The C by Romain Gauthier Titanium Edition, Now With Integrated Bracelet
Finalement, one of the most extraordinary contemporary sports watches comes full circle.
Independent Watchmaker Romain Gauthier does not need any special introduction. Gauthier and his eponymous brand were frequently in the spotlight in the last decade. In 2013 the jury of GPHG gave Romain Gauthier’s Logical One the prize for Best Men’s Complication; in 2018, the jury of Les Talents du Luxe et de la Création de Paris awarded Gauthier “Talent of Innovation”. Important business news came in 2016 when Chanel announced that it had bought a friendly stake to strengthen the ties between the two companies. This made a lot of sense for the fashion giant with horological aspirations and benefitted Gauthier, who retained his creative independence. And there’s no doubt that the C by Romain Gauthier is a creative luxury sports watch, which now receives a well-deserved integrated bracelet.
One of the outstanding results of Romain Gauthier’s creativity was revealed in 2021. The Continuum, an elegant yet sporty and contemporary watch in a titanium case, was nothing like previous Romain Gauthier pieces. Although it looked “simple”, it embodied the know-how and expertise of the manufacture from Le Sentier. The case was a marvel of machining, with a modern look, thanks to the overall design and a unique bezel with six facets and alternating finishing techniques, for which Romain Gauthier is famous.
Concerning previous Gauthier collections where offset time indications were preferred, the Continuum hour and minute hands appear slightly above the central line, but only if you look closely. An entirely new movement was developed for this watch, with what the brand calls a modern approach to historical watchmaking – decorated finger bridges, hand-engraved, and much more exquisitely executed and finished components.
This summer, the brand introduced the second edition of Gauthier’s take on the luxury sports watch. The C by Romain Gauthier Titanium Edition Two, fully coated with black ADLC, had red accents to highlight the soft power of the watch – like the red rubber ring on the crown positioned at 2 o’clock. The black textured rubber strap with a pin buckle coated with black ADLC complemented the all-black effect.
To say that the very first Romain Gauthier watches in the Continuum or C-series did not cry for a metal bracelet would be an understatement. We are delighted to welcome the new edition of C by Romain Gauthier Titanium, which has one. After all, a luxury sports watch without an integrated bracelet is so passé.
When we talk about the integrated bracelet, we usually mean that the watch and the bracelet were designed as one from the beginning, during the conception of a model. Romain Gauthier makes us broaden the definition, as his new “technical and contemporary element” sets a fresh reference. Impeccably designed, it is also perfectly comfortable, and the integration with the case is seamless. “The bracelet is the case, and the case is the bracelet,” to quote Romain Gauthier, the creator.
The bracelet is made from grade 5 titanium with articulated links to adapt to any wrist. It has a folding clasp, so it is not only lightweight (85g, the watch with the bracelet) thanks to the choice of material but also relatively thin. Each link has contrasting finishes, with satin-finished surfaces and hand-polished connecting elements. Slightly curved lugs allow for the case and bracelet to be “connected” for a comfortable feel, the finishing techniques used on the bracelet repeat those on the 41mm case.
The new reference may share the same technical characteristics as the first edition watch, but it has a fresh spirit with its blue accents on the dial, and the look is now complete. Lucky for some, the New C by Romain Gauthier Titanium Edition Bracelet will have a non-limited production and will be available with a grey or salmon-coloured sandblasted titanium dial for CHF 42,000, without taxes. For more details, please visit romaingauthier.com.
The bracelet looks like Moser Streamliner and Vacheron Constantin just had a love child.
Gorgeous. It looks near perfect. I just cannot get over the contradiction – in my mind – of a sports watch with only 5 bar water pressure resistance.