Introduced at Baselworld 2017, the Insight Micro-Rotor was Romain Gauthier’s first automatic watch – read our introductory article here. Originally available in rose gold or platinum, this exquisitely crafted timepiece is now released in white gold. Three limited editions with three different dial options are available: white, black or blue Grand Feu enamel with white gold or flame-blued steel hands.
These new white gold limited editions step up the visual impact of the watch with a new movement decoration, giving the “Micro-Rotor” a different feel and a more classical/traditional style. As always with Romain Gauthier, the finishing is spectacular, crafted to a level that is seldom seen.
In this instance, the hand-frosted main plate is now plated with 4.5N rose gold (for previous versions it was NAC or palladium-coated) and paired with straight-grained, palladium-plated bridges, making each stand out against the other. The contrasting colours and textures between the matte plate and the white bridges are compelling. It magnifies the openworked, multiple level architecture of the movement: the off-centre hours and minutes, the small seconds and the balance wheel are positioned in-line in the centre. At 9 o’clock, the bidirectional 22k gold micro-rotor winds two barrels in series providing 80 hours of power reserve.
Turning the watch over, the bridges are hand-frosted and 4.5N gold plated – just like the mainplate. These contrast neatly with the rhodium-plated or white elements: the micro-rotor, plaquettes, gears, the barrel… Once again, the finishing is a feast for the eyes. For example, the anglage (with rounded profile), the hand-polished jewel countersinks, the polishing of the signature S-slot screw heads or the distinctive wheel with circular spokes are simply exceptional.
The Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor comes in a 39.5mm case, making for a very wearable timepiece. Its crown is positioned at 2 o’clock to free up space for wrist movement. It is worn on a hand-stitched alligator strap with a white gold pin buckle (or a folding buckle upon request). Price is set at CHF 79,000 excl. taxes. For more information, please visit www.romaingauthier.com.