Purnell unveils for the beginning of the year an elegant creation, the Escape II Double Spherion Icy Blue with a platinum case and icy blue finishes.
Purnell Escape II collection, already known for its two high-velocity triple-axis tourbillons called “Spherions”, is presented in the most precious material: platinum. A sought-after material appreciated for its refinement combining purity, brilliance and longevity.
Under Escape II sapphire crystal dome lays a fascinating mechanism featuring a double Spherion. The Spherion’s inner cage housing the balance wheel makes a full revolution in just 8 seconds, the second cage completes its revolution in 16 seconds, while the outer cage rotates in 30 seconds, which makes it the fastest triple axis tourbillon in the world! A watchmaking feat that only Purnell has been able to achieve to this day thanks to the genius of its Master Watchmaker Eric Coudray.
In addition to all, a rare and particularly seductive Icy blue finishes the watch novelty with brilliant audacity. An arctic touch to be found on the indexes of the sapphire hour and minute dial, on the hands and on the two Spherion cages.
The World’s first Double triple axis tourbillon in a full sapphire case with movement bridges and dial in sapphire. The world’s fastest triple axis tourbillon called “Spherion” each outer cage set with 152 brilliant-cut diamonds.
Absolute: the Art of emptiness.
That is the spirit of the Escape II Absolute Sapphire. Transparency in its purest form, highlighting the very best of what Purnell creates: pure, Swiss made craftsmanship and the world’s fastest double triple-axis tourbillon movement. What you don’t see here is what matters. The case, dial, power-reserve, hour geartrain and dial bridges are made of transparent sapphire, revealing the skillfully constructed six barrels powering the diamond-set double Spherion movement. Laid bare, with nothing to hide.
Maurizio Mazzocchi Purnell CEO states: “After several years of R&D I am delighted to present a full sapphire Escape II collection which enhances the caliber’s weightless appearance and mesmerizing Spherion motion at its best. A collection of unique pieces with other color tinted sapphire will follow this year such as: pink, green and blue. I am looking forward to personally presenting you this collection digitally during Watches & Wonders 2021 – see you on screen!”
PURNELL presents Escape IIs Treasure and Escape IIs Treasure Baguette. The world’s fastest triple-axis tourbillon and first double Spherion powered timepiece is now the next-level in women’s grand complications with gem-set tourbillon cages.
The Swiss watch brand, Purnell, specialized in high-velocity tourbillons, is thrilled to present the Escape IIS Treasure, the latest addition to its Double Spherion Escape collection, and its first-ever grand complication designed for women.
The Escape IIS Treasure is a powerful timekeeper driven by the force of Purnell’s ground-breaking double-Spherion movement, designed and developed by Purnell in collaboration with master watchmaker Eric Coudray. To adapt what is today the world’s fastest triple-axis tourbillon to a feminine wrist without giving up any of its power, Purnell redesigned its Escape II, the world’s first double Spherion movement.
What is more, Purnell added to its exceptional new timepiece, a feature that is a world premiere: a pair of tourbillon cages set with gemstones. This extraordinary feat of nanotechnology combined with precision gem-setting know-how has never before been achieved in watchmaking history. As such, the Escape IIS Treasure is a nod to the gem-set timekeepers worn by women in the 17th century, and an exercise in high style that marries the elegance of a precious wristwatch with the technical prowess packed inside Purnell’s double-Spherion mechanism, alive in a perpetual dance of diamonds.
The new Escape IIS Treasure collection offers a choice of four new versions, each customizable upon request. Each version comes with a skeletonized movement, a 32-hour power reserve, and a 44mm case made smaller for a feminine wrist. Two versions, the Treasure Diamond and the Treasure Rainbow are set with diamonds or “rainbow” gemstones on their tourbillon cages, while two more versions also feature a case and dial fully set with baguette-cut diamonds or “rainbow” gemstones. Across this collection, the sparkle of gemstones enhances the visual spectacle of the double Spherions visible through a custom-crafted monobloc sapphire glass, setting a new standard for grand complications for women.
The Escape IIS Treasure
Few objects are as timelessly precious as a handcrafted, gem-set timepiece. That fact is just as true today as it was four centuries ago when the first brilliant-set timekeepers appeared on the wrists of elegant society women. Modern women, however, embrace not just the beauty of precious stones, they also appreciate the technical intricacies of a highly complicated mechanical timepiece.
With its own sophisticated, female collector-base in mind, Purnell has designed the Escape IIS Treasure as the quintessence of the spectacular, powered by its high velocity Spherions that come alive in a mesmerizing dance inside their gem-set tourbillon cages.
For the first time in watchmaking history, the Escape IIS Treasure features tourbillon cages with arms set with gemstones. The task of gem-setting the tiny arms raised its own set of challenges. First, the surface on the arms of the tourbillon cages had to be increased to create enough space to set 152 brilliant-cut gemstones on each outer cage. For that, Purnell redesigned the tourbillon cages with a wider arm architecture without compromising either the precision or the function of the Spherions, or reducing the 32-hour power reserve.
In its feminine iteration, the new model had to be imminently wearable. For that, the case size of the Escape IIS Treasure – the “S” standing for “small” – was reduced to 44mm, down from the 48mm of the Escape II, its predecessor. Next, the overall weight of the cages was re-balanced, given the added weight of the diamonds. The weight of the movement was maintained at just 15.7 grams with each Spherion weighing a mere 0.831 grams.
Finally, gem-setting on the robust titanium for the cages posed a significant challenge, yet it was one that Purnell overcame by calling upon the skills of its
talented gem-setting artisans using extreme precision to apply special technique adapted to titanium.
A Spectacular Timepiece for That Special Client
With the Escape IIS Treasure, Purnell has tapped into a centuries-old tradition of gem-set timekeepers to bring a new collection of technically-advanced timepieces to a very special client: that style-conscious woman who appreciates the way gemstones enhance the beauty of a grand complication.