Insight Micro-Rotor Natural TitaniumReference# Insight Micro-Rotor Ti White EnamelManufacturer's retail price: $79,200.00Compare
- Limited Edition: 10 pieces
- Case: natural titanium
- Size: 39.5mm
- Movement: automatic winding manufacture caliber
- Power Reserve: approximately 80 hours
- Water Resistance: 50m
- Dial: white enamel
- Caseback: sapphire crystal
- Hands: flame-blued steel
- Strap/Bracelet: choice of alligator leather or black rubber
Insight Micro-Rotor Natural Titanium blends ultra high-end horology – an oh-so-finely-finished, in-house automatic movement featuring 22k gold bidirectional micro-rotor, all on show – with a perfectly executed 39.5mm Grade 5 titanium case that is light and sturdy, yet very easy on the eye. Horological sublimity and stylish wearability rolled into one.
“I feel more and more collectors are realizing that haute horlogerie doesn’t have to come served in a precious metal or stainless steel case,” says Romain Gauthier. “When done well, titanium is not just a viable alternative, it can be an outright preference.”
Perhaps this is none more so than with Insight Micro-Rotor Natural Titanium which combines the ergonomics of a casually-styled, modestly-sized titanium case with a spectacular manufacture movement that is efficient, powerful, uncomplicated (for the better) and highly visible (even dial side).
Sweeping around the center of the dial are small seconds surrounded by an hour-minute subdial at 12 o’clock, beating balance at 6 o’clock and, at 9 o’clock, the swaying micro-rotor, framed by a cut-out in the mainplate. This compact oscillating weight turns fluidly and noiselessly between two bridges, each fitted with a friction-minimizing, wear-resistant ruby bearing. In whichever direction the micro-rotor swings, it winds a serially operating double mainspring barrel that, when fully wound, provides 80 hours of power.
There are more stunning views of the movement through the display back: The sinuous shapes of the hand-beveled, hand-polished bridges – secured using Romain Gauthier’s signature S-slot screws – are juxtaposed by the linear plaquettes adorning them, while the gears and ratchets stand out for their circular arms that have been beveled.
Part of these timepieces’ splendor lies in the contrasts created by the various finishes applied: Light and dark, polished and satin-finished, straight-grained and hand-frosted.
For Insight Micro-Rotor Natural Titanium, the caseband and bezel are polished, while the lugs and caseback are satin-finished. The black NAC-treated mainplate makes the palladium-treated bridges visually pop, with the straight-graining of the dial-side bridges counterpointed by the hand-frosting on the mainplate. The oven-fired enamel dial bears a sumptuous gloss.
The result is the apotheosis of the daily, luxury timepiece that is a joy to look at, feels great to wear and fits in with manifold lifestyles.