Ateliers DeMonaco Tourbillon Carre And Ronde Watches Hands-On – aBlogToWatch

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One of the more interesting and beautiful small production high-end watch brands from the last few years is Atelier DeMonaco. The exclusive luxury watch maker is based in Monaco, but is actually owned by Frederique Constant, and headed by their Dutch technical director and watchmaker Pim Koeslag. So in reality, DeMonaco is assembled in Monaco, logistically managed from Switzerland, and operated by the Dutch.

A few hallmarks of the brand are particularly interesting and they include use of modern materials such as sapphire bridges and silicon parts, beautiful hand-engraved elements such as the automatic rotors, and attractive yet contemporary designs. DeMonaco watches feel like a satisfying combination of both traditional watch making values but modern luxury sensibility. These watches aren’t for everyone with their high-end positioning and exclusive production, but they should be on your horological radar.

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In this article you get to see a few pieces in the DeMonaco Tourbillon collection which includes both the Tourbillon Carre (square) and Tourbillon Ronde (round). Each of the case styles comes with a few dial options that includes both Arabic and Roman numerals or baton hour markers, as well as case materials in both 18k rose and white gold. The cases are further produced from two materials, which includes 18k gold on the outside, with a titanium inner case. This is done as a means to make the watch stronger and lighter, as the generous proportions would make for a hefty load on the wrist if the cases were entirely in gold.

The DeMonaco Tourbillon Ronde case is 43mm wide while the Carre case is 44.3mm wide. These are most certainly bold timepieces with a loud demeanor that is enhanced by many of the decorative elements on the dial and case. Most of the dial versions have either engraved elements or Tahitian mother-of-pearl centers. We like the applied hour markers which come in various forms, each crisply cut and polished. Legibility is actually quite good. though I feel that DeMonaco did not need to give these watches skeletonized hands (new hand options will likely be added in the future).

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Luxury being a core element behind the Tourbillon collection, DeMonaco is happy to offer select pieces with extra levels of indulgence, such as this one-of-a-kind 18k white gold Tourbillon Ronde lined with black diamonds. It is actually a rather cool piece if you are into this sort of thing – and allows for a watch to be both diamond covered and still masculine. Even the versions with mother-of-pearl dials have a masculine appeal to them. Perhaps not a rugged sport style of masculinity, but enough that these don’t appear to be feminine – which can sometimes be the case with decorative timepieces in this vein.

The cases follow suit. The sloped edges of the case mix brushed and polished finishes together, as well as angles and curves in a watch that feels very architectural as opposed to looking like traditional watch cases. Little elements nevertheless make it clear that the DeMonaco watches were designed by a watchmaker, such as the crown that screws into the case for protection.

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Of course the most spectacular part of the DeMonaco Tourbillon watch collection are the in-house made Caliber XP1 automatic mechanical movements. We find that most all DeMonaco watches are inherently practical when it comes to utility and convenience. We applaud the application of automatic winding to the movement, even though a large part of the dial is see-through. Mounted under a bridge made from a piece of sapphire crystal, the tourbillon sits against an exposed section of the watch where you can see straight through it. As you move your wrist you can see the movement of the automatic rotor through the window.

Much of the movement, both on the front and rear side, are hand engraved. This is especially the case on the vividly decorated rotor that bears the Seal of Monaco complete with crown and shield. The rotor has two shades of gold, which meld well with the many blued steel screws found in various parts of the movement. The view of the movement from the front is especially colorful, as so many materials mix together pleasantly. Many of them, such as silicon, tend to change colors in the light.



Technically the caliber XP1 is a modern movement operating at 4HZ with the time, tourbillon (which acts as the small seconds indicator) and automatic winding. Silicon is used for the escape wheel and lever, which acts to increase stability and accuracy. As we’ve said before, the DeMonaco Tourbillon is a unique combination of both modern elements such as precision sapphire crystal and silicon components, but also a rich level of traditional crafts such as hand-engraved elements.

Each of the versions of the Atelier DeMonaco Tourbillon Ronde and Carre watches are limited to just 18 pieces. These are beautiful and extremely rare watches that are nevertheless horologically astute Prices range from 96,000 – 109,000 Swiss Francsdepending on material and style (without diamonds).

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The flower of the hour

Check out this great article by Ariel Adams on our latest addition to our collection.

Thanks you Ariel!

La Sirène – limited edition of 8 pieces

Ateliers deMonaco receives Master seal from Swiss authorities

The journey to establish a brand in the highest segments of watch making has several milestones along the way. And there is no other country more strict when it comes to protecting quality and reputation of the watch industry than Switzerland. So, the fact that a Monaco based brand received the “Poiçon de Maître” today from the Swiss authorities is another exciting milestone in our journey to establish a new haute-de-gamme watch brand. Importantly, it makes us even more convinced that our unwavering commitment to the highest quality will be the foundation of long term success.


The seal that is deposited will be the abbreviation of our brand – dMc – captured in the Monaco Diamond armour.


And as we are very proud of the seal, all our 18K gold watches will have our own and recognized Master seal from now on!

Once the first will be stamped, we will let you know & show!

It has stared!

Finally we have a minute to give a quick update on Baselworld 2013.

Back-to-back meetings with customers, retail partners, potential new partners and press from around the world. Hardly any time for a team picture!

Pim, Dora (HK office) and Manuel @ the start still looking “fresh”!

so far so good. Back to work & keep you posted!

Ateliers deMonaco @ Salon Belles Montres in Paris

Just in case you are in the neighborhood, the Salon Belles Montres opens its doors for the 6th time on the 23, 24 et 25 of November in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. On the program not only the big and estblished watchmaking houses you all know, but also some very exciting independants that clearly create a fresh impulse in both the technology innovation and design!! And yes, we wil be there….. 🙂
For more details, go to:, or if you can not be there, wait for our report after the show.


McLaren & deMonaco: Match made in heaven!

Singapore – July 2012. Over the next few weeks, you can witness what we belief is called a cross-category match made in heaven: the newest McLaren C12 out of the sports luxury automotive industry is jointly on display with the formula 1 of high end watchmaking, our very own Grand Tourbillon Ronde d’Or eXtreme Precision!

Toys for boys at E’collezione in Singapore

Highest standard of engineering allow to Feel the rush of reaching 60mph in 3.1 seconds, racing up to 329kph, and hearing the roar of a V8 engine as your soundtrack. Driving open-air in the 12C Spider reconnects you to the world around you. Experience the open road and the thrill of driving it.

The McLaren family

The parallels between mechanical movements’ performance and Formula 1 race is a never ending love story that inspires and challenges us as watchmakers. Therefore, on the one hand each of our timepieces reflects and exhausts the distinctive and iconiccspirit of Monaco: a subtle alchemy between nobility and glamour, timeless beauty and contemporary luxury, hieratic history and daring Riviera lifestyle. Inexhaustible source of inspiration for the creations, its vibrant, innovative and demanding personality is also emblematic of Ateliers De Monaco core values and its vision of a nouvelle Haute Horlogerie’s era. But on the other hand, we are inspired by today’s technology that can be injected in the art of fine watchmaking. Innovation that challenges tradition with stylish elegance and maestria. Passion for design is in-dissociable from an incessant quest for mechanical performance. A new generation of timekeepers features meticulously executed details combined with cutting-edge materials. Ateliers De Monaco wishes to share these aspirations and inspirations with a new generation of time lovers through its exclusive Masterpieces collection. Each of them is sure to fascinate all those with a taste for contemporary luxury and precious time.

Xtreme engineering from two performance based brands!