Premiers : In the name of the father

Aelius 8 days “AD HONOREM – for my father”

Case : engraved pink gold, patented lug fastening, sapphire crystal, water-resistant to 30m Movement : mechanical self-winding (original 1926 certified 184-8 Days caliber, 192h power reserve), hand-engraved and guilloché, openworked, Breguet overcoil Functions : hours, minutes Dial : manual guilloché work, signed AD HONOREM – 8 days, blued hands Strap : Louisiana alligator leather, gold folding clasp Limited and numbered 20-piece edition

First and foremost, a salute to the bravery and the entrepreneurial spirit of the founders of Premiers, who are launching a new brand amid a tough economic environment. Their inherent merit is backed by a clear niche positioning, combining an intrinsic double rarity with a powerful love of Haute Horlogerie: their ultra-limited series feature historical movements clothed in a meticulously finished contemporary exterior. This approach is exemplified in the Aelius 8 days “AD HONOREM – for my father” which restores life to a cult movement. The almost century old “184-8 Days” movement invented by Swiss watchmaking pioneers Josef Girard and Urs Schild was manufactured at the time by Schild-Eterna. Adorned with a circular Côtes de Genève motif, this 19-ligne movement with its power reserve that was truly amazing at the time features an original balance-spring with Breguet overcoil along with skeletonized bridges and hand-engraved and guilloché components. The meticulous and refined workmanship continues on the dial and the gold case with its patented lug fastening. Only 20 collectors will be able to acquire this model vividly embodying Premiers’ determination to honor age-old traditions while propelling them firmly into the 21st century.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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