Valbray Oculus V.01 Chrono Argentique
June 29, 2012
The Valbray V.01 is a double-display timepiece, with a diaphragm mechanism fitted on a rotating bezel. This innovation allows the wearer, by manually rotating the bezel, to easily switch between a basic 3-hand watch and a more complicated chronograph.
The main innovation is the "rotator," which is a 16-blade (diaphragm) that opens and closes on the dial by turning the bezel clockwise or counter-clock wise. The "rotator" uses ceramic ball bearings that do not require lubrication and with arms that allow radial shock absorption.
Powering the Valbray V.01 is a self-winding Valjoux 7750, 25-jewel chronograph movement that runs at 28,800 vph (4Hz). A re-designed tri-material, skeletonized rotor winds in one direction on ceramic ball bearings. Power reserve is 44 hours.
"The latest Oculus V.01 Chrono Argentique timepiece presents a titanium grade 5 case with a DLC black treatment in opposition to polished stainless steel buttons and crown. Its name "Argentique" actually refers to silver emulsions used in the film, as opposed to digital photography that do not use it; since this contrasting watch, both sporty and sophisticated, brings us back to the timeless black and white era."