Hands-On The Romain Gauthier Prestige HMS Stainless Steel (With Meteorite Dial)
One of the coolest watches I saw at SIHH 2019 is one I needed to leave well enough alone until the present time. While we frequently head into the show knowing generally what’s in store from the greater brands, what the little folks reveal is commonly a mystery until you venture into their stall. While visiting Romain Gauthier, he showed my partner James and I this magnificence: the HMS Prestige Stainless Steel, another interpretation of one of his primary models. Be that as it may, the name doesn’t recount the full story. Notwithstanding being the indy watchmaker’s first sequentially created model in tempered steel, this restricted release likewise comes with an uncommon shooting star dial taken from an uncommon example sourced from northern Australia. Like I said, the name doesn’t do it justice.
On its substance, this is a beautiful essential watch. You have a 43mm tempered steel case and only three hands showing the hours, minutes, and seconds (which, incidentally, is the place where the name “HMS” comes from). Notwithstanding, there’s somewhat more to it than that. Most importantly, there’s the non-customary dial design, which has two fundamental registers: the hours/minutes register, which is focused left to right however slanted toward the highest point of the dial, and the sub-seconds register, which covers the hours/minutes register down around five o’clock. The outcome is a lovely imbalance that is both incredibly intelligible and enjoyable to take a gander at. Watchmakers are continually searching for better approaches to do moderately straightforward things, and I think Romain Gauthier has gotten it exceptionally here, making something that is the correct blend of natural and fresh.
What makes this watch additional unique however is the dial. To go with the treated steel case, Gauthier has picked a shooting star dial. Presently, a ton of brands make watches with shooting star dials, yet this one is something far in excess of the standard thing. The shooting star utilized here is from the Henbury hole field in northern Australia, coming from a bigger part that was first found route back in 1931. Shooting star is the same old thing for Gauthier however, since when he was growing up his dad was a stone and mineral gatherer – this is the thing that attracted him to the material for this venture and why he selected a particularly unique specimen.
The real dial is a bit of shooting star that is 33mm across and simply 0.8mm thick. The example that you see is known as the Widmanstätten design and is an aftereffect of the glasslike structure shaped by the nickel-iron in the shooting star as it gradually cools more than a long period of time. Gauthier chose this piece for its bigger than-regular gems, which makes for a bolder dial. He likewise chose to apply little white gold hour markers and darkened hands, both loaded up with Super-LumiNova, to build intelligibility, which can some of the time be an issue when you have a dial with this much example to it. (Note that the example I captured during SIHH didn’t yet have the darkened hands, henceforth the cleaned finish you find in these pictures.)
You may have seen at this point that the Prestige HMS has no customary crown to talk about. That is on the grounds that the Caliber 2206 HMS development uses a level crown set into the rear of the case. Presently, I need to apologize: In the disarray of SIHH, I just got this one average photograph of the 2206, and it doesn’t do the development equity by any stretch of the imagination. Romain Gauthier’s developments are probably the most exceptionally completed in the business today, with each point profoundly sloped, each surface either dark cleaned or luxuriously brushed, and every single detail really focused on with incredible consideration. This adaptation of the type specifically stands apart for its high-contrast treatment, with the matte dark extensions going about as a ground for the rhodium-treated haggle unique equilibrium. I’ve said it previously , however on the off chance that you’ve never seen one of Romain Gauthier’s watches in the metal, you should fix that ASAP.
The HMS Prestige is a watch that, from various perspectives, is directly right up my alley. However, otherly, it’s not normal for whatever else I’d wear. This push-and-pull is the thing that I love such a great amount about the HMS Prestige, and this variety of it specifically. At 43mm across, the HMS Prestige is a lot bigger than any watch I’d normally wear – however with the thin profile (12.1mm) and the level crown on the back, it wears less than you’d expect and is incredibly comfortable. The shooting star dial is somewhat conspicuous, however in a calm way that gives a false representation of exactly how extraordinary it is. The unbalanced design is fascinating without being problematic to intelligibility or appearing to be bizarre for the good of its own. So, I’ve for quite some time been a fanatic of Romain Gauthier as a brand and this may be my #1 watch from them yet.
The Romain Gauthier HMS Meteorite is a restricted release of only 10 pieces, with every one being extraordinary because of the idea of the shooting star dials. The watch is estimated at CHF 68,000 (barring charges). For additional, visit Romain Gauthier on the web .