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the eclecticum

published:
2020-09-21

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Daniel Roth, Jean Daniel Nicolas, snapshot

“Guy’s Eclectic Choice of The Week”: Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon

Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon, a masterpiece conceived & made by Daniel Roth


A few thoughts by Guy:

Jean Daniel Nicolas, alias Daniel Roth, presents here an ultimately fine watch with a two minute tourbillon. 

Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon Daniel Roth
Since he has sold his eponymous brand to Bulgari, Daniel Roth sought for an alternative name and he choose first name of his son and his wife for this, which are the core part of his team as well.

Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon Daniel Roth
Made by the namesake master watchmaker, the 2-Minute Tourbillon expresses all the « savoir-faire » from Daniel Roth.

Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon Daniel Roth
With this classical watch you will appreciate the traditional horology work and hand made details.

Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon Daniel Roth
Finishing are really beautiful and delicate. Observe this watch with a loupe will sure transport you into an other world – the world of an art piece!


Additional context by the eclecticum:

The Jean Daniel Nicolas (what a name: so emotional to us since it acknowledges son and wife, who are essential to his watchmaking atelier, after Daniel Roth is no longer able to use his own name!) 2-Minute Tourbillon is a watch which attracts the seasoned collectors:

Jean Daniel Nicolas Two Minute Tourbillon Daniel Roth
Made by one of the most under-appreciated heroes in watchmaking, Mr Daniel Roth, an immensely skilled craftsman who has left a lasting mark in the industry, with the revival of Breguet or the establishment of Daniel Roth, the company. He ultimately set up his workshop as a family-operated business (hence name) centred solely on the romantic ideal of an entirely handmade watch, down to the construction which is accomplished without modern tools like CAD.

Roth is a watchmaker of classical training and philosophy, using traditional tools and materials to the finest degree, complemented – rightfully in this case! – by an exterior of equally classical appearance, with a hand-guilloched dial and a superb mirror-polished tourbillon bridge (its shape is devised such that it holds the large upper support jewel for the cage, but still does not obstruct the seconds sector. The result is a dynamic design – and 6 difficult to finish inward angles):

Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon Daniel Roth
Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon Daniel Roth
Also the finishing on the movement bridges is extraordinary, with Geneva stripes applied as tenderly as a breeze, and hand-engraved inscriptions:

Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon Daniel Roth


According to Quill & Pad’s Ian Skellern (who owns a 2-Minute Tourbillon), Daniel Roth was fascinated by an extraordinary version of the Geneva stripe decoration he once spotted with a fine pocket watch: the waves are applied as hard circles, precisely one sharply touching its adjacent neighbour. Roth reportedly taught the technique himself, which took weeks until he reached a satisfying skill level.

There is nothing loud about the man or his watches, instead they rely on the discerning collector to be discovered and appreciated, which is not an easy task given that (i) tourbillons are so abundant these days (… so the connoisseur needs to take time an effort to discover this rare 2-minute implementation!) and (ii) the Roth family completes only about 2 watches each year.

Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon Daniel Roth wristshot
It was therefore a movement to remember when I was able to inspect one of these masterpiece during a preview of a Philipps auction in Geneva a few years ago. One of these moments where you hold your breath and just savour the beauty in your hands…

A true piece the résistance which seems to have fallen out of time!

Ornatus Mundi

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written by:
the eclecticum

published:
2020-09-21

categories:
Daniel Roth, Jean Daniel Nicolas, snapshot

“Guy’s Eclectic Choice of The Week”: Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon

Photographer Guy Lucas de Peslouan shares his images and thoughts on the Jean Daniel Nicolas 2-Minute Tourbillon, a masterpiece conceived & made by Daniel Roth


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