When the opportunity to acquire the company arose a few years later, the challenge was too irresistible to pass. The hands on both the Ref. Petersen appointed President and CEO. It is beautifully finished with Geneva stripes radiating from the balance wheel. Subscribe to our newsletter Stay up to date with the latest post and updates. The Alfred is made of steel, but otherwise with the exact same specifications as all the other watches — meaning the 42mm diameter version. He worked with Houriet in Le Locle with whom he maintained lifelong friendship.
Helmut Crott, a long time friend of Baumberger and founder of the eponymous auction house took over the company. A major scientific endeavor, chronometry the quest for precision became of utmost importance and was stimulated by academies and royal courts. I hold my L in hand and wonder why its bezel is described as convex? Give us your consent I agree to my personal data being stored and used to receive the newsletter or other updates about Monochrome Watches. The Krusenstern pocket chronometer. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Background The 18 th century laid the groundwork for modern horology. During the s, Soren J.
The 18 th century laid the groundwork for modern horology.
These are sometimes called “observatory” observatoire style hands — I presume due to their association with chronometers, although I’ve been unable to find any specific explanation so far for the term. Observatory style hands in gold and heat-blued stainless steel. The Krusenstern pocket chronometer. Jack Forster June 12, Mao calls the 37mm case of the Ref.
This is probably due to the use of very, very traditional midth century fine watchmaking design cues throughout, including the relatively slim stepped bezel, the recessed crown, the elegantly formed teardrop lugs, and the engine-turned dial. During the s, Soren J. While the steel case allows for a lower price, the rest of the watch is made with the exact same rigorous standards as all the other collections.
The tip of the minute hand is gently radiused another touch which gives the watch an appealingly old-school feel and in terms of fineness and quality of work, the hands of jurgenaen Big 8 are a quiet but definite reproach to what you get from many other luxury watch brands, where all too often in ufban, depressingly often you see juegensen that can only be described as cheap-looking.
Now of course, jurgenseen firm whose founder died in can wath expected to have gone through a few things over the course of almost two hundred years — several European and World Wars as well as any number of major and minor financial crises will do that. Classical in its look, it remains more contemporary looking than a guilloche dial, in line with the group targeted by The Alfred — certainly younger and less mature collectors.
Helmut Crott, a long time friend of Baumberger and founder of the sonnr auction house took over the company. The shape of the bridges is highlighted with meticulous anglage, specifically eye-catching on the magnificent open-worked cross-wide balance bridge. The above watch is from and was auctioned last year at Antiquorum in Geneva for 12 times its estimatewhich is rather astonishing.
It is a 3-piece construction with tapered lugs. The centers of both hands are lathe-turned gold, as is the “eye” of the hour hand, which is friction fit in place. Everything in The Alfred is about hand-craftsmanship and Haute-Horlogerie, just differently encased. If you are looking for an exclusive, refined, high-end dress watch, the reference is definitely an option worthy of your consideration, for a price of 23, Swiss Francs not cheap, but justified.
The Alfred is made of steel, but otherwise with the exact same specifications as all the other watches — meaning the jjurgensen diameter version.
It says something about urnan old the latter story is, at least in Internet years, that Dr. The company started to create high-end wristwatches, with complicated movements, and inUJS patented an in-house calibre with a detent escapement.
Hands-On – The Alfred by Urban Jürgensen, The Steel Entry-Level to In-House Beauty
Both watches are worn on a hand-sewn alligator strap with pin buckle and an overall superb quality and smoothness. Sapphire crystals front and back. It is jurgenswn yet understated and elegant. The case and dial work are similarly elaborate.
Give us your consent I agree to my personal data sonnrr stored and used to receive the newsletter or other updates about Monochrome Watches. The entry-level watch of the company was and still is the steel Reference Big 8a watch with guilloche dial and out-sourced Piguet movement. It also has a cylindrical balance spring. The large, well-proportioned small seconds at 6 gives perfect balance.
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Daily or weekly newsletter? Piguetwhich runs at 28, vph there is a 21, vph version of the same movement as well.
At 43, Swiss Francsthis complication watch is not for every pocket but can be worn in confidence in front of the most rarefied gatherings of watch snobs. Enter your email to receive our newsletter. Thomas Mao’s write-up of his Ref.
Big 8 are very elaborately made — the body for both is heat-blued steel. It is then painstakingly brushed to remove the excess of material and to finish its surface using powders, salts and oil, which makes each dial unique.
But their splendid blue hues and the contrast with the gold eye is indeed appealing.
A Week On The Wrist: The Urban Jürgensen Reference Big 8 In Stainless Steel – HODINKEE
Well-thought-out, with slender lines, the 40mm Jules case features a thin convex bezel. The reference boasts a more original dial lay-out with the indication of the moonphase and power reserve at When the watdh to acquire the company arose a few years wtch, the challenge was too irresistible to pass.
It features a stop seconds mechanism for precise adjustment. Each dial begins with a plate of solid fine silver, on which are created ultra-fine engravings for the numbers and markings.