When know-How becomes Art

LE DUEL PERPETUEL TOURBILLON

INTRO


A TOURBILLON ON TOP OF A DOUBLE RETROGRADE MIRROR SECONDS

This kinetic piece of Art introduces one of the most difficult complication ever made in the watchmaking industry : An in-line perpetual calendar (Day, Date, Month, year) able to move frontward and backward, a double retrograde second on top of a Tourbillon completes this amazing Timepiece.

THE STORY


For almost two centuries, L’Epée 1839 has exercised the same ingenuity in the design of its horological masterpieces. Over the years, the L’Epée 1839 watchmakers have continuously pushed back boundaries, which has enabled them to create extraordinary products.

The brand’s signature crossed swords take on a special role in this collection. The Manufacture has reinvented its movement equipped with a 40-day power reserve, and enriched it with complications developed by the watchmakers over its long history.

The modern and emblematic Le Duel collection, perfectly reflecting the renewal of the L’Epée 1839 brand, is the bridge connecting the past to the future.  Finely decorated and for the most part uncovered, Le Duel offers the magic of a superb Manufacture movement. The Le Duel Perpetual Tourbillon enables collectors and fine watchmaking enthusiasts to own a moving sculpture featuring an array of complications: tourbillon, perpetual calendar, double retrograde seconds and double power reserve indicators. 

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INSIGHTS


Le Duel Perpetuel Tourbillon combines the most beautiful horological complications in one table watch. This masterpiece, emblem of L’Epée 1839’s know how, includes a Perpetual Calendar, a Tourbillon, a Double Retrograde Second, and a Double Power Reserve animation. This kinetic piece of Art boards observers to a fascinating visual fencing story.

The Tourbillon
The tourbillon, considered to be one of the finest horological complications, is placed at the very top of the structure in this collection.  Its dimensions are such that the beholder is quickly captivated by the majestic waltz of the balance wheel. Particular attention has been paid to the design of the bridge supporting the carriage. Entirely produced in the L’Epée workshops, it is made of palladium-plated brass with flawless finishes.  Here too, the design is inspired by the brand’s logo.

The perpetual calendar
Desirous of asserting its expertise and drawing its inspiration from its long tradition of horological innovation, L’Epée has completed its Le Duel collection with a movement comprising a perpetual calendar. The designers and clockmakers have chosen to display the day, date, month and year in a linear fashion, from left to right, notably by means of six jumping disks. 
The gear train accumulates energy throughout the day, enabling the disks to perform an instant jump at midnight.
When the clock stops, the calendar information is reset using the unique L’Epée key in the same way the clock time is set. The day, date, month and year system does not become desynchronized, even at the start of a new year or during leap years, which is a remarkable feature for this type of complication. 

The double retrograde seconds
The double retrograde second hands placed at 12 o’clock, above the hours and minutes display, are two swords that gradually approach and cross over for a 20-second period, before snapping back to the vertical to take up the “en garde” position – like a pair of musketeers.

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. Proud of their power reserve and prepared to fight it out for 40 days, the two swords cross and point towards the 1. When these two same hands are pointing downwards towards the 0, forming the inverted logo, they evoke a musketeer giving up the fight.

Time display, and Double retrograde 20-second sword-hands

Perpetual calendar complication

Power reserve indicator

The Tourbillon

SPECIFICATIONS

The Le Duel Perpetual Tourbillon is a limited edition of 88 pieces available in two versions: Palladium or black gold

DESIGN & DISPLAY

Mechanical Timepiece: Hours, Minutes, Tourbillon, Double Retrograde Seconds in mirror, In Line Perpetual Calendar and Power Reserve Indicators

DIMENSIONS

220 x 276 x 110 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, Palladium coated

Finishing: Includes Côtes de Genève, anglage, polishing, sand-blasting, circular and vertical satin finishing

Structure & Base:
Sandblasted aluminum, matt black varnish
Soft touch black lacquered coating and Anti-refractive Mineral glass

FEATURES

Manual-winding: unique key sets time and winds movement

Double power-reserve indicator & double retrograde second hands: beveled hands

THE COLLECTION


Reference

50.6593/201

Silver - Limited edition of 88 pieces

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