RSW Pays Tribute to its 700-Year-Old Home with La Neuveville

La Neuveville Switzerland

by Adrian Herscovici  

RSW WatchesModern versions of vintage watches were popular at Baselworld 2012, with updated designs, movements and features that put new spins on old favorites. RSW also delivered a vintage model – La Neuveville (pronounced in three syllables: neu-ve-ville) – but unlike others, the RSW watch was not a revised version of a previous release but a new watch to commemorate a significant time and place in history.

La Neuveville is the name of the medieval city on the shore of Lake Biel in the Bernese Jura of Switzerland. It has been home to RSW since 2002. This year La Neuveville is celebrating its 700th birthday. To honor this auspicious anniversary and to pay tribute to its current home, RSW crafted a watch with a vintage feel that also includes elements of the brand’s contemporary makeup.

RSW La Neuveville Introduced at Baselworld 2012
RSW La Neuveville Introduced at Baselworld 2012
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The design hearkens back to mid-20th century simplicity and elegance. The case is round and polished, as is the bezel, and the dressy lugs are curved with beveled edges. The watch is three-handed with a date function at 3 o’clock. The only numeral on the dial is a raised 12 marker. Other hours are indicated by geometric tetrahedrons or “triangular pyramids,” while an understated seconds track of black indexes appears along the outside. All three hands are polished and pointed, mirroring the inward pointed tips of the hour markers. The surface of the dial is decorated with a sunray pattern, adding texture and depth without compromising the vintage minimalism. Appearance of text on the dial is also intentionally sparse, limited to the brand name, the model and the word “automatic,” referring to the watch’s inner components.

Other than the 42 mm case size, one visible characteristic reveals that this watch is not of a bygone era: RSW’s patented crank crown. This recognizable and functional feature is not only original, it appeals to anyone with a fascination for mechanical watches. To operate the crank, first unscrew the traditional crown. Once unlocked from the case, the crown and handle fold up and function as a crank by which to wind the ETA 2824-2 movement inside. The experience of winding in this manner is both visual and tactile, connecting the wearer to the all-important aspect of owning a mechanical timepiece.

The automatic version shown here has a sapphire caseback. La Neuveville is also available with an ETA 955.112 quartz movement, solid caseback and standard winding crown. Both versions can be had in stainless steel or in yellow PVD-coated stainless steel, and both are available with or without diamonds. Every La Neuveville is fitted with a smart-looking leather strap and folding buckle that is as handsome as it is debonair.

Here’s to another 700 years of La Neuveville and RSW!

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Jean d’Eve Sectora II Automatic Brings Legendary Design to New Generation of Watch Enthusiasts

by John Sealander  

Tourneau Madison Avenue Concept StoreWhen Tourneau introduced its famous Sectora wristwatch in 1980, it became an instant classic. This iconic art deco timepiece featured two retrograde hands encased in a distinctive asymmetric case. The watch represented a totally different way to tell time and reminded many of an automobile speedometer.

The historic watch featured a seven jewel Swiss V8 movement and was available in gold plate and 18K versions. Although the original Sectora has been out of production for many years, it is still a highly sought after item on the auction market.

With this illustrious history, it wasn’t surprising that when Tourneau opened its new four story flagship Madison Avenue Concept Store in June of 2011, they featured the Sectora in the store’s unique in-store museum. Many manufacturers have produced watches with retrograde jump hour movements before, but the Sectora’s beautiful design and unique dual retrograde movement was the watch that really captured the public’s attention.

Tourneau Asymetric Sectora Watch Displayed at the Tourneau Museum

Tourneau Asymetric Sectora Watch       Tourneau Asymetric Sectora Watch at the Tourneau Museum

Jean d’Eve Sectora II Automatic Watch

Jean d'Eve WatchesWhen renowned Swiss watchmaker Jean d’Eve re-introduced this double retrograde design in the mid-1980’s with it’s own Sectora series, a new star was born. Jean d’Eve Sectora watches are now recognized as a pioneer in retrograde display technology. The new Jean d’Eve Sectora II Automatic builds on its predecessor’s double retrograde heritage with a new mechanical movement based on the famed ETA-2892. Jean d’Eve has added its own proprietary retrograde plate to this movement and fitted the artfully designed asymmetric case with a clear sapphire back, so you can see the movement in action.

The Jean D’Eve Sectora II Automatic pays homage to the original Tourneau design, while updating the watch for today’s customer. The 46mm x 37.5mm stainless steel case is significantly larger than the original design’s 41mm x 32mm dimensions. In addition to the new automatic movement, the Sectora II features an easy to read date window at 12 o’clock and a choice of silvery white or charcoal gray dials. This masculine, retro inspired watch can be fitted with either a custom stainless steel bracelet for a sporty look, or an alligator strap for dressier occasions.

The Sectora II Automatic could easily see success that surpasses the original design that inspired it. The fit and finish of this beautiful art deco design is exceptional for a watch of this price range. Many consider this watch to be the most affordable of any Swiss made, mechanical double retrograde watch available today.

If you’ve been thinking that a double retrograde watch would look good on your wrist, be sure to contact your Jean d’Eve dealer immediately and reserve your Sectora II Automatic today.

Jean D'eve Mens 777051GA.AA.K Sectora II Automatic Gray Dial Black Alligator-Leather Watch

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