A visit to “Les Ateliers” (editor’s note, where most free watchmakers exhibit) at Baselworld 2018 can in some cases bring exceptionally decent shocks – particularly on the off chance that you have an adoration for old-school chronograph watches. The Claude Meylan Légende 69 is a perfect, straightforward, rich stopwatch. As its name proposes, it is fueled by a vintage Valjoux 69 chronograph development, completely renovated and refurbished by Claude Meylan, an autonomous watchmaker situated in the Vallée de Joux, had some expertise in making skeletonised watches.
The hand-wound segment wheel chronograph found in this exquisite and clean watch is a resurfaced old-stock Valjoux 69 type, a development presented in the last part of the 1930s (all the more correctly, we talk about new developments made with old-stock parts). The birthplaces of the amazing chronograph producer Valjoux go as far back as the late 19th century when the Reymond siblings set up their development fabricate in the Vallée de Joux. Reymond Frères SA would become Valjoux in 1929. The company is known today for the omnipresent engineering of 7750, and the absolute most unmistakable watchmakers have utilized Valjoux developments: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet or Vacheron Constantin – to give some examples.
With its 23.40mm breadth, this little chronograph development consolidates a segment haggle even grasp – a traditional, notable and outwardly lovely design. It highlights 17 gems and runs at 18,000 vibrations each hour and it can store exactly 38 hours of force reserve.
The Claude Meylan Légende 69 has an exquisite, basic 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 unquestionably is a little watch – not exclusively to current norms yet even to 1960s principles. Today, it makes an ideal women’s chronograph yet it very well may be a commendable alternative in the event that you are nostalgic for former style. What’s more, if the little size of this Valjoux-fueled 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 cowhide 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 yet accessibility is scant as Claude Meylan specifies they have around 20 developments to restore. For more data on Claude Meylan watches, please visit www.claudemeylan.ch .