Ode au Printemps
Red gold 5N 18 ct
Domed saphhire crystal with anti-reflection treatment on both sides
5 ATM / 50 m
Manufactured automatic with micro-rotor "Irreversible" ISE 100.00
30.40 mm (13 ¼’’’)
Small seconds at 11 o’clock
3 Hz (21'600 Alt/h)
Slate-coloured, honeycomb-shaped brass and sub-dial in honey-coloured kevlar texture
Micro-rotor mass wheel in the shape of a daisy in white gold 18ct
Hand-engraved, hand-painted aluminium bee
Kevlar-textured, honey coloured ratchet
Brass with golden treatment and Super-Luminova®
Full skin black alligator, hand-sewn with matte saffron alligator lining
Folding buckle in red gold 5N 18ct with Schwarz Etienne logo
Commencing with spring time, this first edition of “Odes aux Saisons”, explores the fascinating world of bees. These insects are celebrated in each of the three expertly-crafted and unique timepieces. The association is not purely accidental. Bees, closely associated to literature and philosophy, are represented in the coat of arms of the Swiss city where Schwarz Etienne resides - La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Enriching and completing the edition is the Roswell. In gaining its anthracite appearance, the cells have undergone black rhodium treatment. The daisy-shaped white gold mass wheel is entirely hand-chiselled. This remarkable and meticulous work of cutting, engraving and miniature painting creates an environment for the bee to reveal its transparent trompe-l'oeil wings.
The dial and ratchet have been decorated to create a honey-coloured kevlar texture in slight contrast to the rose gold case. The Irreversible movement (ISE) of the Roswell model originates from the first automatic movement created, and fully manufactured, by Schwarz Etienne – the ASE. The latter has been inverted creating a new dimension in terms of design and allowing the collector to appreciate the complications on the dial side: the off-centre micro-rotor, the small second shifted to 11 o'clock, the exhaust bridge and the balance at 1 o'clock as well as an extended power reserve of more than 86 hours. For this version, a black alligator strap with yellow stitching and a saffron alligator lining come to dress the work.
30.40 mm (13 ¼’’’)
Main plate : fine sandblasted
Mobiles (wheels): circular graining
Steel components: satin finishing and sunray
Micro-rotor: hand bevelling and micro-blasting