Indie watchmaking from Ireland. Independent watchmakers, the Irish brothers John and Stephen McGonigle, are working on their newest timepiece, the Tuscar. After introducing their tourbillon in 2007, the Tuscar will feature their new time-only in-house movement, calibre McG01.
With a bit more than a week to go before Baselworld 2010 begins, the number of new watch releases is overwhelming. Something of a completely different order is a new in-house calibre, especially if it comes from two very talented independent watchmakers.
John McGonigle says the goal was to create a time-only watch with a high focus on excellent timekeeping, a substantial power reserve, reliability and with superb finishing and decoration. The design had to have a clean coherent style and the principle mechanical elements had to be visible on the dial side. This was only possible if they developed their own movement from the ground up. And that’s what they did…
Calibre McG01 is a hand-wound movement with two mainspring barrels that provide a power reserve of 90 hours. It also features a free-sprung balance spring with Breguet overcoil and a gold escape wheel, that functions without oil. To improve timekeeping stability they choose a balance with a large diameter (12.8 mm).
The Tuscar is limited to 10 pieces called ‘One of Ten’. This first series will be distinctive from models to follow by virtue of materials used in the movement, the design and shape of certain bridges, the type of finish of individual parts and the engraving. So if you’re interested I suggest you contact McGonigle fast!!
The Tuscar ‘One of Ten’ has a white gold case, measuring 42.5 mm and a transparent sapphire dial reveals the new calibre. The sapphire dial is a style feature that was also used on the McGonigle Tourbillon. Speaking of which…
This is the Tourbillon wristwatch that John and Stephen McGonigle released in 2007 at Baselworld.