Maîtres du Temps – Chapter Two

During Baselworld i had a meeting with Maîtres du Temps. After a warm welcome, Margaret Pane (vice president of Maîtres du Temps) showed us the movie that was made for Chapter Two. I can really recommend to watch this movie (around 10 minutes) as it really captures the essence of this collaboration of the greatest minds of modern watchmaking. The movie has some details that the connaisseur will immediately understand. Like the hands of the church clock, these remind me of the hands of the Speake-Marin Picadilly.

After having seen the movie mr. Steven Holzman, the founder and CEO of Maîtres du Temps, showed us the new masterpiece, Chapter Two. The three master watchmakers who are responsable for Chapter Two are mr. Daniel Roth, mr. Peter Speake-Marin and mr. Roger Dubuis. Chapter Two has an 18K red gold case of 42mm wide, 58mm from lug to lug and is 18mm thick. It features 6 different sapphire crystals with anti reflection coating, three positioned at the front to display the main dial, the day and the month. The other three are positioned at the caseback and reveal a stunning movement and beautiful rotor.

Maitres du Temps - Chapter Two

Maîtres du Temps - Chapter Two

At the silver dial with beautiful sun-ray guilloche pattern and roman numbers on a white chapter ring, time is displayed by 18K red gold hands. At the 6 o’clock position a small seconds subdial is located and at 12 you can see the big date. Above and below the dial, day and month are made visible by two rollers. To obtain the rollers to change instantly, the whole mechanism for driving the rollers was re-designed. Chapter Two now features an instantaneous changing big date, day and month!

Maitres du Temps - Chapter Two

Maîtres du Temps - Chapter Two

While Chapter One was limited to only 50 pieces and price at around $400,000 the new Chapter Two will be more accessible. The first year Mr. Holzman expects to produce 200 pieces and with a price of around $67,000 it will also reach different type of customer.

mr. Roger Dubuis and mr. Daniel Roth

mr. Roger Dubuis and mr. Daniel Roth

The big moment was there, when mr. Holzman introduced us to mr. Daniel Roth and mr. Roger Dubuis, in my opinion two legends in the watchmaking world. The third maitre du temps, mr. Peter Speake-Marin, was not present at that time but i spoke with him later in The Watch Factory about his own new movement and of course the collaboration with these two legendairy master watchmakers. For me it was an honor to meet mr. Dubuis and mr. Roth and talk with them about Chapter Two. Both men talked with passion about their creation and working together.

When i asked if they learned something of the colaboration with the much younger Peter Speake-Marin, they both said that Peter’s drive and focus was impressive, as well as his technical knowledge.

For more information about Chapter Two or high resolution photos check the Maîtres du Temps website.

Frank Geelen

Frank Geelen is an expert on Haute Horlogerie and his horological heart beats faster from beautiful hand-finished mechanical movements. He loves to explain all technical details of complications like tourbillons, minute repeaters, constant force escapements and column-wheel chronographs and he has been doing that for more than seven years. Besides publishing daily here at Monochrome Watches, Frank also writes for several other publications, both online and offline.

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One Response to “Maîtres du Temps – Chapter Two”

  1. Kyle S. says:

    Great pictures Frank! Wow what an honor to meet with Mr Roth and Mr Dubuis! But I’m not sure I entirely agree that the Chapter Two will reach a different type of customer than the Chapter One – $200,000 vs. $60,000 sure is a lot of money – but at the end of the day only the very most ELITE and WEALTHY watch collectors would ever purchase either one of those fine watches!

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