Badollet Creates Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater Watch

Mar 09, 2010
The watchmaking house Badollet rose to prominence in 1872, when its pocket watches earned the first three places on the winners rostrum in the course of the Concours de l'Observatoire.

Now, the illustrious company is delighted to bring out its new superb model, dubbed Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater. As its name suggests, the watch is endowed with a minute repeater, kept company by a flying tourbillon.

Ticking inside the charming Badollet watch is a manually-wound BAD1655 calibre movement, which provides a respectable 80-hour power reserve. It serves to animate the functions of hours, minutes and that of minute repeater.

All the technical surprises of the watch are housed by a 44 mm case, sculptured in 18K white gold. The case reveals its character cast in a distinctive style, reminiscent that of a fob-watch. On the dial side it is shielded by a sapphire crystal with internal and external anti-glare treatment. The model is water-resistant up to 30 meters.

Embraced by the case is an skeleton opaline dial. It is embellished with 72 baguette diamonds and 12 sapphires. The total weight of the jewels is 2.67 carats. The dial is highlighted by the flying tourbillon, placed at 6 oclock. It is joined by the minute repeater slide piece at 9 oclock.

The Badollet Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater watch is secured to the wearers wrist on a hand-stitched alligator leather strap, featuring matt or shiny finish. The strap terminates in an 18K white gold folding clasp or buckle.

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