Oskar Pascal Chronograph (Add your watch to the comments below…)
The Oskar Pascal caliber OP-X is an automatic chronograph movement, apparently based on the Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier caliber Seed VMF 3022/12
Some of the topics covered in this caliber listing:
Vaucher Seed Base:
The Vaucher Seed VMF 3022/12 is a modular movement produced by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier for independent microbrands lokoing for something beyond the standard Swiss ebauche offerings the community is accustomed to.
Minimum order quantities are as low as 25 pieces, including custom rotor design. When a brand can place a larger order of 250+ movements, Vaucher can further customize the shapes and decorations of the bridges.
Oskar Pascal OP-X VS Vaucher VMF 3022/12:
Below is a side-by-side of the Oskar Pascal calibre OP-X and the Vaucher Seed VMF 3022/12. It appears that the main difference is the rotor style. The Vaucher is said to have a tungsten rotor, but Oskar Pascal does not appear to make mention of that in their marketing materials, so the use of a tungsten rotor on the OP-X is unconfirmed.
Not to be confused with the well-known Panerai calibre OP-X. While watch brands are known to reuse each other’s model names (for example, putting “Master” on the end of every type of watch), it’s not common for brands to reuse caliber numbers. There are a lot of good reasons to avoid doing so, especially the modern reason of search-ability. It’s obvious that the OP here stands for the initials of the brand: Oskar Pascal, perhaps they could have been advised to use a different letter than -X on the end.
Somehow, the brand finds a way to use the terms “haute horlogerie” and “in-house” in their marketing copy. If these are important trigger words for your watch collecting habits, you may want to explore them more and make your own judgement.
“Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, one of the worlds most prominent high-grade movement experts, manufactures and customizes the Haut Horlogerie chronographs. All other parts are engineered and designed in-house, down to the smallest screws. More than 20 000 hours was invested in development of the first model and countless number of drawings and prototypes was made to ensure the high promise of no compromises.” –Oskar Pascal About page (9/23)
If by “in-house” they are referring to their stated partnership with Cyrano Devanthey of Oscillon, then it seems that the brand on the dial should read Oscillon to be entitled to the appellation.
“Born in Sweden, made in Switzerland. Engineered and designed in Stockholm, Sweden, in close collaboration with Cyrano Devanthey in Switzerland – one of few watchmakers in the world with the knowledge of complete hand made, precision wristwatches. Truly Swiss Made. Manufactured in Fleurier, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Zurich and Geneva Switzerland, ensuring the high quality and craftsmanship that defines every Oskar Pascal timepiece.” – Same source as above
To most watch enthusiasts, in-house would imply that the movements are made in Oskar Pascal’s house. Otherwise, we can all just order a Sellita with custom finishing and call it in-house as well.
“Engineered and designed in Sweden, in close collaboration with Cyrano Devanthey in Switzerland – one of few watchmakers in the world with the knowledge of complete handmade, precision wristwatches.” –Oskar Pascal Details page (9/23)
“The beating heart in OP consists of a self-winding mechanical chronograph, developed and manufactured by Vaucher in Fleurier, Switzerland, one of the most prominent high-grade movement makers in the world.” -Source same as above
Who made this movement? Vaucher? Cyrano? Oskar? In whose house?
The point in semi-rant-like sections like this is that the brand makes nice looking watches, they don’t need to use words such as in-house or haute horology.