The first sight of this watch offers a ravel of wheels and gears. But if you look better, you’ll see the essence of the Flying Dutchman, the sector dial, still intact.
The technique to strip a watch to its bare essentials is called ‘skeletonization’ and this is exactly the treatment that gave this Flying Dutchman its character and distinctive looks.
The emphasis of the design is on the technique of the mechanical heart. This movement was produced and developed in Switzerland by ETA and afterwards reworked by Berthet in France.
This producer of traditional movements reworks existing movements with a combination of traditional and hypermodern techniques.
The ‘dial’ is cut from stainless steel with laser technology. The sapphire glass is coated with a antiscratch coating, which enhances the contrast on the dial.
Berthet/ETA caliber 6498-1
Powering this watch is the Swiss ETA caliber 6498-1. This movement is well-known for its robustness and simplicity, even in this very special execution.
The movement was reworked by the French movement producers ‘Berthet horlogerie Fabior watch’. This company is located between the Swiss border and Besançon, which used to be the beating heart of French watchmaking. It was founded in 18888 by Joseph Berthet and combines traditional and modern techniques.
With their knowledge they skeletonized the movement, without compromising on quality.