French design has always been prized for its deep-rooted sense of individuality and avant-garde approach to deconstructing style. Over the years, this has led to an unmistakable Gallic aesthetic in both art and design. French watchmaker René Mouris has perfectly captured this eclectic yet elegant design philosophy in its latest watch release, the limited edition Mythique collection, proudly made in Besancon, France. Taking heavy design influence from the unique feel of Paris and the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Mythique series creates a truly one of a kind timepiece that celebrates the mythical ambiance of the City of Lights.
The eclectic elegance of the René Mouris Mythique begins with 46 mm stainless steel case. Dominating the view of this design is the unique two-layer bezel, combining a traditional round smooth bezel overlapping a wide, dramatic hexagon layer. These two combine to create a dynamic interplay of surface and form that catches the light at nearly any angle and demands attention on the wrist. Other details of the case are proudly Gallic in their individuality, as well, including the distinctive triangular winding crown and the early 20th-century-style attached lugs. The caseback of the Mythique throws this design inspiration into finely etched relief, with a small sapphire exhibition window flanked by an exquisite engraving of the Eiffel Tower with an inscription explaining the Parisian muses behind the watch. Even with these handsome decorative touches, the case still achieves a robust 100 meters of water resistance for everyday durability. For those seeking an even more dynamic look, two models in the collection introduce a two-tone color scheme. The first renders the signature hexagonal bezel in gold tone against the shining stainless steel base, while the other coats the stainless steel elements in an elegant black, allowing the gold hexagonal bezel to stand out in refined clarity.
Like the case, the distinctive Francophile design concept of the René Mouris Mythique is on full display through the dial. Available in both silver and black dial variants, the first element that captures the viewer is the elegantly slender and extended set of applied Roman numerals, evoking the iconic lattice girders that form the Eiffel Tower. Within the tall and dramatic ring these numerals form, the hours hand is distinctively small and made dramatic with a pop of contrasting color. An open heart window at 7 o’clock provides a window into the pulsing automatic movement within while adding a touch of character through asymmetry.
The René Mouris Mythique collection is powered by a Miyota 82S0 automatic movement. Designed specifically for use in open-heart designs such as the Mythique, this movement provides a steady 42-hour power reserve and an accuracy of -20/+40 seconds per day.
René Mouris pairs this distinctive design with a classic set of strap options. The first option, a weathered minimalist leather strap, is available in black, rich sea blue, and both a mahogany and a saddle brown. A multi-link bracelet is also available, with two-tone options matching the case styles.
With the Mythique collection, René Mouris has captured the eclectic heart of French design and created a striking lineup of proudly Gallic models. Only 300 examples of the collection will be made, ensuring that this series remains a coveted rarity. The René Mouris Mythique is available now online, with prices starting at €620. Visit Rene Mouris online for more information.
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