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Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Qatar Watch

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Qatar Watch Watch Releases

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Qatar Watch Watch Releases

I've just come up with a new saying you are all free to use. "Watches are wearable art we feel comfortable putting on because they actually do something." It is the proverbial excuse us men need to put on something that can be arguably purely decorative. A drugstore Timex will tell the time, but is it nice enough to adorn? Arguably not in many instances. Is a very expensive and highly stylized Thomas Prescher watch merely an item to tell the time? Not in the least. Rather it is a serious hand-made piece of art with the added "justification" that it does something useful like tell the time. This my friends is why men like watches and aren't seen typically with jewelry.

The newest addition to Swiss watch maker Thomas Prescher's Tempusvivendi collection is the Qatar watch - a timepiece pretty much for and about Qatar. Located in the Middle East, Qatar is another oil rich nation that enjoys making the most out of desert life. See in one of the images is "The Pearl." A partially man-made Island extension made for an expensive housing development. People like this need to show off, and are very proud of their national heritage. You might not care a lick about Qatar, but there is some place or places you do care about. Maybe Mr. Prescher will make a limited edition watch for your area.

Thomas was asked to get a bit more regional with his designs. Not sure exactly why he chose Qatar, but it inspired him to create a limited edition collection in his finest quality using the theme of the nation as a design.  The Tempusvivendi collection uses two adjacent retrograde scales to display the hours and minutes. Here the design of the dial is based on Qatar's Coat of Arms - which you can see here. Thomas was able to make the two swords be the hour and minute hands for the retrograde scales. Maybe it was the convenient layout of the coat of arms that led him to use Qatar as the base for the new watch?!

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Qatar Watch Watch Releases

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Qatar Watch Watch Releases

Thomas Prescher Tempusvivendi Qatar Watch Watch Releases

You can see the imagery of the ship, island with palm trees and water recreated faithfully in the watch. Of course it is all meticulously hand engraved in solid gold. More impressive is the rear of the watch where you can see the also hand engraved movement plate and rotor again in 18k gold. Really awe inspiring if you ask me. The movement is interesting in function. First, the hour hand is jumping. Meaning it always displays the precise hour, as opposed to being between hours. There is also another unique feature to the Tempusvivendi movements that is not obvious to the eye. A pusher in the crown makes the hands jump to their "non temporal position." Meaning that the jump back to position seen in the picture so that they appear just like the coat of arms. Another sign that this watch is art and for a serious Qatar lover.

It goes without saying that a watch like this in made in a very high quality and hand made. The 39mm wide gold case is done in a beautiful mix of polishes. Price is high, very high, less that Mr. Prescher's most ornate creations in the Thomas Prescher line up that are in the half million dollar range. Those are admittedly more mechanically complex, and I hear that the Tempusvivendi Qatar watch is in the $65,000 - $75,000 range.

About the Author

Fueled by an unshakable love for horology and a general curiosity for intricate things, Ariel Adams founded aBlogtoWatch in 2007 as a means of sharing his passion. Since then, ABTW has become the highest trafficked blog on luxury timepieces, and Ariel has become a contributor to other online publications such as Forbes, Departures and Tech Crunch, to name just a few. His conversational writing style and inclusive attitude brings a wider appreciation for watches the world over, and that's just the way he likes it.

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  • Boon

    Hi Ariel, from what I know, this watch was made as a request from Thomas’s client in Qatar. Hence the choice to make this watch out of it’s coat of arms. 😉

    • Hi Boon,
      That makes sense! I just thought the style of the coat-of-arms was so convenient for the style of the watch!

  • Ted Schleich

    What a gorgeous watch. If you can wrangle one for the monthly giveaway, count me in ;-). -T-

  • hmm a interesting watch.. but how are we going to read the time?

    • The swords are retrograde indicators.

  • shereen

    DO you who designed the theme of the nation of Qater ?
    its was Fouad Ahmed Mohamed El Shebiny and he did not only design the theme of the nation but half of the themes in that conurty Qater 🙂