Spring/Summer 2024

Luxury Goods, Jewellery & Watches
Dial is the Soul of a Watch

Biver, a young independent Swiss luxury watchmaker, has revealed the last 10 pieces of its initial 50-piece series of the Biver Carillon Tourbillon Minute Repeater.

In closing the first major chapter of its history, and before the curtain rises on a new timepiece next September, the new watches explore new realms of elegance and honour the art of dial making with guilloché watch faces in Mother-of-Pearl and Black Obsidian.

Biver believes that the dial is the face of a watch and the reflection of its soul. The dial not only sets the tone but also establishes its style. It captivates at first glance, a hint at the character of the timepiece. Whether it conceals or reveals the inner workings, the dial begins to weave the narrative of the watch before one even gets to the details of its composition or craftsmanship. It is the first chapter in the story that each watch uniquely tells.

For the ultimate 10 pieces of the initial 50-piece series of its first watch, the Carillon Tourbillon Minute Repeater, launched just a year ago, Biver wished to pay a particular tribute to the dial maker’s artistry – by proposing two original dial options.

The first dial, crafted from black obsidian, creates a striking contrast with the warm preciousness of the rose gold case. The second, in Mother of Pearl, enhances the elegant simplicity of the titanium version. In both designs, the case dimensions remain the same, with a reasonable diameter of 42mm and a restrained thickness of 13.7mm. The movement is the automatic JCB-001 calibre with micro-rotor winding; it beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour (3Hz) and offers a 72-hour power reserve.

The two models are priced CHF560,000 ($611,420) for the version with the mother-of-pearl dial and baguette diamond indexes in the titanium case, and CHF630,000 ($687,850) for the version with the silvered black obsidian dial and baguette diamond indexes in the rose gold case.  

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