Over the last few years, I have been privileged to fulfil many of my ambitions. These include writing several books about subjects I’m passionate about and designing numerous mechanical watches. However, even though freelance work is highly rewarding it can also be very precarious. Certainly with rising bills, everyday expenses this life doesn’t suit everyone needs. Ultimately, that is why I love writing about independent watchmakers who make huge sacrifices to realise their dreams. A great example can be found in Vincent Plomb who owns micro brand Vicenterra.
In recent time the world of horology has experienced volatile periods and several brands haven’t survived. Certainly, Apple and the smartwatch revolution has had an impact. However, designers like Vincent Plomb have stayed the course because of clever designs and realistic pricing. I have followed Vincent’s brand Vicenterra for many years and am massively impressed at his accomplishments. Over the last decade, Vincent has gone from developing an innovative prototype to creating some amazing timepieces. He debuted with the tonneau shape GMT-3 and has recently unveiled a watch called the Tycho Brahe T2 Blue App.
The market is saturated with watch brands and disappointingly most of the designs are generic unless you have deep pockets. That is why it is enormously refreshing to see a watch like the Tycho Brahe T2 Blue App. Aesthetically this timepiece delivers an enormous punch and would compliment even the finest of collections. I absolutely love the multi-layered architectural façade with offset blue dial, with contrasting iridescent silver raised indexes (which inspired the name of the watch). However, the pièce de résistance is the amazing three-dimensional rotating earth indication (located at 5 o’clock). Other features include curved polished rhodium hour/minute hands and large magnified date window (3 o’clock). This entire splendour is encapsulated in a generously proportioned Grade 5 titanium case measuring 42.80mm x 11.70mm x 51.64mm.
At the heart of the watch is modified self-winding Swiss made ETA 2892 movement with an exclusive 6-jewel module developed in house by Vicenterra. The calibre comprises 21-jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. This mechanism is visibly showcased via the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. Functionally the Tycho Brahe T2 Blue App features hours, minutes, seconds GMT rotating earth globe indication and date facility. The watch also is water resistant to a depth of 50-metres and has a power reserve of 42-hours. As a perfect finishing touch the timepiece has a blue calf leather strap with engraved (Vicenterra logo) Grade 5 titanium pin and buckle.
The Tycho Brahe T2 Blue App is priced competitively at CHF 4’814 (approximately $4,931) and limited to 99 numbered pieces. For more information about this amazing watch follow this link