Romain Gauthier: Ultra High-End Horology

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Watch manufacturer Romain Gauthier presents with the Insight Micro-Rotor Natural Titanium a watch which is light, sturdy and easy on the eye. It is casually styled and modestly sized with a spectacular manufacture movement that is efficient, powerful, uncomplicated – and highly visible, even on the dial side.

Part of the timepieces’ splendour lies in the contrasts created by the various finishes applied: Light and dark, polished and satin-finished, straight-grained and hand-frosted.
Sweeping around the centre of the dial are small seconds surrounded by an hour-minute subdial at 12 o’clock, the beating balance at 6 o’clock and, at 9 o’clock, the swaying micro-rotor, framed by a cut-out in the mainplate. This compact oscillating weight turns fluidly between two bridges, each fitted with a friction-minimising, wear-resistant ruby bearing. The black NAC-mainplate makes the palladium-treated bridges visually pop, with the straight-graining of the dial-side bridges counterpointed by the frosting on the mainplate. And the enamel dial bears a sumptuous gloss.

The Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Natural Titanium comes in a perfectly executed 39.5 mm titanium case that is light an sturdy. The case band and bezel are polished, while the lugs and the case back are satin-finished. The case is water resistant up to 5 atm.

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In-house automatic movement featuring a gold bidirectional micro-rotor, that  winds a serially operating double mainspring barrel that, when fully wound, provides 80 hours of power reserve. The movement works at a frequency of 4 Hz.
Apart from the insight, the watch provides through its dial, there are more stunning views of the movement through the display back: The sinuous shapes of the bevelled and polished bridges are juxtaposed by the linear plaquettes adorning them, while gears and ratchets stand out for their circular arms that also have been bevelled.

Romain Gauthier limited the Insight Micro-Rotor Natural Titanium to a edition of only 10 pieces – but there’s also a equally limited edition which comes in Black Titanium. Strap options include casual matte black alligator leather and black natural rubber.

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