Alexandre Meerson has been drip, dripping hints about his latest watch for a couple of months – we now have a more complete picture. The limited edition, Mutiny Chronograph.
Why Mutiny ? This is Alexandre’s explanation.
The name comes from the idea that this watch defies conventions and the status quo in modern watchmaking. The Mutiny Chrongraph expresses that:
- Luxury does not need to carry an artificial “luxe” price
- New is good – with the vast majority of luxury watches having been designed before 1977.. our industry has become a world of icons that only evolve very slowly every year
- Luxury is personalisation – yes you can build your own watch and express your individual sense of style
- Luxury is a relationship with the owner – Design is a collaboration between the creator, the owner and the artisan – by removing unnecessary intermediaries we build a direct relationship with our clients and believe in involving the owners in the design
The design of the Mutiny is simple, balancing style and function in a timeless style. The wire lugs reminding you of the trench watches of the First World War.
Chronograph watches lend themselves to personalisation, another key feature of the Mutiny. The sub dials and counters, the hands offer many opportunities for self expression.
Here are some of the extensive personalisation options offered:
- The Case: polished steel, can be finished in different ways, as well as treated to a superb black shade. Special versions can be made to order in silver or even vermeil.
- The Dial: pick any colour, design a pattern or symbol. The chronograph sub-dials lend themselves beautifully to contrasts and patterns.
- The bespoke Straps: made to your exact measures: pick the leather or fabric you love, from our extensive selection or from your own wardrobe. Sign your style with matching or contrasted stitching.
- The Hands: they are subtle details, several colours are available, as further accents of your style.
- Engraving: each watch is individually numbered. Make your watch even more personal, by drawing a pattern on the case or designing a symbolic message in the case-back. Or keep it secret on the inside, as a locket.
- The travel pouch: personalise it to match the bespoke strap, and add the owners name or initials.
From a technical perspective, the Swiss precision mechanical movement delivers the heartbeat and playful soul of the watch. For this watch, Meerson needed a hard-working, robust movement. So they selected the Concepto manufacture to deliver the AM-0788 – a Swiss calibre of traditional heritage and design that has a superb reputation for accuracy and reliability.
It is based on a clone of what was the Valjoux movement and is now known as the 7750 ETA movement. The first Meerson Chronograph in the 1980s was powered by the Valjoux . It is a fabulous “workhorse” of a movement, wonderfully made by Concepto in its interpretation (calibre 99001). Alexander wanted to retain this spirit, but made by a refined manufacture, hence why they use it.
The last question that comes to mind is the origin of the name “Mutiny”. To this I received a more complicated explanation than I expected.
Meerson are taking orders for the Mutiny Chronograph through this secure website. The watch starts at £4,475 (£3,730 excluding UK VAT). A deposit of £500 will secure your order in the next manufacturing run, for worldwide delivery from October 2017.
I am really looking forward to seeing one of these in the metal.