The Geneva-based company which is specialized in creation of tourbillon pieces, Cecil Purnell, has presented its fourth in-house caliber at the recently held Baselworld 2013 show. It is fitted into a new Regulator piece made in accordance to the classic values of the Swiss watchmaking which includes a stylish dial with bleuissage and enamel decorations. Though its specifications are not revealed entirely, it is known that the new Cecil Purnell tourbillon model will have a recommended price of about $145,000 (without VAT).
The newcomer by Cecill Purnell comes in a round housing which is available in either white (Palladium 150) or pink gold (5N18), while the crystal is naturally made from sapphire. Another notable detail is the protected crown with the engraving of the brand’s logo. However, the real treat lies beneath the sapphire glass. The watch has an interesting multi-layered light-blue dial with bleuissage beautification, made from anodized titanium. On the top of the face of new Regulator piece, we can see a lovely old-fashioned enamel hour sub-dial with hand painted Roman numerals. Apart from the hours, the timepiece also shows minutes (indicated with a central hand) and seconds (via its one-minute tourbillon). Each of three hands is Breguet-styled and blued.
Unfortunately, the information about the new caliber used in the piece (the fourth in-house caliber made by the brand) is quite scarce. It is known that it features hand winding and that it operates at the frequency of 21,600 vph. Furthermore, it is comprised of over 200 components and integrates precisely 21 jewels in its construction. Finally, it is revealed that the supported power storage measures to 55 hours. As far as the attachment is concerned, the Swiss watchmaker opted for a crocodile leather strap which fastens with a buckle, made in the same material as the housing.
Cecil Purnell started producing high-quality watches in 2006 when it presented its first tourbillon. Ever since that time, the watchmaker has dedicated its efforts into the creation of quality watches with tourbillon complications, one of the most cherished functions in the world of high-end watchmaking. It is the brand’s policy to make timekeepers which consist of components that were almost exclusively made in-house. A small portion of parts is not manufactured by the firm itself, but Cecil Purnell always utilizes the parts that were made in Switzerland. A lot of attention is given to individual testing of each of the created models. Apart from Regulator piece, the brand likewise unveiled its new Lady Lacroix at the Baselworld 2013 show.