In what probably counts as a radical departure from the ‘look’ with which we have become familiar, Romain Gauthier has launched his new Continuum Titanium Edition One.
With a noticeably more ‘casual sporty’ vibe than those associated with his name, and a noticeably different bezel and case, it is intended to appeal to a younger audience, and will be placed within the Freedom collection.
The watches that are placed within this collection family are said to be “bold statements for the wrist” and currently consists of the Logical One, the Insight Micro-Rotor, and the Prestige HMS. Those models have a very clear ‘Gauthier’ feel about them on both the dial and movement sides. What is bold about the new Continuum Titanium Edition One may be that it is so different to these.
Coming in a Grade 5 titanium case of 41mm (9.5mm thick), the bezel, case, and lugs emphasise curves, with the lines between the latter two, in particular, not something that we normally associate with Gauthier. The bezel is first machined into a round shape. Six straight sides are then cut, creating six facets, which are polished, contrasting to the stain finishing of the bezel. The case band and lugs also feature a combination of satin and polishing finishing. The crown is at 2 o’clock and features a rubber ring – in fact the watch comes with two rings, one red and the other, grey.
The use of titanium extends to the grey dial, which is sandblasted natural Grade 5 titanium. The ‘off-centredness’ of the brand’s dial sides can also be seen here. However in this instance, although in a far more traditional fashion, there are design quirks.
The hour and minute hands are actually off-centred on the horizontal axis, the hour indices taper, and the 5-second intervals of the small seconds at 7 o’clock mirror the tapering and varying length pattern of the hour indices. The hands, applied numerals, and indices are 18k white gold and filled with Super-LumiNova.
It is on the reverse, through the open case back, that this new model is more familiarly ‘Gauthier’.
As with the case and the dial plate, titanium has also been used here, with the bridges are made from Grade 5 titanium. Beating at 28,800 VPH and with a power reserve of 60 hours, the manually-wound movement is made from a combination of titanium, steel, stainless steel, and German silver. The gears are rhodium-treated.
Dominating the scene are thoroughly modern looking horizontal finger bridges with a ‘stepped’ shape previously seen on some of Logical One’s bridges.
The outer edges of each bridge all feature a double bevel, and the hand-finished flat bridge surfaces and rubies are framed by a straight-grained raised border. The movement mainplate beneath has been hand-frosted. The gears and ratchet wheel feature circular, bevelled that are circular-grained, and the click, snail cam and screws with S-slot heads are polished. The lid of the mainspring barrel has a snailed decoration. Its regulator features the Romain Gauthier balance wheel with curved arms and calibrated eccentric weights, plus a triangular (for rigidity) hand-assembled pallet lever.
The Continuum has a hacking seconds, with a brake on the balance wheel. Again, there is a Gauthier feature here, with the use of a snail cam to stop the balance wheel rather than a straight or L-shaped balance stop lever.
Weighing in at 55g, including the grey rubber strap with a satin-finished and polished Grade 5 titanium pin buckle, it comes in a limited edition of 28 pieces, with “1 of 28” engraved on the back of the movement. The new Continuum Titanium Edition One is priced at CHF 37,000 (without taxes).
[Photo credit: Romain Gauthier]