Romain Gauthier is a Vallée de Joux-based watch company, run by its namesake founder, that produces ultra-limited edition timepieces with unmistakable designs and extraordinary finishes.
The Insight Micro-Rotor with off-center hour, minute, and small second indications is a perfect example of the impeccable level of thought and detail that goes into each Romain Gauthier watch.
You can view its micro-rotor at 9 o’clock on the dial side, along with the hour and minute dial at 12 o’clock, with the small seconds overlapping the bottom of that dial at 6 o’clock. Just below that is the regulator with a free-sprung balance wheel suspended in place by a traversing balance bridge in the signature style of Romain Gauthier. The edges are perfectly hand chamfered and polished, as are the screws, which are exclusive to the brand.
Driven by a front-mounted 22K gold bi-directional micro-rotor (which is polished to a mirror finish), and that powers twin barrels (visible on the backside), this design allows for an unobstructed view of the signature Gauthier bridges, which are in German silver, and have been frosted, with beveled and polished edges. The rotor glides with no noise thanks to a friction-minimizing, wear-resistant ruby bearing.
Available in platinum or red gold, in a limited edition of 10 numbered pieces per variation, the Insight Micro Rotor measures 39.5 mm x 12.9 mm and is 50 meters water-resistant.