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Maitres du Temps Completes Asian Tour

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

GENEVA, Switzerland – Maîtres du Temps, a new haute horlogerie brand, announced that they have completed a successful ten-day tour around Asia, which is today one of the most important regions for luxury brands. The tour ran from June 10–20 and followed the global launch of Maîtres du Temps in April 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Steven Holtzman, founder of Maîtres du Temps, was accompanied on the Asia tour by legendary watchmaker Mr. Roger Dubuis, one of three master watchmakers behind the creation of Chapter One. The Asian series of presentations of Chapter One—the inaugural timepiece by Maîtres du Temps—began in Hong Kong and continued on to Taipei, Singapore, Shanghai and Beijing.

In each location, selected watch collectors, enthusiasts and members of the press were invited to an exclusive cocktail hour and dinner where they met with Mr. Dubuis and had an intimate opportunity to examine and discuss Chapter One.

Chapter One is a combination of complications and is the result of a unique collaboration between master watchmakers Mr. Christophe Claret, Mr. Roger Dubuis and Mr. Peter Speake-Marin. Chapter One features a manual-wind mechanical movement, one-minute tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date indicator, retrograde GMT indicator, day of the week indication on roller and a patented precise moon phase indication on roller.

Chapter One’s tonneau-shaped case is available in a limited edition of 11 pieces each in red gold, white gold and titanium.

The first models are expected to arrive in Hong Kong by September 2008 and will retail for approximately US$395,000—making it one of the world’s most expensive first timepieces from a new brand.

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