When know-How becomes Art

LE DUEL

INTRO


EN GARDE !

The modern and emblematic Le Duel collection perfectly reflects the renewal of the L’Epée 1839  brand and offers the magic of a fully visible 40-day movement with understated architecture and pure lines.

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THE STORY


The hands of Le Duel visual animations are swords, drawing their inspiration from the L’Epée logo to subtly bring the table clock to life. The swords evoke the battle with time, and have become the signature of the brand for this collection of exclusive Swiss-made contemporary clocks.

This resolutely contemporary kinetic sculpture brings together tradition and fine watchmaking with an array of visual effects. From top to bottom, the eye is drawn first to the regular oscillations of the escapement balance wheel, under which the two sword-shaped retrograde second hands fly back every twenty seconds in a fencing display. Next the eye comes to rest on the five-barrel movement and its fascinating dance of cogs, followed by an animated logo giving the remaining power reserve. The fully visible movement is protected by a glass case, and stands proudly on its base.

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INSIGHTS


This resolutely contemporary collection brings together tradition and fine watchmaking with an array of visual effects. From top to bottom, the eye is drawn first to the regular oscillations of the Incabloc escapement balance wheel, under which the two sword-shaped retrograde second hands spring back every twenty seconds. Next, the eye comes to rest on the five-barrel movement and its fascinating dance of geartrains, followed by the two more solemn power reserve hands. The mechanism is protected by a glass case, and presented simply on its base.

The hours and minutes are displayed at the center of the clock via two diamond-cut beveled hands.
Reading the time is facilitated by the addition of a 3 and a 9, evoking the establishment of the brand in (18)39.

The double retrograde seconds
The double retrograde second hands placed at twelve o'clock, above the hours and minutes display, are two swords that gradually approach and cross over a 20-second period, before snapping back to the vertical to take up the “en garde” position. This 20-second cycle has been made possible by the addition of geartrains to the basic Duel movement. Thus 327 gear teeth are required to operate the double retrograde seconds’ animation.

The double power reserve animation
The two power-reserve hands, placed at six o’clock at the bottom of the movement, move simultaneously from 1 to 0. They rotate through 300° and indicate the remaining autonomy. When the swords are crossed and pointing to the 1, the power reserve is at its maximum. When they cross again, pointing downwards to the 0, it is time to wind the movement!

Hours and minutes display

The double retrograde 20-second sword-hands

The two power-reserve sword-hands indicator

Without the glass case

SPECIFICATIONS

DUEL is available in three versions, DUEL, DUEL II, DUEL BLACKPEARL 

DUEL BLACKPEARL is produced in two limited editions of 300 pieces

DESIGN & DISPLAY

Mechanical Timepiece: hours, minutes, double retrograde second hands, double power-reserve indicator

172 components

DIMENSIONS

177 x 207 x 100 mm

MOVEMENT

L’Epée 1839 in-house caliber 2010
Balance wheel frequency: 18,000 A/h / 2.5 Hz
5 barrels series-mounted 
Power reserve: 40 days

MATERIALS & FINISHING

Movement: Brass, Nickel-Palladium

Finishing: gold-plated, palladium-plated, All Black, polished, satin-finished, sandblasted, anglage, polished, Côtes de Genève 

Structure & Base:
Duel & Duel II: Sandblasted aluminum, matt black varnish
Duel Blackpearl: Brushed beeswax-treated oak wood base with polished gold- or palladium-plated logo

Anti-refractive Mineral glass

FEATURES

Manual-winding: unique key sets time and winds movement

Double power-reserve indicator & double retrograde second hands: beveled hands in the form of a sword blade made of palladium-coated polished brass. 

THE COLLECTION


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50.6591/201

LE DUEL

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LE DUEL II

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LE DUEL BLACKPEARL Black & Gold - Limited edition of 300 pieces

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LE DUEL BLACKPEARL Black & Silver - Limited edition of 300 pieces

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