We first presented the VAULT V1 watch concept in July. We were intrigued by the interesting interpretation of time telling. The new independent brand works with the great master watchmaker Andreas Strehler. We visited his atelier – Uhrteil AG, in Sirnach, Switzerland to talk with him and Mark Schwarz – VAULT Watches’ CEO and to understand more about this special project. Since our initial talk in June 2017, the project contoured quite well, evolved to the point we were able to see the prototypes at the official Swiss release. This is our report on the event.
Nothing, but a dream!
VAULT V1 is a story about a dream came true. It started with Mark Schwarz at some point in his life. He realised that life is precious and personal for each and one of us and time is measured in moments. We might have watches that reveal us the cruel and cold passing time, measured precisely by that wrist object, but our perception is tied to the moment, good or bad, as we experience it. Mark wanted that also for the machines to be more personal, to show time in the same precise manner but in a unique way, dependent on owner’s preference. In the end, we cannot change the way time flows, but we can change the way it is displayed.
With this idea, Mark turned to his close friend Philippe Schmid and they both started a journey to make the dream come true. With the help of talented designer Laurent Auberson, master watchmaker Andreas Strehler and his team at Uhrteil AG, the dream is now in his final steps to become reality.
VAULT V1 Launch
The Swiss launch of VAULT V1 watches comes just a few days after the brand presentation at Salon QP. As location for the launch was chosen Schmohl AG, the Swiss official dealer of Bentley, Bugatti, McLaren and Rolls-Royce. Mark explained that the reason for the location choice was the beauty of the mechanical art represented by these fine, luxurious automobiles. He considered that automotive and horlogerie go well together.
Mark has made a four-part presentation before revealing the V1. Every part took place at a different point of the showroom, each part was accompanied by one of the great auto names present at and presented by Schmohl AG.
More information can be found on the VAULT Watches Website.
VAULT V1 Specification and price
The price for the VAULT V1 in steel is CHF50,000, limited to 99 pieces. The rose gold V1 is limited to 66 pieces and has a release price of CHF60,000. V1 in titanium with a weight of only 83grams will be available in a 99 pieces limited series for a price tag of CHF50,000. A limited series of 33 pieces will be manufactured in platinum and will have a price of CHF68,000.
Calibre: V01, exclusively made for VAULT by Uhrteil AG
Type: Self-winding movement
Power reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 3Hz / 21’600 vph
Functions: Hours and minutes
Material: Stainless Steel / Rose Gold / Titanium (83 grams) / Platinum
Dimensions of the case: 46.7mm length, 39mm width and 15mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
Crown: In case material
Caseback: Solid case back
Material: Rubber strap (different colours, leather options available)
Buckle: Pin buckle in case material