The independent manufacturer Andreas Strehler unveiled its new Time Shadow timepiece whose indication is reduced to the two basic indications of hours and minutes, but with a twist. The new model is limited to just eight pieces.
Andreas Strehler Time Shadow Watch features a truly unique dial layout. The hours are indicated by a black rotating disk. The hour disc turns around a smaller disc displaying the typical Andreas Strehler butterfly logo at the center which has been finished in wire-cut. The current hour is read in the orange area which has been applied with Superluminova paint, thus creating a perfect contrast against the matt black dial surface.
The hours black disk is actually a gear wheel which is directly connected to the gear wheel of the minute hand. The minute hand also has two luminous inlays. Once the minute hand leaves the main minute scale ranging from 55 to 35, the minutes can be still read accurately thanks to the rearward extension of the hand that sweeps a smaller secondary scale. It is also worth mentioning that the watch hands are in-house made by Andreas Strehler.
The watch is powered with the new in-house manufactured caliber “Time Shadow” which is capable to provide no less than 3 days (72 hours) of power reserve between two mainspring barrels. The impeccable mechanism is produced from 132 individual components and it has the beating rate of 21,600 alternations per hour (3 Hz).
The movement is finished in rarely found grainage of the main plate, the edges of the figure eight shaped bridge with its eight corners are hand-beveled and also polished by hand. The 5/8-bridge is designed to emphasize several specific features of Andreas Strehler timepieces and in particular the escapement, the true conical gear wheels of the winding mechanism and the large second wheel.
The new Time Shadow is the very first Andreas Strehler’s timepiece that is housed in a stainless steel case. The typically shaped case measures 41mm x 37.30mm. This newcomer comes with the retail price of 56,000 Swiss Francs (approximately $58,000).