The latest addition to the Solar Deity collection by Frederic Houvenot is a feminine model named Surya after the Hindu goddess of the Sun. It is a high jewelry piece whose white gold frame bears beautifications in form of over two carats of round diamonds. Further noble materials are integrated in the patented time display in form of petals. This sort of display is enabled by the proprietary automatic caliber which also makes the watch a true high horology piece. Depending on the version, Surya timekeeper has its jumping hour display with petals made of either pink sapphire or green tsavorite elements. Each of these versions are made in a limited edition that incorporates 88 pieces.
Frederic Jouvenot is a private held company, named after its founder and owner. Jouvenot who is an expert in the field of micro-mechanics was previously engaged in Minerva where he came up with a mystery tourbillion without hands. After that, he was employed as a shadow designer at another brand which was specialized in the creation of numerous innovative movements.
Finally, in 2008, Jouvenot opened up his own brand. Three years later, his Helios piece which has the same kind of time display as new Surya piece was crowned with the Superwatch award at the Geneva Time Exhibition 2011. This year, such expression of time is finally getting its feminine form with the introduction of Surya pieces.
24-Hour Time Display with the Use of Two-Sided Petals
The unconventional manner in which the time is displayed includes central rotating segment which is used to display minutes. As the manufacturer envisioned, this segment represents the Sun and it is responsible for the name of the entire collection. More importantly and interestingly, the display also involves a petal-type of indication for its jumping hours. By the way, the hour display tells the time in 24-hour format. Let us explain how it all works. The dial includes twelve petals with two sides, lighter and darker. When it is midnight, all the petals are turned to their darker sides. When 60 minutes pass and the central segment makes a full revolution, a single petal turns to its lighter side after it is triggered by the caliber’s jumping hours mechanism. This means that when noon comes, all of the petals will be turned on the lighter side and the reversed process of the turning will begin once again.
This type of time-telling bases its functioning on the in-house caliber with 47 jewels devised by Frederic Jouvenot. It has a screw-adjusted balance which operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph. Just the central segment that represents the sun and which is its base includes no less than hundred components and has the width of 12 mm, as well as the height of 5 mm. The proprietary caliber features automatic winding and has a power reserve that lasts for 50 hours. Furthermore, the movement is graced with high horology finishes. Its balance is made in black gold, while the bridges are with polished edges and are engraved with the rhodium plated Geneva stripes.
Frederic Jouvenot Sun Diety Surya watch is made with an oval casing in 18 K white gold. The same material is used for its crown and the frame of the transparent case-back. On the front and the rear side of the case are sapphire crystals with glare-proof coatings. The housing has waterproofness to 50 meters and it is 42 mm wide, 52 mm long, as well as 14 mm thick. As for the decorations of the case itself, its fixed bezel is encrusted with 54 round diamonds whose approximate total weight measures to around 2.15 carats. The additional doze of bling is enabled with a stone set inside the crown. Depending on the gems used for the petals on the dial, the crown is set with another stone made of tsavorite or pink sapphire, respectively.
The attachment of the piece is an alligator leather strap which fastens with a folding clasp made of white gold. There is an option to choose between a black strap and another colorful strap in either pink or green, depending on the version.