Ateliers deMonaco, the high-end division of the Frederique Constant Group, which was recently purchased by Citizen Watch Company, has just unveiled a new sapphire dial timepiece with the Poinçon de Genève certification (otherwise known as the “Geneva Seal”).
Available in either white or rose gold, each Saphir case is fully polished by hand and measures 40 mm x 9.2 mm. Powering the timepiece is manually wound in-house caliber dMc-708, which beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has a 38-hour power reserve, and 18 jewels.
As the name of the watch suggests, the dial, not just the front and rear crystals, is made of sapphire (produced synthetically). Applied directly to the sapphire dial by hand are black PVD-plated Roman numerals as well as small curved, diamond cut indices. The train track chapter ring for minutes/seconds is printed in black on the outer edge of the dial. Dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands, and a baton-shaped second hand – in the same material as the case and polished – indicate the time. For decoration, in the center of the dial is a black printed wave motif pattern.
On the movement side (no picture was provided by the manufacturer), you can see the hand decorated bridges, with chamfered and polished edges, Geneva stripes, and perlage.
The Poinçon de Genève – Saphir is limited to 18 pieces and is presented on a hand-stitched alligator leather strap with 18K gold buckle. Water resistance is 30 meters. (Ref. dMc-PdG-SPH-WG – white gold, ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼dMc-PdG-SPH-RG – rose gold)