Luxury Watches News Watch Design Watches — 20 October 2012

Swiss luxury watchmaker Cecil Purnell often refers to itself as a micro-manufacturer who specializes exclusively in tourbillons. They believe that the tourbillon movement is the standard in watch-making know-how. Their concentration in this feature helps ensure only the highest levels of craftsmanship as well as the fact that Cecil Purnell releases 50 pieces per year.

The fledgling Swiss watch manufacturer prides itself in their commitment to maintaining the values of Haute Horlogerie. In the world of luxury watches, Cecil Purnell is still a fledgling brand however they are resolute in making a name for themselves.
Cecil Purnell La Grande Date Tourbillon Watch
The Cecil Purnell La Grande Date Tourbillon Watch is the latest release from the elusive Swiss watchmaker. The watch itself is very striking in appearance. It features a very grand dial which is available in white or pink gold case with matching screws on the case back. However, what might be the most remarkable feature of the La Grande Date is the missing dial.

This feature is not only unique to look at but it allows one to take a peek into the hand wound movement which is equipped with a tourbillon CP 3988 calibre with 19 jewels pulsating at 21,600 vibrations per hour and has a substantial 60-hour power reserve. The timepiece is also furnished with anti-glare double sapphire crystals with affixed hour indicators with suspended tips and is water resistant to 50 meters. The watch strap comes in black leather with a corresponding 18 karat white or pink gold buckle.

The watch is very beautiful; it combines an overall upscale design with edgy features such as the suspended spiky tips and totally transparent dial. There are many impressive features of this watch that are commendable and due to the fact that Cecil Purnell takes painstaking measures to ensure quality, you know that you are getting a solid timepiece. However the six figure price tag for such a small brand name in the world of watches will likely deter most watch collectors and admirers from buying this watch.

I appreciate all the time and detail that went into making this timepiece and it is unfortunate that Cecil Purnell has not been able to achieve the notoriety of some its competitors. However, personally, I am unsure whether this watch will bring the brand the recognition it deserves.

The La Grande Tourbillon also comes in a sportier version called the Pit Lane V12 for those who prefer something less formal.

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