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Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy by Kari Voutilainen Collection Review

The fruit of a noteworthy collaboration between two industry connoisseurs, the brand new Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy Limited Edition collection combines the high horology of La Chaux-de-Fonds-based Schwarz Etienne with the sterling reputation of Kari Voutilainen, a master of hand-finishing, guilloche and enamelling. The combination of these two different worlds have delivered something truly unique, a design that surpasses almost all other limited edition collaborations seen over the last year.

 

The Schwarz Etienne watch brand is a new addition to the Jura Watches family, but one we are incredibly grateful to introduce to our customers. The century-old manufacturer is best known for its interesting, in-house built movements that are outstanding in their construction. They are particularly renowned for their focus on the manufacture of hairsprings and for producing movements for other third-party brands. While Schwarz Etienne focuses on the movement, Kari Voutilainen is all about decoration. Renowned for his award-winning designs, Kari Voutilainen is considered an industry master for his hand-finishing techniques which often include a bevy of guilloche and enamelling. This very Voutilainen-DNA couldn’t be more apparent in the new Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy by Kari Voutilainen Collection.

 

 

Where Voutilainen’s true talent shows is through the dials of the Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy Limited Editions. Dressed in breathtaking guilloche, the dials are offered in two colours, “ocean blue” and “sand grey” both of which have been rose engine-turned for an interest display of colour, contrast and depth. The base is engineered from solid silver plate with guilloche soleil detailing on the outer section, écaille de poisson (fish scale) for the central circle and a wave detailing on the small seconds subsidiary dial. To complete the mesmerising aesthetic, both Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy by Kari Voutilainen watches are adorned with short, applied batons, contemporary Arabic numerals and a guilloche hour track also enriched by a soleil pattern.

 

 

Kari Voutilainen has also been involved in the movement decoration which can be witnessed through the transparent case back of each Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy Limited Edition watch. Embellishments of diamond drops and snailing can be found on the rachet wheel while the bridges of the movements are hand-bevelled and feature straight flanks.  Again, his iconic guilloche technique makes an appearance, executed on a rose engine lathe, this time adorning the balance’s shock protection system and extending out to all the bridges. To cement his work on each Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy by Kari Voutilainen watch, the balance wheel is decorated with a rose gold applique that proclaims, “Schwarz Etienne by Voutilainen”.

 

Other than its decoration, the construction of the movement has been left entirely up to Schwarz Etienne. The Manufacture automatic winding Calibre ASE 200.00 is brought to life through a total of 198 components including 33 jewels and their legendary micro-rotor. Schwarz Etienne are one of only a few luxury watch manufacturers to offer models equipped with a micro rotor, which compared to conventional oscillating weights allows you to get an unobstructive view of the beautifully decorated bridges and other components inside. The Calibre ASE 200.00 has a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 86 hours.

 

 

Both Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy by Kari Voutilainen Limited Edition watches are housed within 39mm stainless steel cases measuring to a comfortable 11mm thick with highly polished surfaces. The sloped bezel and elongated lugs radiant a truly elegant character that moulds effortlessly to the wrist when paired with the leather straps. The “ocean blue” variant is paired with a matching blue calfskin leather strap while the “sand grey” model features an aged grey leather strap, both with stainless steel folding buckles.

 

 

You can shop all the latest Schwarz Etienne watch collections on the Jura Watches website today including the stunning new Roma Synergy Limited Edition duo by Kari Voutilainen. For more information on these watches and for advice on the interest free finance and free next day delivery available, get in touch with the team on 01335 453453 or send us a message at help@jurawatches.co.uk.

 

Specifications: Schwarz Etienne Roma Synergy by Kari Voutilainen Watches (WROVMA43SSCUBCLTD-A, WROVMA03SSCUBCLTD-A)

 

  • Case Size: 39mm
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Bezel: Fixed
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal
  • Case Back: Exhibition
  • Water Resistance: 50 metres
  • Movement: Calibre ASE 200.00, automatic
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
  • Power Reserve: 86 hours
  • Jewels: 33
  • Frequency: 21,600vph
  • Dial: Sand-grey or blue with hand-guilloché made by Les Ateliers Kari Voutilainen
  • Strap: Leather
  • Buckle: Folding
  • Limited Edition: 50 pieces each
  • RRP: £22,550
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