Movements – French exception: The formidable Calibre Royal from Pequignet
2 November 2010 The Calibre Royal, courageously initiated by Didier Leibundgut, the owner of Pequignet, is an automatic movement beating at 21,600 vibrations per hour. Composed of 298 parts, it has been completely conceived, designed, prototyped, tested and assembled in Pequignet’s ateliers in Morteau (France). Its main characteristics make this an exceptional automatic movement, totally integrated and designed to receive, without additional plates, new complications such as: automatic winding in both directions; distribution of the initial force by a central axis of the large barrel; large balance with compensating screws; large date and day without loss of amplitude during activation; calculated power reserve of 100 hours; indication on the dial of 88 hours of power reserve of which 72 are guaranteed in terms of isochronism (amplitude of 220° in the vertical position after 72 hours of working); small seconds at 4 o’clock to aesthetically balance the position of the power reserve indicator. The production and assembly tool are currently being set up and the first watches equipped with this calibre should attract a lot of attention when they are presented in November or December of this year. Starting in 2010, Pequignet expects to strengthen its position with the realization of 300 to 400 movements per month.
Source: Europa Star October - November 2010 Magazine Issue