Photoessay: The Maitres du Temps Chapter 3

This watch was an early production prototype photographed for my client, which is the Manufacture. [Puts on horological hat] It’s an interesting piece because it carries clear DNA from its creator – Kari Voutilainen (the dial) – whilst at the same time retaining the brand’s own DNA (the rollers). It’s a substantial but not oversized watch at about 42mm in diameter; contained inside are time functions, small seconds, date, synodic moon phase indication, day/night indicator and second time zone display. The latter two functions are hidden under panels on the dial at 12 and 6 that retract slightly into the plane of the dial and rotate out of the way, activated by the button concentric to the crown. The button at 9 advances the second time zone display (under the panel at 6). You can see the action of the panels in the final two images. Maitres du Temps is an interesting brand because it collaborates with famous watchmakers to create the various ‘Chapters’ – they do have an in-house execution and assembly facility headed by the noted Andreas Strehler, but each project always lands up different because it carries the DNA of the master watchmaker in charge of the project. Chapter 3 looks nothing like 1 and 2; they were of course designed by completely different watchmakers. Personally, this piece is by far my favorite – I think of it as classical, with a twist. MT

This series shot with a Nikon D800, AFS 60/2.8 G Micro, and several SB900s. As always, clicking on an image brings you to the Flickr landing page, from which you can view a larger version.

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  1. “Like all models in the Maîtres du Temps collection, the Chapter Three Reveal is a limited edition: 50 pieces in white gold ($90,000) and 50 in rose gold ($88,500).”

  2. Very nice photos. I guess the photos are more beautiful than the final product. How will the watch be?

  3. Hui Wang says:

    For watches,the 60mm macro is better than the105VR?

    • I prefer it because you need less extension tubes to increase the magnification ratio, and the spherochromatism and longitudinal chromatic aberration are both lower.

  4. Mark Olwick says:

    Holy cow that’s a lot of resolution.

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