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Heure Raffinée Eternal Watch Collection Is Bringing Baroque Back

Heure Raffinée Eternal Watch Collection Is Bringing Baroque Back Watch Releases

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On July 15th, 2019, the Heure Raffinée Eternal Collection launched on Kickstarter. The project is the culmination of three years of research and development into bringing the opulent and intricate styles of Baroque art into watchmaking. The result is a collection of timepieces that is brought to life by stunning details, from the partially open heart design at the front of the watch to the custom rotor design at the back.

Heure Raffinée Eternal Watch Collection Is Bringing Baroque Back Watch Releases

Why Baroque?

Certain art styles lend themselves quite directly to watchmaking. Watches inspired by the principles of the Bauhaus School or Art Deco movement are ubiquitous. It is far less common to see an art form as ornate as Baroque realized effectively on the wrist. Originating in the 17th century, the Baroque movement swept Europe. In Paris, several Baroque-styled chapels sprang up, beautifying the streets and inspiring awe and wonder with their opulence and grandeur. The desire to pursue this less trodden track came to Heure Raffinée Founder and CEO Karsten Toh while observing the art and architecture of these Parisian chapels.

Heure Raffinée Eternal Watch Collection Is Bringing Baroque Back Watch Releases

While the challenge to distill the sense of Baroque into a timepiece was not easy, Toh was dedicated to bringing to market a watch that flew in the face of the identikit minimalism routinely offered by many startups. And while the Heure Raffinée Eternal Collection lives up to the original remit, Toh was keen to make the watch as subtle as possible, so that it could just as easily be paired with casual wear as with formal dress. A restricted colorway, a modest 42mm diameter, and a slim, genuine leather band measuring just 18mm at the lugs were employed to improve versatility.

Heure Raffinée Eternal Watch Collection Is Bringing Baroque Back Watch Releases

Quality Craftsmanship

Just as with the Baroque art and architecture that inspired Karsten Toh, so too would the Heure Raffinée Eternal Collection be reliant on the use of excellent materials, caressed into their final form by the trained hands of experienced craftspeople. The 42mm × 11.8mm case, which is decorated with traditional scrollwork engraving, is available in either uncoated 316L stainless steel or 316L stainless steel with rose gold plating. A double domed sapphire crystal tops the case and provides an unrivaled view of the elegant dial beneath. The sapphire crystal is durable and scratch resistant and treated with an anti-reflective coating for improved clarity. The engraving was designed by Master Engraver, Mr. Weldon Lister. A third-generation artisan, Lister has dedicated more than 40 years of his life to the refinement of his craft. In addition to the instantly identifiable case decoration, the crown and butterfly clasp are both signed with the brand’s logo to tie the whole package together.

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Heure Raffinée Eternal Watch Collection Is Bringing Baroque Back Watch Releases

The premium Miyota movement reveals itself through a window in the dial. The automatic 90S5 Open Heart caliber can be seen beating away from both the front of the watch and the back where a deftly decorated rotor weight spins, charging the movement’s mainspring, which provides a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound. The Heure Raffinée Eternal Collection watches are water resistant to 50 meters and covered by a 12-month international warranty. Pricing will start at $729 Sinaporean Dollars for the first 20 pieces sold on the launch day ($729 SGD equates to $530 USD at the time of writing). By the end of the campaign prices will have risen to $899 SGD ($655 USD), which is 25% below the MSRP. To learn more and stay on top of brand developments, please visit heureraffinee.com.

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  • dr3

    Good grief. This is the most tasteless thing since those D&G gold monstrosities.

  • SuperStrapper

    Baroque and miyota don’t mix. They style is not to my taste, which is fine, I wouldn’t complain about that as long as the pieces are tasteful and they don’t appear otherwise, but looking at the price points I would wonder how they translate on real life; the engraving may have been designed by a master, but for this cost they were completed by a machine, and I would have concern for that showing through too prominently under physical inspection.

    • Yes, engraving was definitely done by a machine (cast?). All the good bits from hand engraving are missing, like very sharp corners, edges and other details.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    You guys are taking quite a chance here, It’s quite a bold design. Baroque, you’re either going to love it or hate it. I’m unfortunately in the latter group. It’s always interesting to read how producers try to convey to the public how they perceive their product with phrases like ” There are many minimalistic watches, but none exhibits such character ” ok, no numerals but it’s far from minimalist. ” Watches Tell more than just Time It represents an era of art ” …they.
    Sorry, but this just looks super cheap.
    Best of luck.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    “Premium Miyota movement”
    NEXT………………..>

  • BJ314

    LOL. I’m not ready to accept that this is a real watch that someone believes others want to buy.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      This is real. This is happening.

      • BJ314

        I guess. But, I bet they sell less than 10 watches. LOL

  • Swiss_Cheese

    Un-bring it back.

  • FS1900

    I apologize but I’m much more loco for rococo.

  • Joe

    I did chuckle at the name of the Master Engraver: “Mr Weldon Lister”.

    “Mr Engraver Hipster” might be more fitting here.

    On a more serious note, I could have appreciated this a bit more with a manual wind…but it’s still so far from anything I would buy.

  • I can almost hear The Prelude and Fugue no.3. Almost.

  • Tempvs Mortvvs

    Blam! Just like that, a new era in watchmaking design has dawned upon us. ????

  • Keep in mind that this is not hand engraved case. Well, the original was hand engraved, but these are just stamped or cast replicas. No way you can get hand engraving with that kind of price. It seems like they kind of don’t want to really say it out loud, rather tell that the engraver has 40 years of experience.

  • SMB

    Ok, I wouldn’t buy it myself, but if you want an ornate watch and don’t have a lot of money to spend there are not many options so I think it is good to see something different.

  • BJ314

    This isn’t Baroque style. This is “Liberace meets Trump style on a budget”. It looks so ridiculous, I’d be tempted to ridicule anyone I saw wearing it in public.

  • BJ314

    I’d rather have a tattoo of dragon eating a unicorn on my back than own one of these watches. LOL

  • cluedog12

    “I’m going broke for baroque.”

    – Patek Philippe collector

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