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New: Eberhard Extra-fort Grande Taille Roue à Colonnes

by Peter Chong on November 5, 2019
Overview
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Eberhard Extra-fort Grande Taille Roue à Colonnes

Complication / Type of Watch

column wheel chronograph with date

Eberhard & Co chooses an unusual sponsorship which reaffirms their connection with the world of photography. The collaboration is with fotofever Paris, an international art fair dedicated to contemporary photography. Eberhard will present the winner of the competition with a new watch, designed for the occassion. The Eberhard Extra-fort Grande Taille Roue à Colonnes.

Press Release and commentary. All images supplied.

fotofever – Paris

The event will be held in Paris at the Carrousel du Louvre from 8th to 10th November 2019. A select panel of experts will chose a winner based on the theme of Time from the works exhibited at this 8th edition of fotofever. The prize, known as the Eberhard Award will be announced on November 7, and the winner will be presented with the new Eberhard Extra-fort Grande Taille Roue à Colonnes.

L’Appartement du Collectionneur, located at the fair entrance, will display works by artistic director Yuki Baumgarten as well as one of the latest timepieces presented by Eberhard & Co.: a new version of the Extra-fort Grande Taille Roue à Colonnes.

We think this collaboration with fotofever is an interesting one taken by Eberhard, given that most sponsorships by watch companies usually go in the direction of motorsports, or vintage automobiles. This is a fresh breath for Eberhard, who remains a small independent manufacturer, and seals their commitment to the art world, in particular with photography. We think this is a great start in the right direction by Eberhard, and would like to see more such collaborations. Perhaps a deeper involvement between the Eberhard and fotofever to jointly develop a new watch.

Eberhard Extra-fort Grande Taille Roue à Colonnes

The Extra-fort collection has always had a prominent position within the Eberhard world, and is the oldest of the collection from the maison. The first Extra-fort models were in fact produced in the nineteen-forties, and over these eighty years since, Eberhard has never abandoned this symbolic collection, and it still is prominently offered in the current catalog.

The watch is the extension of the Extra-fort Grande Taille with a new movement which is equipped with a column wheel (Roue à Colonne) . Earlier version of the Extra-fort Grande Taille was equipped with a cam chronograph mechanism. A version of the Extra-fort exists with a column wheel in the current catalog, but that comes with a grande date.

Presented in a 41 mm steel case that is water resistant to 50 m and is offered in different dial variants, all with ” frappée” and “azurée” counters, and complemented by alligator straps or the “Chalin” steel bracelet.

Eberhard Extra-fort Grande Taille Roue à Colonnes Technical features

Reference: 31955
Movement: mechanical chronograph with automatic winding and column wheel, 2 counters (30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock, small continuous second at9 o’clock) – date at 6 o’clock. Central second hand of the chronograph
Case: steel

Diameter of the case: 41 mm.
Thickness of the case: 13,90 mm.
Case-back: polished, engraved, locked by 6 screws
Strap-attachment: 20,00 mm.
Water-resistance: 50 m
Crown: screw-in crown, water-resistant, personalised “E”
Bezel: polished
Glass: sapphire, domed, anti-reflecting
Push-buttons: rectangular
Dials: – silver with silver counters – blue with silver counters – grey with grey counters – silver with black counters Dial with “frappe” finishing and snailed counters Roman numerals, indices and date contour applied; “Dauphine” hands
Strap: alligator, blue or black. Buckle personalised E&C.
Bracelet: Chalin in steel
Optional: deployment clasp Déclic® in steel (Patented)

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