Horage is an independent Swiss brand founded in 2007 and has already developed three in-house movements. There’s the K1 automatic in models like the Autark and Omnium, K2 micro-rotor in the new Supersede integrated sports watch and K-TOU tourbillon in its second watch, the Lensman 1. This latest piece follows the Tourbillon 1, which was the most accessible in-house Swiss Tourbillon on the market. As the name suggests, the Lensman 1 has a photography theme with an emphasis on Leica.
The Tourbillon 1 case came in 904L stainless steel or 18k gold, but the Lensman 1 is T5 titanium. Pro photographers often choose black cameras to be discreet, so many elements of the watch are blacked out to match. There’s a laser-etched aperture ring on the case side, resembling a traditional Leica lens, and the fixed bezel replicates a focusing ring. Dimensions are 41mm in diameter and 10.3mm in height (lug-to-lug 49mm). The push/pull crown features a black onyx stone insert and water resistance is rated at 100 metres. A domed AR sapphire crystal protects the dial and features an oversized cyclops lens over the flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. This magnifies the complication for a detailed view, which is a very cool touch. The sapphire exhibition case back has a quote by French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson engraved.
The black dial continues the theme with a matte centre and ridged outer ring. The Horage logo at 12 o’clock is also black, so the branding is subtle. Black gold applied indices have black Super-LumiNova inserts, but there’s good contrast under the light. The partially open-worked hour and minute hands have Super-LumiNova as well. The focal point is the large flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock, again magnified by an oversized cyclops lens. The cage is titanium and there’s a visible silicon escapement and hairspring, the latter being an upgrade to the K-TOU tourbillon. A detailed minute track spans the outermost perimeter.
Powering the Lensman 1 is the second generation, in-house K-TOU tourbillon. It’s hand-wound and has an open-worked grid pattern on the back, similar to the original Tourbillon 1. The grid is blacked out this time, contrasting with silver gears and screws. It has 19 jewels and beats 25,200vph (3.5Hz) with a 120+ hour power reserve (5 days) via a single barrel. Accuracy is within the chronometer standard of -4/+6 seconds per day. There’s also a blued seconds indicator screw on the tourbillon cage.