Daniel Roth Small Seconds
An elegant stainless steel time only Daniel Roth, featuring meticulously well finished pin-striped guilloché dial.
The name Daniel Roth still causes furore amongst collectors for reasons that are known to most. In his attempts to become a recognised watchmaker, Daniel Roth completed his technical apprenticeship in Nice, before moving to the epicentre of watchmaking, Vallée de Joux. The revered school in Le Sentier and a seven year period with Audemars Piguet laid the foundations of Roth’s craft. When the Chaumet Brothers, the then owners of Breguet, were attempting to revamp and restore the glory days of Breguet, they turned to a young Daniel Roth. Fourteen years later, Roth, not only brought back the glory days for Breguet, he created some of the most specular watches since Abraham Louis Breguet’s time.
The Quartz Crisis signalled the end of the Chaumet tenure and allowed Daniel Roth to pursue ambitions of his own. In 1989, Daniel Roth decided to establish his own manufacture. The rise of the independents was almost renaissance like, Roth was one of the pioneers in this newfound era of ‘freedom’, other honourable names such as Svend Andersen, Franck Muller, F. P. Journe, Roger Dubuis played a crucial role in allowing this movement to flourish. Interestingly, Roth was able to carve out his own design language that made most of his pieces instantly recognisable. There were subtle cues and nods to Breguet’s work in his designs although what made Roth’s instantly distinguishable was his double-ellipse case, the difference polished facets found on the case and the unique construction of the case was ahead of its time.
The relatively young brand paired with its eponymous founder, Daniel Roth, had grand ambitions. In order to realise this, the brand accepted an external investment, which resulted in Daniel Roth being sidelined to an extent, similar to that of Roger Dubuis. In 2001, the Daniel Roth brand was sold to the Bvlgari Group and eventually morphed under the name. This resulted in Daniel Roth losing the right to use his own name for his future project.
This double-ellipse stainless steel Daniel Roth measures 35 by 38 mm in diameter and 10mm in thickness. The unique shape of the modestly sized case along with the addition of the downward slopping lugs allows this ‘medium’ sized Daniel Roth to offer unparalleled comfort on the wrist. The dial features a sharply executed pinstripe guilloché pattern, which complements the light, brushed chapter ring with roman numerals. The anchor-shaped hand found at 6 o’clock, is used for the seconds, the use of this distinctive shape allows for a harmonious uninterrupted view of the rest of the dial. The dial is signed “DANIEL ROTH” at 12 o’clock and “SWISS MADE” at 6 o’clock, the individual number of the watch is placed on the case-back. Additionally, the outer dial features 9 luminova plots found above the roman numerals.
The automatic movement signed Daniel Roth, is adjusted to five positions and features thirty-two jewels. The slim moment is made by Girard Perregaux, the GP 3000 was launched in 1994, the movement found in this Daniel Roth is the GP 3100. The use of ball bearings in movements requires lubrication which could provide a myriad of issues. To prevent these problems, Girard-Perregaux, in collaboration with a supplier, developed ball bearings, which eliminated any lubrication and increased the efficiency of the movement. Aesthetically, the calibre is finished to a high standard. The classic Côtes de Genève is found on both the 18-carat gold rotor as well as the base of the movement.
Brand: Daniel Roth
Movement: GP 3100
Case Diameter: 35mm x 38mm
Box & Papers: NA