Ataelier Haute Complication Caliber Am1

Ataelier Haute Complication Caliber Architecture Mécanique N°1

Ataelier Haute Complication Caliber Am 1

BrandAtaelier Haute Complication
Caliber NumberArchitecture Mécanique N°1
Watchmaker
Vladimir Victor Négault
In-House?
Yes (with ETA/Peseux 7001 components)
Movement TypeMechanical, manual-wind
Diameter
35.9mm
Height
5.16mm
Total Components
187 parts
Jewels
28
Beat Rate
21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Lift Angle
50 degrees
Amplitude
300 degrees (dial up)
Power Reserve
42~45 hours
Balance Wheel
Glucydur
Anti-Shock Device
Incabloc
Hand Count2
FunctionsCentral hours; central minutes; day/night indicator and GMT via panoramic home time zone display at 12:00
Finish
German silver, sandblasted, bevels finished by hand
Country of ManufactureGeneva, Switzerland; Swiss made
Known Models
Atelier Haute Complication Dual Time

The ATÆLIER HAUTE COMPLICATION caliber Architecture Mecanique No. 1 (AM1?) is found in the brand’s debut model called the Dual Time.

In the watchmaker’s own words:

“Mainplate and Bridges in Natural German Silver, decorated by hand, piece by piece after engraving of the mainplate. In-House movement, fully integrated complication.” –Source

Ataelier Haute Complication Caliber Architecture Mecanique No 1

Some of the topics covered in this caliber listing:

About the Brand:

This brand and caliber (do I really have to type all of that again :P) was founded by architect turned watchmaker Vladimir Victor Négault.

There was a comment on one of his earlier posts asking why the F.P. Journe influence? The question was left unanswered, but by now, anyone who knows the brand may also know that Mr. Négault had a 14-year-long career doing research and development for F.P. Journe.

The brand was officially announced in 2018, with the debut model launched in 2022. A second model, slated for release some time in 2023 is going to be the Striking Tourbillon or Tourbillon à Sonnerie, with a mechanical ringing half-hour reminder complication.

Limited Edition and Prototypes:

The “Dual Time” model is a limited edition release with only 99 watches available.

19 prototypes were available for pre-sale and sold-out in 6 days. These 19 pieces can be identified by the word Subscription No. XX across the top of the bezel between 9:00 and 12:00, as well as the red text logo on the dial between 6:00 and 9:00. It appears that these pre-order pieces were priced with a 50% discount.

The regular retail price for a watch with this caliber is CHF 8,000 (about $9,135 USD).

Ataelier Haute Complication Caliber Am1

Video:

From the video description:

“After 14 years of working in the FP JOURNE’s Research & Development Dept. I launch my own Brand in Geneva: ATAELIER HAUTE COMPLICATION, based on the innovation of very new complications. 19 Prototypes of the first model Dual Time will be delivered on Sept-Oct 2022. Buy yours in advance and save 50% (contact for still available numbers).” –Source (March 25, 2022)

Caliber Number:

It does not appear that the brand itself has used “AM1” as an official caliber designation, but since Architecture Mecanique No. 1 is a bit long winded for a traditional caliber number, you can expect to see it abbreviated as AM1 by various publications, including Caliber Corner. However, keep in mind that at the time of this post, there is at least one other watch company using AM1 as their caliber number.

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