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Romain Gauthier’s Logical One Secret: Fine Art and Haute Horlogerie

By Chris Boyle

Romain Gauthier Logical One_Romain Gauthier has introduced the Logical One Secret timepiece, which features an unparalleled fusion of superlative expressions of fine art and award-winning haute horlogerie.

With its cover closed, hours, minutes and seconds are embraced in a glittering ocean of diamonds cascading right down to the lugs. An incredible 181 invisibly set baguette diamonds, totally nearly seven carats, make for an ever-changing panorama of constantly glittering and sparkling reflections.

A gentle squeeze on the pusher discreetly set into the caseband at 4 o’clock lifts the cover, revealing the intricate complexity of Logical one’s award-winning − Best Men’s Complications Watch at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève − multi-patented constant force movement.

The fully integrated cover sensually follows the form of the sapphire crystal underneath to create a canvas for artists of many mediums, e.g. gem setting, guilloche, miniature painting, enameling, engraving to ‘paint’.

Invisibly set diamonds

The craftsmanship required for invisible diamond setting is even more demanding than most in that it requires not one but two skilled artists: gem setter and diamond cutter.

To be invisibly set, each and every diamond has to be carefully grooved, with each cut running the very real risk of breaking the stone. However, while invisibly set diamonds are very difficult to accomplish, the effect is spectacular as, without visible support, the gems look larger and light can reflect and refract throughout unimpeded in an explosion of brilliance.

And besides the sheer transcendental aesthetical magnificence of a cover and lugs blanketed in 100s of stunning diamonds, they also provide a practical advantage in creating an extremely scratch resistant case.

Four patents

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Logical One Secret features the quadruple-patent-pending Romain Gauthier flat chain-and-fusee style constant force system with ruby chain links, ergonomic push button winding system, dial-side visible balance, mainspring barrel with sapphire inserts, plus a 60-hour power reserve indicator.

The timepiece can be commissioned to reflect the client’s choice of artwork and case material.  The Logical One Secret pictured features 181 invisibly set baguette diamonds totaling 6.9 carats in a 5N red gold case.

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