On July 15th, 2019, the Heure Raffinée Eternal Collection launched on Kickstarter. The project is the culmination of three years of research and development into bringing the opulent and intricate styles of Baroque art into watchmaking. The result is a collection of timepieces that is brought to life by stunning details, from the partially open heart design at the front of the watch to the custom rotor design at the back.
Certain art styles lend themselves quite directly to watchmaking. Watches inspired by the principles of the Bauhaus School or Art Deco movement are ubiquitous. It is far less common to see an art form as ornate as Baroque realized effectively on the wrist. Originating in the 17th century, the Baroque movement swept Europe. In Paris, several Baroque-styled chapels sprang up, beautifying the streets and inspiring awe and wonder with their opulence and grandeur. The desire to pursue this less trodden track came to Heure Raffinée Founder and CEO Karsten Toh while observing the art and architecture of these Parisian chapels.
The premium Miyota movement reveals itself through a window in the dial. The automatic 90S5 Open Heart caliber can be seen beating away from both the front of the watch and the back where a deftly decorated rotor weight spins, charging the movement’s mainspring, which provides a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound. The Heure Raffinée Eternal Collection watches are water resistant to 50 meters and covered by a 12-month international warranty. Pricing will start at $729 Sinaporean Dollars for the first 20 pieces sold on the launch day ($729 SGD equates to $530 USD at the time of writing). By the end of the campaign prices will have risen to $899 SGD ($655 USD), which is 25% below the MSRP.
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