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Soprano, variations on a musical tourbillion

Soprano, variations on a musical tourbillion

Four years after unveiling the Soprano model, the watchmaker from Le Locle reveals a new aesthetic score performed by three original variations on this theme, issued in eight-piece limited editions. These sophisticated and highly technical timepieces combine two of the most beautiful horological complications: a 60-second tourbillon and a minute repeater with a Westminster chime, four patented gongs and four hammers, highlighted by stepped bridges inspired by the Charles X style. Harmoniously blending tradition and modernity, Soprano epitomizes the high standards of haute horlogerie developed by the Manufacture.

The desire to endow the Soprano with a low-pitched, powerful sound also dictated the choice of titanium and gold as case materials. The combined use of these two metals for the case middle as well as the case-back and the bezel ensures optimal resonance. A first version features a pleasing contrast between the shimmering sophistication of 5N red gold and the matt depths of chocolate brown PVD-treated titanium. A second interpretation in white gold combines a titanium case middle with an elegant black PVD treatment. Finally, the Soprano appears clothed in white gold and slate blue PVD-treated titanium.

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