Daniel Roth Unveils Papillon Chronograph Watch

Nov 13, 2008
In 2008, Daniel Roth unveils the first ever chronograph model, an intriguing and original version of its iconic Papillon.

The unique Papillon Chronograph proudly reveals the patented two-minute-hands mechanism, featuring large blued hands.

Having joined the Academie collection, the new Daniel Roth Papillon Chronograph accommodates an elite mechanical self-winding column-wheel chronograph movement - Frederic Piguet Calibre 1185.

The movement is completely finished by Daniel Roth and equipped with extra proprietary complication modules, providing the patented pivoting two-minute-hand mechanism, two chronograph counters and central chronograph hand.

The two lozenge-shaped pivoting-head minute hands are the trademark of the Daniel Roth Papillon line. Put at a 180 degree angle, the hands turn in the same direction on a single axis, being driven by a disc rotating on the central axis. Getting to the 60 position, one hand pivots 90 degree on its own axis to retract, and the other hand immediately extends to appear at 0 minutes.

In comparison to the conventional retrograde minutes system, the Daniel Roth mechanism requires less energy and less parts, being stronger and more reliable.

The signature Daniel Roth ellipsocurvex case of the watch, designed to ensure an optimal fit on the wrist, features generous dimensions - 43 x 46 mm, being crafted from yellow gold, white gold or red gold. The case has incorporated the trademark Daniel Roth ridged crown, with two chronograph pushbuttons at the sides, and a flat sapphire case back that allows to enjoy the view of the beautifully decorated movement at work.

The one-of-a-kind dial of the Papillon chronograph is based on the concept of supreme openness and transparency. It features a range of visual elements for enhanced read-off and powerful aesthetic appeal. The silver-colored or ruthenium dial base is embellished with Cotes de Geneve. The dial is protected by a transparent sapphire curvex crystal, glare-proofed on both sides.

The 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph counters, completed with black numerals, are found at 10 and 2 o'clock respectively and overlap the chronograph seconds circle in the center.

The visually-appealing black minute semi-circle shows off large numerals to guarantee perfect readability on a multi-layer dial. It is adorned with a guilloche clous de Paris motif. The white semi-circular minute track is found inside the chronograph seconds circle.

As Daniel Roth designers devote meticulous attention to every detail, the chronograph seconds hand stops at 6 o'clock in order to keep the visibility of the jumping-hour display at 12 o'clock.


The Papillon Chronograph embraces the wrist with a black, blue or brown crocodile leather strap, fitted with the Daniel Roth buckle. To provide perfect comfort of wearing, the leather strap is completed with special inserts for a perfect fit on the wrist.

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