A visit to “Les Ateliers” (editor’s note, where most autonomous watchmakers exhibit) at Baselworld 2018 can some of the time bring decent astonishments – particularly on the off chance that you have an adoration for old-school chronograph watches. The Claude Meylan Légende 69 is a perfect, basic, rich stopwatch. As its name proposes, it is controlled by a vintage Valjoux 69 chronograph development, totally renovated and refurbished by Claude Meylan, an autonomous watchmaker situated in the Vallée de Joux, represented considerable authority in making skeletonised watches.
The hand-wound segment wheel chronograph found in this exquisite and clean watch is a restored old-stock Valjoux 69 type, a development presented in the last part of the 1930s (all the more definitely, we talk about new developments made with old-stock parts). The roots of the incredible chronograph producer Valjoux go as far back as the late 19th century when the Reymond brothers set up their development make in the Vallée de Joux. Reymond Frères SA would become Valjoux in 1929. The company is known today for the omnipresent design of 7750, and the absolute most noticeable watchmakers have utilized Valjoux developments: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet or Vacheron Constantin – to give some examples.
With its 23.40mm measurement, this little chronograph development consolidates a section haggle flat grip – an old style, notable and outwardly lovely design. It highlights 17 gems and runs at 18,000 vibrations each hour and it can store around 38 hours of force reserve.
The Claude Meylan Légende 69 has an exquisite, straightforward round case with mushroom pushers. Claude Meylan brings up that it is accessible in valuable metals just (rose or white gold). With its 31mm measurement, it certainly is a little watch – not exclusively to current principles however even to 1960s guidelines. Today, it makes an ideal women’s chronograph however it very well may be a commendable choice in the event that you are nostalgic for past polish. Also, if the little size of this Valjoux-controlled chronograph is a major issue, Claude Meylan encases other, bigger, old-stock Valjoux chronographs developments (Valjoux 88, 23 or 72) in bigger watches too.
The Claude Meylan Légende 69 is given a silver-shaded dial with Arabic numerals and leaf-formed hands. It is worn on a crocodile leather tie got to the wrist by a pin clasp. Cost is set at CHF 18,500 in rose gold, CHF 21,500 in white gold. It’s anything but a restricted version however accessibility is scant as Claude Meylan specifies they have around 20 developments to resurface. For more data on Claude Meylan watches, please visit www.claudemeylan.ch .