A partnership borne out of pure friendship and trust, Gaël Petermann and Florian Bédat knew each other as mere teenagers at the watchmaking school of Geneva, and even lived together during their time in Germany, paving the way for a strong and seamless business partnership. After setting up their own workshop at Renens working on servicing/restoring vintage watches and pocket watches in 2017, Dominique Renaud asked the two watchmakers to help him to decorate his new project, the DR-01, and assemble one non-functional watch. Instead of receiving monetary compensation for their work, the duo decided to ‘trade hours’ with Dominique Renaud, seeking his engineering expertise in developing the in-house dead-beat second caliber 171. Co-developed with Dominique Renaud, the 30mm caliber is regulated by a large “Breguet-style” balance wheel, and an impressive designed dead-beat ancre.
With the influence of pocket watches, vintage 1950s Patek Philippe and Lange & Söhne, Petermann and Bédat wanted to place simplicity at the forefront of their first watch’s design, and keep to a classic round shape for their first timepiece. However, in keeping with modern times, it is bigger, with its 18K gold case being 39mm diameter and 10.7mm thickness. Entirely decorated by hand, the plate & bridges are made of german silver, displaying different kind of finishing on both sides: inward beveling, black-mirror polish on steel parts, Côtes de Genève, Sunray & Circular graining. The multilayered sand-blast dial highlights the gold hands and applied indexes while the stitched alligator strap is made by “Les Ateliers du Bracelets”, one of the finest craftsmen in Geneva.
Combined, Petermann and Bédat have experience working on different Lange 1 models, perpetual calendar and chronograph movements at Lange & Söhne in Germany, at Harry Winston in the incase department and small complications department, as well as in Svend Andersen’s workshop in Switzerland.