For the first time in its history, the Geneva-based watch manufacture Ateliers deMonaco features a stainless steel case in its Admiral Chronographe Flyback collection.
The Armure treatment:
Ateliers deMonaco introduces a new timepiece forged out of the brand’s desire to innovate and work with state-of-the-art technology. Inspired by the armour of the “Chevalier en Armure” beared by the seal of Monaco, the Admiral Chronographe Flyback presents a special feature. The 42mm case is treated with a process called Armure which enables the steel to be about five times more scratch-resistant than regular steel.
The Armure treatment is not a coating. It’s defined as a low temperature carbon diffusion chemical process that hardens the steel’s surface. Standard steel is normally around 220 HV (Vickers Hardness number – a quantitative measure of the hardness of metals). Following the Armure treatment, the steel can measure up to 1200 HV.
Respecting tradition and watchmaking know-how, the Admiral Chronographe Flyback Armure timepieces are powered by the patented dMc-760 flyback chronograph calibre. The latter is in-house developed, in-house produced and in-house assembled in the brand’s Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Switzerland. This movement is embellished by a 22K gold rotor and engraved with Monaco’s Coat of Arms.
Admiral Chronographe Flyback Armure:
Two new watches constitute the new Armure line, the first one comes with a full polished stainless steel case and a beautiful sapphire dial decorated with polished applied roman numerals. A light touch of blue is added on the chronograph’s seconds and on the chronograph’s minutes hands. And adding the perfect finishing touch to the timepiece, a beautiful strap adorned with a delicate handmade blue stitching.
The second model features a stainless case treated with black DLC thereby giving the watch a very masculine and sporty note. A strong outlook accentuated by red chronograph hands and a red topstitch on the strap.
The Admiral Chronographe Flyback collection was first launched in 2015 with four elegant classic models, the following year, the collection was enriched with two models set with a sapphire dial bringing a touch of modernity to the collection. With this stainless steel addition, this line acquires a new and relaxed appearance offering a more casual look.