Molnar Fabry has decided to release its first ever minute repeater, known as the Nightingale. As is the case with other pieces made by the brand, this watch was a client commission, and is a very unique watch.
The timepiece has in it a very modified and decorated Paul H. Matthey movement from a pocket watch that is more than 125 years old. The changes to the movement were extensive, and to get things started, i will write a few words about the case.
The case measures in at 43.3 millimeters in diameter, and is made of 18k pink gold. This case was made 100% by hand, which is normal for Molnar Fabry because the two owners of the firm are legit trained jewelers and goldsmiths. The thickness of the case is 16 millimeters, but we should not forget that the movement is from an old pocket watch. As for the minute repeater, the slide to activate it is located at the 8 o’clock.
German silver was used to create the dial for this watch, and yes it was also 100% hand made. The dial features skeleton Roman numerals, and also hour markers that have hand beveled edges. A skeletonized watdch dial such as this permits the owner of the watch to actually view the minuter repeater after it is activated. At the 6 o’clock, there is a running seconds subdial. The hour, minute, and seconds hands are all made of 18k pink gold, and they are quite beautiful. To increase visibilty, the dial is plated with blue rhodium. Plenty of contrast there with the pink gold hands.
Regarding the movement, it comes from a pocket watch made back in 1890. The movement was converted to a stem setting movement because parts had to be removed to get the movement started again, and to set the time correctly. The caseback is exhibition, and of course they used sapphire as the viewing crystal. The bridges are hand engraved using banknote engraving. It has such a name because the technique is used in the printing of money. The watch face crystal is scratch resistant sapphire, and the watch comes with an alligator strap done in blue that was made in Paris.
This watch is no lightweight. If you wish to have the firm make one for you, the cost would be in the $135,000 range, which translates into about EUR 120,000. Please go to molnarfabry.com for more information. Thank you.