The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph

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The name Fabergé conjures up an air of opulence. The word evokes aristocratic splendour and will always be linked to the precious jewelled eggs that the House of Fabergé made for select clientele, famously including Russian Tsars who gave them as Easter gifts. Marking a century after the start of the Russian Revolution, Fabergé launch the Visionnaire Chronograph, itself a revolution in the watch world for this particular complication.

Usually the chronograph function is displayed using subdials, but with this ingenious innovation the chronograph hours, minutes and seconds are displayed on concentric chapter rings, allowing for a more intuitive reading of the elapsed time. The arrestingly beautiful mechanical movement is made under the supervision of master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, who founded the Agenhor movement company.

The self-winding Calibre AGH 6361, known as the AgenGraph, includes a new patented clutch – the AgenClutch – which dispenses with the teeth in the chronograph gears. The AgenClutch operates using surface friction rather than teeth, which cuts amplitude and friction and promotes uninterrupted smoothness in the movement.

The AgenGraph took almost ten years to develop but judging by the collective response to the timepiece during Baselworld 2017, it was worth the wait. Measuring in at 43mm and with a 60-hour power reserve, the Visionnaire Chronograph is available in rose gold and titanium with an opaline dial or in a black and grey DLC-treated ceramic and titanium version. According to Fabergé. “It is the modern-day analogue to a Fabergé egg — a mechanical opus with wonder at its heart.”

By: Nick Rice