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Claude Bernard Classic Automatic Open Heart Collection

Claude Bernard Classic Automatic Open Heart Collection


by Adrian Herscovici  

Claude Bernard Swiss-Made WatchesThe “open heart” concept on a watch dial is a feature that appeals to watch enthusiasts everywhere. Whether it is fully skeletonized, or a small window, the chance to see the moving components of a mechanical watch through the dial provides a constant reminder of all that is enchanting about watchmaking.

Claude Bernard’s Classic Automatic Open Heart from the Sophisticated Classics Collection is an example of this concept. The open heart appears vertically centered below 12 o’clock on all the models. Through the circular aperture, the wearer is treated to a view of the balance wheel, which makes its thousands of beats (or vibrations) per hour while slowly metering out the energy of an uncoiling mainspring allowing the timepiece to measure the hours, minutes and seconds of the day.

Claude Bernard Classic
Automatic Open Heart 85017 3 NIN
Claude Bernard Classic
Automatic Open Heart 85017 3 ABN
Claude Bernard Classic Automatic Open Heart 85017 3 NIN Claude Bernard Classic Automatic Open Heart 85017 3 ABN
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Even with the perpetual motion of the balance wheel on display, Classic Automatic Open Heart watches retain an understated appearance by balancing this active element with a highly symmetrical and clean design. These handsome three-handers have lance-style hour and minute hands and baton-style central seconds hands. The dials are otherwise unfussy, allowing the simplicity of the time-only function to take center stage.

Four dial-color patterns are available: black-on-black or white-on-white (both with silver-tone hands and accents), and two-tone brown or white-on-white (both with gold-tone hands and accents). Each of these color patterns has two dial variations: one with simple “bar” hour markers and another with deco-style numerals. On every model, the central part of the dial features a vertical rib design surrounded by a chapter ring, upon which the hour numerals or markers appear.

Claude Bernard Classic
Automatic Open Heart 85017 37R BRBR
Claude Bernard Classic
Automatic Open Heart 85017 37R AIR
Claude Bernard Classic Automatic Open Heart 85017 37R BRBR Claude Bernard Classic Automatic Open Heart 85017 37R AIR
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Without question, the Sophisticated Classics Collection is a group of modern dress watches. The round case of the Classic Automatic Open Heart is a contemporary 40.5 mm in diameter with a simple fluted crown for winding and time setting. Cases are made of stainless steel; the gold-colored models are coated with PVD.

The straps included with Classic Automatic Open Heart models also speak to this dressy sensibility; alligator-patterned black or brown leather straps with matching stitch enhance the refined overall look.

Each watch contains an ETA Swiss made automatic movement and is water-resistant to 165 feet. Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal covers the dial; similarly, an exhibition caseback allows the wearer another view of the movement inside.

The Claude Bernard Classic Automatic Open Heart is a modern dress watch inspired by watch history and mechanical art, and a delightful addition to any collection.

About Gevril Group

Gevril GroupGevril Group, directed by company founder and long-time creative force in the watch business Samuel Friedmann, is the exclusive US representative for select European watch brands, distributing and servicing luxury, fashion and sporty timepieces at a wide range of price points. Additionally, Group Gevril operates a full-service watch repair department staffed by master Swiss watchmakers. Contact Gevril Group by email or by calling 845-425-9882.

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