Geneva, Switzerland – Maîtres du Temps, a new haute horlogerie brand, announced the completion of a successful serious of events in Russia and Ukraine on September 9th and September 11th. These followed the global launch of Maîtres du Temps in April 2008 in Geneva, Switzerland, and a 10-day tour of Asia in June 2008.
Steven Holtzman, founder of Maîtres du Temps, was accompanied to Russia and Ukraine by legendary watchmaker Mr. Roger Dubuis, one of three master watchmakers behind the creation of Chapter One. The series of presentations of Chapter One—the inaugural timepiece by Maîtres du Temps—began in Moscow and continued on to Kiev.
The Triumph Gallery, a pillar of contemporary art in Moscow, held a high-profile unveiling and press conference that featured Chapter One set against the backdrop of the Signs of Time exhibition project. Guests who were invited to examine the inaugural timepiece experienced an aesthetic thrill. The debut of Maîtres du Temps became a day to remember for creativity, art and style.
“It was both exciting and a special privilege for Maîtres du Temps to present Chapter One in the bustling markets of Moscow and Kiev,” said Mr. Holtzman. “The Russian and Ukrainian consumer has a great appreciation for luxury goods of outstanding quality, and that is compounded by a respect for complicated timepieces and the finer things in life.”
“This was my first time visiting Moscow and Kiev, and I was very impressed by the atmosphere. The heritage and the history, the colors of the cities, and the stunning architecture left an unforgettable impression of the past and an appreciation of the potential for the future,” said Mr. Roger Dubuis.
He added, “During our presentations, I felt that Chapter One was extremely well received and appreciated by the people of Russia and Ukraine. The interactions I had with the media were extraordinary. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for their genuine interest and for allowing me the opportunity to better know an exceptional watch culture illustrating a strong appreciation for the art of watchmaking.”
Chapter One is a world-first 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. The timepiece features a manual-wind mechanical movement, one-minute tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date indicator, retrograde GMT indicator, day of the week indication on a roller and a patented precise moon phase indication on a roller. Chapter One’s tonneau-shaped case is available in a limited series of 11 pieces with a suggested retail of US$400,000.
About Maîtres du Temps – Founded by Steven Holtzman, Maîtres du Temps, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a new haute horlogerie brand whose concept is to develop innovative, interesting and exclusive timepieces through collaborations of the world’s most accomplished independent master watchmakers. Each limited-series mechanical masterpiece is the symbiosis of the experience, art and technique of the craftsmen assembled for each collection.
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