Pierre DeRoche TNT Royal Retro Skull (Live Pics)

The inherently rebellious, unique and technical TNT Royal Retro Skull reflects the highly contemporary trend for personalisation, while preserving all the original qualities of its Royal Retro movement. The world’s only calibre capable of housing six retrograde seconds mechanisms stages a fascinating ballet of six hands dancing across ten-second periods that instantly draws the gaze and positions this timepiece firmly in the category of “showtime” complications. In the notable absence of a dial, its broad and eminently visible central bridge provides unlimited space for brand aficionados to make their individual model even more exclusive and personal. On this first limited-edition interpretation, the hexagonal central going train bridge is adorned with a skull motif that has become a classic theme in contemporary watchmaking. A distinctive laser-engraving technique creates a striking play on light and shade exploring the many nuances of grey. Contrasting shades outline the shape of the skull using the “light trapping” method, offering a fascinating means of marrying metal with this promising form of expertise.

The excellence of Dubois Dépraz, a renowned Manufacture of complicated movements, powers the beating heart of the TNT Royal Retro. This sporty timepiece displays the hours and minutes, seconds with retrograde function appearing on six 10-second sectors, moving retrograde hand indicator and a date window. Its 47.5 mm-diameter case is made of steel and black PVD-coated titanium, set in this version with 240 brilliant-cut totalling approx. 1.10 cts.

Mechanical automatic movement, exclusive Dubois Dépraz calibre, 58 jewels. Decorated and engraved oscillating weight. Central bridge, 6 chamfered and satin-finished seconds bridges. Minute wheel with Pierre DeRoche logo. Hands affixed by a transversal pin. 6 gear-driven retrograde seconds hands with strip-spring return. The black zones of the skull-shaped central bridge are formed using the “light trapping” method, which consists in laser-engraving a motif by creating an engraving background featuring an irregular topography that prevents light from penetrating its surface.

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