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Mt. Joy, Pennsylvania-based independent watchmaker RGM commemorates the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park by launching a new watch with a hand-made cloisonné enamel dial that depicts a scene from the park.

The new RGM Yellowstone Model 25.

The new RGM Yellowstone Model 25 is an automatic model from the watchmaker’s Model 25 series that RGM builds using American-made 40mm steel cases with distinctive ribbed sides, a contoured bezel and curved lugs.

Its large dial opening depicts a mountain view fronted by a buffalo, an image inspired by a Work Projects Administration (WPA) poster from the 1940s.

The WPA posters, now in the Library of Congress, were designed to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, and health and educational programs in seventeen states and the District of Columbia.

RGM explains that cloisonné (‘to partition’ in French) is an enameling technique in which the outline of the design is formed by first adding compartments to the dial using wire. The wires remain visible in the finished piece. The artisan then adds the ‘cloisonné’, which is made with enamel powder made into a paste and kiln-fired.

The RGM Yellowstone Model 25 is a three-piece limited edition and the fourth watch RGM has released in celebration of its own thirtieth anniversary in 2022. Price: $13,900. 

Specifications: RGM Yellowstone Model 25 

Movement: Swiss-made automatic RGM-modified Caliber 1120 with RGM-made solid gold winding rotor, 28,800 vph, rhodium finish, Cote de Geneve and perlage finishes. Power Reserve of 42 hours.

Case: 40mm by 10.4mm American-made 316L stainless steel, sapphire crystal front and back, water-resistant to 50 meters, steel crown with Keystone insignia. 

Dial: Cloisonné center with Breguet line guilloche on chapter ring. Rhodium hands are matte-finished. 

Strap: Light brown alligator leather. 

Price: $13,900.

 

Fans of the Italian-based comic Diabolik can now wear an ode to their favorite master thief when they strap on the new Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Diabolik Limited Edition.

The Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Diabolik Limited Edition is a limited edition of 25 pieces.

Franck Muller created the new watch to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the comic, which debuted in 1962 and has since become one of the best-selling comics worldwide.  

The watchmaker nicely channels the mysterious Diabolik on the watch’s dark lacquered dial, which features a masked set of alluring eyes topped by blood-red hands, all placed within a black PVD Cintrée Curvex case.

(See specifications below for additional technical details about the automatic watch, a limited edition of twenty-five pieces).

Franck Muller also created the watch as a tribute to Diabolik designer Enzo Facciolo, who died in 2021, and will offer one watch from the limited series to the designer’s nephew.

The watches can be purchased from Ronchi Gioielli in Milan, which has been an official Franck Muller dealer for several years. Price upon request.

Specifications: Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex Diabolik Limited Edition Collection

Reference: 7880 SC DT DIABOLIK NR 

Case: Stainless steel with black PVD coating, hand polished, sapphire crystal, water resistant to 30 meters. 

Dial: Twenty layers of black translucent lacquer, date at 6 o’clock.

Movement: Franck Muller automatic MVT FM 800-DT with bidirectional rotor, power reserve of 42 hours, Côtes de Genève and brushed sunray pattern finishing on the bridges and the rotor, circular graining on the two sides of the main plate, chamfering of the bridges 24k gold bath and rhodium plating of the components. In addition, 24-karat gold finish on the written engravings, circular brushing of the rotor ball bearing, brushing sunray pattern on the barrel, polishing at 45° and brushed sunray pattern on the ratchet. Polished and blued screws. 

Strap: Black rubber with steel buckle topped with black PVD coating.

The watch is available exclusively at Ronchi Gioielli  in Milan. (Tel: 0039 02 877 449 and E-mail: info@ronchigioielli.com.)

Zenith and French ski-wear maker Fusalp have teamed to create a pair of 41mm ceramic-cased Defy skeleton watches. Each model pairs Zenith’s signature star and Fusalp’s French tricolor hues on an inventive skeleton dial.

The Zenith Defy Classic Fusalp Black Ceramic.

One model, the Zenith Defy Classic Fusalp White Ceramic ($11,000) will be offered as a limited edition of 100 pieces, while the Zenith Defy Classic Fusalp Black Ceramic ($10,000) will be made as a limited edition of 300.

For its part, Fusalp will launch a matching skiwear collection, complete with a black and white theme, the French tricolor and the snowflake motif.

Zenith devised the new open-work dial for the collaborative series. In addition to the Zenith star and tricolor frame around the dial, the new watch’s cleverly drafted dial deftly exposes Zenith’s high-frequency Elite automatic movement, which powers each watch.

The Le Locle watchmaker also created a custom rubber strap for the special editions. The unusual rubber material in the strap features a fabric-like structure with a raised motif of concentric rectangles. The idea, according to Zenith, is to complement the skeleton dial with a similar graphic element.

With the new Open Gear ReSec Tiger, Lucerne-based Chronoswiss continues its impressive roll-out of inventive dial treatments within its regulator-layout Open Gear ReSec collection.

The new Chronoswiss Open Gear ReSec Tiger.

For the latest example, Chronoswiss artisans create the illusion of a tiger fur pattern in guilloché using a rose engine turning machine from 1924. Paired with a blackened three-dimensional regulator components, the unique, deep-cut dial almost roars with its dramatic orange and black hue.

The dial, which is actually part of the automatic Chronoswiss C.301 movement, highlights the regulator’s large central minute hand that crosses atop the prominent hour display at 12 o’clock.

Named for its premier function (ReSec stands for Retrograde Seconds), the watch’s jumping seconds hand along the lower half of the dial operates in a half-circle, leaping from the thirty seconds position back to start its arc to complete counting each minute. The leaping hand echoes ‘the ‘danger of the solitary hunter’, as Chronoswiss vividly explains.

The 44mm Open Gear ReSec Tiger, with the familiar Chronoswiss knurled bezel and onion crown, is a limited edition of fifty.

Price: $11,000. 

Maurice Lacroix created a special version of its Aikon skeleton watch to be auctioned by Phillips to benefit TimeForArt, a watch auction charity that supports contemporary artists and public art education. The auction, Phillips’ New York Watch Auction: ‘Seven,’ is slated for December 10 and 11.

The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Skeleton Rainbow.

For the special auction piece, Maurice Lacroix has worked closely with movement specialist Sellita to devise a new version of its automatic ML115 (base SW200).

The watchmaker has applied a special rainbow treatment to the movement plate and bridges. The oscillating weight has also been is customized, incorporating sandblasted and sun-brushed decoration.

Housed in a 39mm stainless steel case, the special Aikon skeleton watch  is supplied with a matching bracelet and supplied with an additional black rubber strap. Auction estimate: $3,000 – $6,000.