The Swiss watchmaker Borgeaud has surprised observers by unveiling its patented Septagraph watch. Encouraged by three millennia of Southern India astronomical observation, the marvelous novelty demonstrates a profound attachment to the century-old Swiss horological traditions.
The new Borgeaud Septagraph watch is a respectful nod to the Indian Panchang, a calendar followed by hundreds of millions all over the world. It divides the day into daytime and nighttime halves, each comprising eight phases roughly ninety minutes long.
The point is, that seven of them are good for different kinds of activities when the Moon finds itself in a position, mostly favorable for making decisions. The eighth, meanwhile, is neutral or maybe even bad.
The Septagraph watch enables its owner to determine daily 90-minute Rahu periods, including the one, when it is advisable just to relax and let the time go.
By developing this unique Seven-Day complication, the brand’s highly qualified specialists pulled off a genuine technical feat, since the Rahu periods depend on the moon phase and never occur at one and the same time.
Extremely useful, this function is revealed on a so called “California” dial, performed in black, white or chocolate. The Rahu periods, implying eight daily phases between sunrise and sunset, are presented in a counter between 7 and 8 o’clock. The same counter is responsible for indicating the day of the week.
The moment the eight phase comes, a small arrow-shaped cut-out is immediately filled with a color. In the course of the next hour and a half, it is gradually emptied.
The new Borgeaud Septagraph watch exposes both Roman and Arabic applied numerals, located in the upper and lower part of the display respectively. Crafted from rose or white gold, they harmonize perfectly with a minute graduation, printed in black. The dial ensures hours, minutes and seconds, individually displayed by centralized hands, crafted from gold.
Giving life to the functions mentioned is a self-winding caliber BRG 11501 movement, adorned with 25 jewels. It operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a 42-hour power reserve.
The reliable mechanism incorporates a sophisticated rotor with exclusive custom-made decorations. They can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back. The sapphire glass is also used to protect the top of the round-shaped 46 mm case. It is rendered in 18-carat rose gold or 18-carat white gold. The water-resistance of the case is assured down to 50 meters.
Completing the incredible look of the new Borgeaud Septagraph watch is a noble brown leather strap.