Armand Nicolet, the Tramelan-based watch manufacture unveiled a new up-dated edition of their sports timer, the Armand Nicolet M02.
If you have an Armand Nicolet timepiece in your collection, bravo! Not only do you have impeccably good taste, but also you do not give a hoot what's hot and what's not. You are unmoved by what a "golf master" may have strapped to his wrist when he slips on a green jacket, you are unimpressed by what might be beneath the nomex overalls of a young man while he sprays champagne over his peers. You are much more inspired by a beautifully guillochéd face, by a modified vintage movement and by attention to detail. Not every one will recognise the name on your watch dial, but the few who are in the know, will know - you know?
The Armand Nicolet M02 may have been re-styled, but the changes are subtle and considered - this is a brand which remains true to its founder and his emphasis on the artisan skills which he promoted. This piece wears a little lighter, and some rather elegant Arabic numerals have been placed to alternate between the markers, but it's still an elegant and perfectly proportioned chronograph timer.
With an Armand Nicolet watch there are subtleties which escape the camera, minutiae which can only be appreciated on the wrist - often viewable only through a loupe. On this piece there are contrasting guilloché on the chronograph counters, at the dial centre and snailing at the edge onto which the numerals and markers are applied. There are little dots which have been lume-coated and some superb but modest recessing. At 9 o'clock is a 45 min counter, at 3 is one for small seconds. Housed within the 43mm case is the automatic chronograph 2045/2824-2 movement.
The new Armand Nicolet M02 will be available in black, silvered or blue dial editions with a choice of leather strap or bracelet.
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