Friday, July 5, 2024

Royale Paris 2024

It would seem that Paris is (as is often the case) inspiring passion and creativity this summer -

Courtesy of Pequignet

Before we go any further, if you are unfamiliar with the song made famous by Joe Dassin, allow me to treat you to a modernized take. Ironically, a song about Paris, France, romance and everything else particularly awesome in life was originally charted by a young man born in Brooklyn, who studied at the University of Michigan and might have had a possible career as an author having won a prize for fiction as an undergraduate in Ann Arbor. And although I am a traditionalist, I have to say that this updated version of Les Champs-Elysées from Pamplamoose (best band name EVER!) is the shit that killed Elvis!  You're welcome! 

But back to watches -

Pequignet had a special treat up their sleeves to help celebrate France and Paris in particular. 

Courtesy of Pequignet

This is the Royale Paris 2024 - LIMITED EDITION. It is based on the Royale Paris. The functions include hours, minutes, small seconds located in the lower right quarter, power reserve in the lower left quarter, and a wonderfully legible large date just between 12 o'clock and the center of the dial. And as a special flourish? The day is in blue, the dates in white and red.

Courtesy of Pequignet

The case back is another homage, with La tour Eiffel (that's Eiffel Tower to you) etched in pride of place.

This new release is limited to 33 pieces.

And is priced at 7,700,00 € TTC

Here are some of the pertinents, straight from the folks in Morteau -

Steel, polished finish with polished/satin finish caseband
Crown with embossed "Fleur-de-Lys" logo Bezel secured with screws

Dial and Hands:
Opaline white
Hands in polished steel
Large date display and jumping hours
Date display blue-white-red
Power reserve at 8.00
Small second at 3.30

Calibre Royal®
Frequency of 21.600 Alt/h
88-hour Power reserve
39 jewels
Sunray and rhodium oscillating weight 

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