A few months ago whilst doing research for another article I discovered a wonderful new watch label called Bausele. The company is the brainchild of Christophe Hoppé and was established in 2011. When I spoke to Christophe, he explained that Bausele is an anagram of Beyond AUStralian ELEments. Since I founded Total Watch Reviews, I have tried my best to represent brands from as many geographic regions as possible. Apart from The Melbourne Watch Company this is only other noteworthy Australian watchmaker I have featured so far. Hopefully this situation will change in the very near future.

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Even though Christophe Hoppé was born in France he emigrated to Sydney with his family a few years ago. Since then he has immersed himself into Australian culture and likes to manufacture his timepieces here in the future. In a recent telephone conversation with Christophe he informed me that a decade spend in the watch industry inspired him to design his own timepieces. Impressively he has worked for a range of companies including the Swatch Group and Techomarine. About a month and a half ago he left his high power position as the Director of Finance for Hurley to pursue this venture full time.

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A few weeks ago I published an editorial entitled ‘More Style On a Budget’. This article showcased five attractive timepieces marketed under the $1,000 threshold including Bausele’s fantastic Japanese automatic. Even though this watch is pretty striking, Christophe was very keen for me to review his new Swiss version. About a few weeks ago the timepiece arrived and I can tell you the pictures don’t do the actual watch justice. Dimensionally the timepiece has an average diameter of 44mm excluding the oversized crown. I feel these proportions (and the incredibly competitive price) will appeal to a large variety of buyers including the Unisex market. Generally I found the watch exceptionally comfortable and lightweight to wear. Primarily this is down to the innovative case design and choice of scratch resistant high performance matt black ceramic.

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Visually the watch has got a high quality and expensive appearance. It is clear that Christophe has been massively influenced by the bold designs of B.R.M. Nevertheless Bausele’s Automatic Pilot Red is about a fifth of the price. What makes this watch so appealing is the distinctive multi-layered façade, which allows the recipient an intimate glimpse of the mechanical movement. I love details like the offset dial with large bold numerals and an amazing crown containing real Australian red earth. Other features include a second hand that represents Sydney tower and red latticework portraying the metal work of the iconic Harbour Bridge. Overall the composition has been carefully considered and well executed.

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To power the watch, Christophe has sourced a robust self-winding A-10 Calibre from Soprod. Due to its reliability, high-end watchmakers such as Stepan Sarpaneva and Vergo Avius use this movement for its efficiency. The mechanism comprises 25-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Functionally the Automatic Pilot Red features hours, minutes, seconds and date facility. The watch also has a power reserve of 42 hours and is water resistant to a depth of 50 metres.

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The Automatic Pilot Red has a black leather strap with folded black IP treated steel buckle. Priced at: $1,488 AU (approximately $1,392).

For more information visit the company’s website: http://www.bausele.com

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