Hands-On – Schwarz-Etienne ‘La Chaux-de-Fonds’ Tourbillon

Hands-On – Schwarz-Etienne ‘La Chaux-de-Fonds’ Tourbillon

Presented in 2016, the La Chaux-de-Fonds Tourbillon was named as a recognition for the city where the brand was founded in 1902 by Paul Arthur Schwarz and Olga Etienne. Subsequent to investigating a portion of their watches (, for example, the Tourbillon Seconde Retrograde ) and having investigated at  the assembling , we presently go involved with their dial-side miniature rotor flying tourbillon watch.

The La Chaux-de-Fonds Tourbillon is the main Tourbillon development introduced by Schwarz Etienne since it set out on a vertical reconciliation system a couple of years prior, when Raffaello Radicchi put resources into the company to revive this exceptionally old brand (read our presentation article about the brand here ). It is a cycle of a group of developments, which commenced with the introduction of the MSE (Manual Schwarz Etienne) type in 2012; a decent 13”’ ¼ lignes twin barrel development with 6 scaffolds, and bragging 4 days power hold. It was trailed by the ASE (Automatic Schwarz Etienne – 2013), the ISE (Irreversible Schwarz Etienne – 2015) and afterward the TSE (Tourbillon Schwarz Etienne – 2016) that we are investigating here.

At 30.4 mm in breadth, the type TSE121.00 is a large programmed development with its miniature rotor on the dial side, which, along with the artful dance of the tourbillon, adds a ton a visual depth and dynamism to the watch face. Schwarz Etienne decided on a flying tourbillon, a slanted development: the shortfall of an upper scaffold provides an unhindered perspective on the mechanical cycles occurring. It is completely developed and produced in-house, including its balance haggle the hairspring. The force save is 3.5 days and it runs at a recurrence of 21’600 vibrations per hour.

The development is somewhat noticeable, as inset from the Roman numerals, the focal point of the dial is openworked. The situating of the miniature rotor, barrel and tourbillon on the principle plate frames a decent balance. It is finely decorated with Geneva stripes, sandblasting and hand-chamfering.

The rich case is rendered in steel or pink gold, and despite its somewhat large width (44 mm), it wears well gratitude to its wrist-embracing cambered hauls. Its back is engraved with a cog wheels theme, and it has a round opening around the tourbillon. It includes a curved bezel outlining a sapphire precious stone. It is magnificently gotten done with substitute satined/cleaned surfaces, while the crown is engraved with the brand’s logo.

The Tourbillon La Chaux-de-Fonds is combined with a subjective crocodile lash with gator lining and a collapsing buckle. For more data, visit www.schwarz-etienne.com .


Technical particulars – Schwarz Etienne Tourbillon La Chaux-de-Fonds

  • Case: 44 mm x 13.40 mm–steel or pink gold – sapphire gem – engraved case back with opening on the tourbillon – water impervious to 50m
  • Movement: TSE121.00 – 30.40 x 6.35 mm – mechanical with automatic winding (miniature rotor) – 3.5 days power save – 21’600 vibrations/h – 34 gems – hours and minutes – one-minute flying tourbillon – 219 parts.
  • Strap:  croc lash with crocodile lining, collapsing buckle
  • Price: CHF 44,280 in steel, CHF 69,100 in pink gold