Sunday, March 7, 2010

Daniel Roth- Pappilion Chronograph

2008 was definitely a great year for Daniel Roth as the worldwide known brand takes pride in announcing the launching of the first chronograph model. Even though Daniel Roth has gained popularity for the exquisite timepieces created over the years, by adding the new Papillon Chronograph to the already existing models in the family, the company has managed to bring novelty and maintain alive the interest of those customers that have remained devoted to the brand over the years.

Issued in a limited edition of 250 watches, all of which were sold, the Papillon was subsequently revisited by Daniel Roth in 2005. Powered like its predecessor by an ultra-thin self-winding Girard-Perregaux movement and capable of accommodating the additional modules for the complications developed and manufactured by the Daniel Roth engineers, technicians and watchmakers, it is naturally finished entirely at the Manufacture Daniel Roth in Le Sentier. This excellent calibre is housed in the new version of the brand’s signature ellipsocurvex case ensuring an optimal fit on the wrist. A polished “cover” encloses the upper part of the watch, the smooth surface of which is broken only by the jump hour window and a smaller central seconds window. Meanwhile, a “smile-shaped” display extending over the entire lower part of the dial enables one to follow the intricate workings of the fascinating minute-hand mechanism in operation.

Far more sophisticated than one might initially imagine, what at first glance seems to be a traditional retrograde minute display is in fact composed of lozenge-shaped pivoting-head minute hands that have become the trademark of the Papillon line. Positioned at a 180° angle, they turn in the same direction on a single axis, driven by a disc rotating on the central axis. Upon reaching the 60 position, one pivots 90° on its own axis to retract, and the other instantly extends to appear at 0 minutes. Compared with a traditional retrograde minutes system, this mechanism uses less energy and requires less parts. It is thus both stronger and more reliable, while drawing less upon the movement’s power reserve.

  The new Daniel Roth Papillon Chronograph is nothing but gentle to your wrist and eye-catching when it comes to the visual effect.

Indeed, there is a smiley face like indicator stretched from 3 o clock to 9 o clock, perhaps the designer of this watch is trying to conveying people who are wearing this watch to always stay happy and smile? =)

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