We were the first to bring you the breaking news that the new AgenGraphe chronograph was to be used in a Fabergé watch back in . Read the details of the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph here. We managed to spend some good quality time with Jean-Marc Wiederrecht in Baselworld 2017, who personally showed us and explained the magnificent chronograph. We now bring you high resolution photographs of the Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.
Essential reading: The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph
Technical details and innovation features are discussed in detail in the above article.
The Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph made our Chief Editor’s Top 5 Watches from Baselworld list.
Our feelings about the watch is that it is quite remarkable. The feel of the chronograph actions are light, but positive. And the actuation, stop and reset actions require more or less the same force (by feel, of course we did not measure the actual force to actuate).
We initially thought that the clean looking dial, with all the chronograph counters mounted co-axially from the center would make a dull looking watch. After all, many of us are fascinated with chronographs because we like the complex look, with the sub-counters. But in real life, the Visionnaire Chronograph is quite charming. The visuals with the red tipped chronograph counters over a tiered central disc is quite attractive. The way the time is read, with the hours/minutes hands with the tips showing, floating below this central disc is nicely executed.
The movement side looks complicated, as a chronograph should be. But we feel the aesthetics of the chronograph layout could be better. The movement layout seems to us to be excessively messy. It lacks the harmony of a nicely laid out chronograph. Perhaps this busy layout is mandated by the fact that the entire chronograph works need to be inserted into the middle opening of the donut shaped base movement.
We were keenly interested in how the AgenGraphe turned out in the first watch to use the movement – the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph. And having seen the watch, tried it on, played with it, and chatted with Jean-Marc about it, we were impressed. This is a nice step forward for Fabergé to get the respect it needs as a watchmaker. The Visionnaire Chronograph is a serious approach, and priced keenly at CHF 35,000 for either version before taxes is rather attractive. We are looking forward to the next watch to use the same movement, to be announced before 3Q this year, to see how that is executed, and perhaps make a comparison.