When know-How becomes Art

LA TOUR NOIRE

INTRO


TRUE INTENSITY

As clockmaking is not the simplest of art forms, L’Epée 1839 has grappled with numerous constraints on its road to creating the very best, successfully adapting its designs to technical complexities.

THE STORY


La Tour is inspired by the architectural currents of the early 1920s, with their minimalist approach. The collection’s design is based on ideas from the Bauhaus, an artistic movement built around the creative principle that “function dictates form”. As such, a succession of geartrains dictates the various curves of the plates to form a single, uncluttered whole: the skeleton movement. Having recently adopted the famous expression “Less is More”, La Tour is the perfect illustration of the 20th century’s modernist wave, which paved the way for many of today’s pared-down creations.

 

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INSIGHTS


The structure is made up of a base, whose finish varies according to the version selected (gold-plated, palladium-plated or black varnish), and a polished glass dome manufactured by our expert partners, who refuse even the smallest of variations that could compromise the clocks’ aesthetics. The purpose of this structure is twofold: to protect the horological movement from dust and “human intrusions”, and to create a play of light and reflections on the La Tour mechanism.

Certain models in the La Tour Noire collection exude a different feeling altogether, with Côtes de Genève on the front plates adding texture and verticality to the clocks. The black versions are dark and modern, and also play with reflections and perspective. The Swiss Made Caliber 1853 movement was created entirely by L’Epée. La Tour Noire collection features two plates with various finishes depending on the model selected, a complete geartrain outlining the movement, its escapement, and a presentation structure consisting of a base and glass dome. The entire movement is made up of 143 parts, passionately assembled by master watchmakers.

Far from the perfectly mastered, spectacular horological complications for which L’Epée 1839 is known, it is the balance of aesthetics and technical choices that lends the La Tour collection its true intensity.

 

 

The escapement

Skeletonized hands

Vertical construction

Mineral glass dome

SPECIFICATIONS

DESIGN & DISPLAY

Mechanical Timepiece: hours and minutes
Skeleton hands with specific design from L'Epée 1839
Components 143

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT

108 mm height - 60 mm width - 49 mm depth (hands included)
Weight: 1.1 kg

MOVEMENT

L’Epée 1839 in-house caliber 1853
Balance frequency: 18,000 bph / 2.5Hz
One barrel
Power reserve 8 days

MATERIALS & FINISHING

Brass with gold, palladium or glossy black lacquer
Mineral glass
Include Côtes de Genève, polishing, sand-blasting, circular satin finishing
Gold-plated or Palladium-plated movement and Black housing

FEATURES

Manual-winding: unique key sets time and winds movement

THE COLLECTION


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76.6589/001

Gold

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76.6589/121

Silver

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76.6589/201

Black & Silver

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76.6589/211

Black & Silver

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