Model #: Chapter One

The Chapter One timepiece, was indeed a collaboration of giants in the watch industry. Each of the master watchmakers brings their unique strengths and expertise to the development of the timepiece. It is a world-first combination of complications crafted from 558 components. It is the first wristwatch to feature a tourbillon with mono-pusher column wheel chronograph, retrograde date, and retrograde GMT, as well as moon phase and day of the week on their own rolling bars. The two rollers work simultaneously with the time, date, GMT, and chronograph. The 18K red gold case is a large 62.60 mm x 45.90 mm and has a sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating. The watch comes on an alligator strap with 18K red gold deployant buckle.
 

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isn't half a million dollars completely stupid for any watch, no matter how much time it takes to make or who the designers are. while that watch is unquestionably cool looking, the metal in that watch and all the parts combined probably cost a total of under $50, maybe $100. I just don't understand any watch that costs that much, regardless of how many complications it has or rollers....
 
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