Imagine a few of the world's greatest watchmakers, including Christophe Claret and Peter Speake-Marin, collaborating to develop just one timepiece. Imagine no longer. The first chapter of a brand new story called Maîtres du Temps is written. And the watch, appropriately named Chapter One, is simply astounding.
Picture the world's most exclusive atelier with watchmaking's finest artisans working together to concoct alchemy unprecedented in the history of horology. Introducing Maîtres du Temps, a brand in which master watchmakers blend their vast and diverse experience in a collaborative effort to create exclusive and unparalleled masterpieces.
The driving force behind Maîtres du Temps is Steven Holtzman, a man with nearly three decades of experience in the watch industry. Holtzman is the catalyst bringing master watchmakers together, and Maîtres du Temps provides a canvas for their art. Holtzman realizes his vision by extracting and distilling the very best each master watchmaker has to offer. Each chapter in the Maîtres du Temps story is a symbiosis of experience, influence, art, craft, and technique, all harmoniously encapsulated in a single watch.
The philosophy of Maîtres du Temps is symbolized by a tree, with each branch representing a fresh opportunity to work with new masters, another collaboration, a future project. And as the branches intertwine and the tree bears fruit, so a new timepiece is brought to life.
Chapter One is imbued with the intoxicating fusion of Christophe Claret's undisputed mastery of high-end complications and Peter Speake-Marin's unique ability to bridge the very best of both traditional and modern watchmaking.
The first piece from Maîtres du Temps is, befitting the great men behind it, a world-first combination of complications with tourbillon, mono-pusher chronograph, retrograde date, retrograde GMT, and two idiosyncratic rolling bars at 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock, indicating the day of the week and phase of the moon, respectively.
As each new chapter of the story unfolds, a new combination of established or emerging masters will unite to create the next Maîtres du Temps masterpiece. But let's start at the beginning: Chapter One.