Classic Design: The André Belfort Le Capitaine Silver

_MG_7540_Watchmaker André Belfort has many different watches in his current collection and every model comes in different colors and styles. We’ve picked the André Belfort Le Capitaine silver to take a closer look.

This watch has numerous different functions. These include a day-, month- and 24-hour-display as well as a date window. These are in the following way arranged on the dial: At 9 o’clock lies the subdial showing the day, at 12 o’clock the subdial for the month and on 6 o’clock the 24-hour-display. The latter also features a built-in day-night-display. The date window lies on 3 o’clock. Hours, minutes and seconds are displayed traditionally by central hands and big Roman numerals.
The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire glass. To enhance the date display the glass contains a ingrained magnifier above it.

The Le Capitaine silver is powered by the automatic caliber ETK 811. The movement and its features are controlled by the crown and the two pushers. The bezel is equipped with an engraved tachymeter scale for calculating velocities. Even if you won’t use this feature at all and under no circumstances – the tachymetre adds an interesting and rather beautiful appeal to the general design of this timepiece.

AB_8110_silber_FrontThe stainless steel case is 38 mm in diameter and 14 mm in height and because of its rather moderate size the watch can be worn by men and women. It is water-resistant up to 5 ATM and features a matching stainless steel bracelet.

The overall design and the legibility of the dial would have benefited from plain indices instead of the outsized Roman numerals. Also the date window could have been smaller – especially because of the magnifier in the glass. The white hands are a little bit too matching and only a short glance on the dial won’t do the job. But the design of this watch is inherently consistent and that makes this a beautiful timepiece.

Alltogether there are 12 different models of the André Belfort Le Capitaine available, including different colored dials.

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