While attending Andreas Strehler’s summer party, I noticed “THE” watch on his wrist, his latest creation, the Sauterelle a Heure Mondiale. And Andreas let me have it for an extensive photoshooting during the party. So I am going to share quite a few pictures of this amazing and complicated timepiece.
Those who know Andreas, know what a talent and genius he is. Those who don’t, let me share this with you. Andreas calls himself engineer for the brands and watchmaker for the few. The reason is that he has been responsible for the creation of watches and movements in watches of quite a few watchbrands including Moser & Cie., Maurice Lacroix, Harry Winston and others. On the other hand, he can only make very few watches by himself as they are so intricate and complicated and extensively finished by hand.
Well, the latest creation once again shows what Andreas Strehler is capable of. While I personally love his Papillon D’or the most, this new timepiece has to be his masterpiece to date, at least in my book.
Back to the Sauterelle a Heure Mondiale which carries a patented Andreas Strehler remontoir d’égalité at 10 o’clock. The remontoir basically recharges the spirale to extend the power reserve.
Second, at 8 o’clock on the dial, there is a three-dimensional view of the northern hemisphere as seen from above the north pole, rotating counter clockwise once in 24 hours, as the earth does. While in the past, Andreas Strehler had his moonphase at this position, this is a first.
On the movement side of the watch, there is a ring with 24 names of individual cities, representing the 24 time zones. In the centre of this ring, there is a blue steel arrow.
So the blue arrow on the caseback allows you to use this watch as a GMT. It is able to indicate a second timezone. In addition, despite the fact that Andreas centered this timepiece on the earth, he has not missed to add his moonphase indication on the caseback as well. And this is not just any moonphase, it is his record setting moonphase. To round this all off, although Andreas put a lot of functions in this timepiece, it only grey by 1 millimeter in height.
Although I had so much time to shoot pictures of this watch, I missed shooting a few videos, just to give you a sense of how sensible the winding mechanism is, and how the watch truly feels. I do have a wristshot though.
The guilloche dial is absolutely amazing, it captures your attention and makes you repeatedly look at the face of the watch. You virtually cannot take off your eyes…
I heard sofar only two pieces were made, one with blue dial and this white dial. Both are supposedly already sold.
I am sure if someone has a serious interest in this masterpiece, Andreas will make another one, even if he has to use different materials for the case.
Basic details of this Saurelle a Heure Mondiale timepiece: